WORK is under way to clean decades of dirt off Huddersfield Town Hall.

The first phase of extensive stone cleaning and repairs has started on parts of the Ramsden Street building.

Clr John Smithson, Kirklees Council's Cabinet member responsible for regeneration, said: "The first elevation to be tackled is the Ramsden Street face, including the civic insignia at parapet level.

"This part of the work will be finished in time for the important twinning ceremony, to celebrate 50 years of links with Besancon, at the beginning of October, and also for our concert season.

"The stone- cleaned building will provide a better image of the town hall on this busy street.

"It will also add to the attraction of the town centre and provide a more pleasant backdrop for wedding photos, often taken on the Ramsden Street steps."

From October, work will move to Peel Street.