BUSTS of Queen Victoria and her family will be put back on display at Halifax Town Hall next month for the first time in 50 years.
The sculptures had been put away in the basement, but have now been restored.
The marble busts of the queen, her husband, Prince Albert, son Albert Edward – the Prince of Wales and later Edward VI – and his wife Alexandra were presented to the people of Halifax from two then mayors to mark the opening of the town hall by the prince in 1863.
Direct descendants of the two mayors have been traced and will take part in the official unveiling at 11am on Saturday, September 6. Alderman John Crossley presented three of the busts. He will be represented by Ben Crossley, who will unveil the prince.
Next year Alderman William Holdsworth presented Prince Albert, who is to be unveiled by family member Ingrid Holdsworth, who is the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. She will unveil the queen and Calderdale Mayor Conrad Winterburn will unveil Alexandra.