‘Strictly come dancing’ to raise funds for war memorial window

A Huddersfield church is holding its own 'Strictly' night to raise funds for vital restoration work to its war memorial window.

The future of the east window at St John’s, Birkby is under threat and needs £200,000 in urgent repairs to prevent it from crumbling and to preserve it for future generations.

English Heritage has already agreed to help fund the restoration work but church members still need to raise a further £30,000.

So inspired by the popularity of the BBC’s dance show, they are putting on a dance night with special guest, the Lord Mayor of Kirklees and have lined up some amateur dancers to show their skills on the dance floor with modern and ballroom dance demonstrations.

Grahame Berry, church member and dance organiser, said: “
The beautiful window is a memorial to all those who gave their lives in the Great War. These are our parents, our grandparents and our great grandparents and it would be criminal to allow it to crumble away and lose this important part of our heritage and our inheritance.”


The dance at the Huddersfield Polish Centre on Saturday 27 October will feature modern ballroom and sequence. The music is by Brian Smith and doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost just £3.50 but donations to the window fund are welcome. Raffle and refreshments available.

For more information or tickets call Grahame on 01484 516945.

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