A PASSIONATE campaign is being launched this week to rid Holmfirth of an eyesore.
The town is well-known for its picturesque lanes and terraces featured in Last of the Summer Wine.
But it is less well known for its ugly, derelict, abandoned Lodges super- market overlooking the town centre bus station.
However, the situation could change soon, because Channel 4's Demolition programme has shortlisted the building - owned by local pharmacy chain Medicare - to be featured on the show. And local campaigners, who want the building pulled down, are delighted and rallying support.
They will be in Holmfirth tomorrow, asking shoppers and visitors to call for immediate demolition.
The building, which spans and hides the town's river from view, has been empty for more than seven years and has broken windows and graffiti.
Local baker Greg Christofi said: "We have had many promises over the years from the owners that work is going to proceed. But when will it ever happen?
"It was an ugly building when it was built, and now it's a danger to our health and safety, with broken windows, as well as being a blot on the landscape."
Mary Hill, who runs the Holmfirth - Sort it! Campaign, says: "We continue to be scandalised at the lack of social responsibility of the owners for allowing Lodges to get into such an appalling state.
"We urge everyone to go to www.channel4.com/demolition to register their support for the building being knocked down once and for all by shaming the owners on national TV."