TAKE a walk down Memory Lane in Mirfield.
That’s the invitation from people in the town, where the industrial heritage can now can be explored with the brand new historical trail: ‘Mills, Mines and Malt’.
A 1.5km walk along the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal towpath, featuring information panels, has been devised and created by a group of young people with physical and learning disabilities.
And after three years of hard work, and the help of charity Dare 2B Different, the group yesterday officially launched the trail from Shepley Bridge to Mirfield.
Martin Bedford, from Dare 2B Different, said: “The young people involved in this project got a tremendous boost in confidence, knowing that their volunteering is helping to tell others about our town’s history.
“Metal sculptures on the towpath look fantastic and almost everyone passing the information boards is stopping to find out more.”
The youngsters researched the history of Mirfield and thought up ways in which they could interpret the past through film and art.
They enlisted the help of sculptor Eva Mileusnic to create interpretive metal sculptures.
Eva, from Birkenshaw, used traditional forging techniques to create the artworks which were installed along the trail.
The group also shot a film about the history of Mirfield with the help of film company Small Cog.
They chose the name ‘Mills, Mines and Malt’ to reflect the industries of Mirfield, which were connected along the waterways. Mirfield was also a centre for boat building and each industry is explained in a number of information boards dotted along the path.
Guides of the 1.5km trail are available free from Mirfield Library and the group are hoping to launch another guide for the town centre.
Project manager Marie Millward said: “The towpath is a lovely place to walk and we hope we have provided a brilliant surprise around every corner.
“This has been a fascinating project, bringing together the work of the young people involved with high quality information and design with the creativity of Eva to produce a really great end result.
“Mirfield is full of wonderful and supportive people and we could not have completed this project without the help and expertise of other local charities, groups, historians and local businesses.”
The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots programme and funding from Kirklees Council.
Mirfield Historical Society and British Waterways helped to research the project.