War memorial celebrations

NEAABE110626a4, Jacksdale war memorial celebration day. Flag sellers Andrea Stamp and Hannah Johnson.
NEAABE110626a4, Jacksdale war memorial celebration day. Flag sellers Andrea Stamp and Hannah Johnson.

JACKSDALE has celebrated the second anniversary of the return of its war memorial statue at the weekend.

After years of hard work by two community groups, the statue of a soldier was added to top of the village war memorial to replace the original, blown off in a storm more than 50 years ago.

NEAABE110626a2, Jacksdale war memorial celebration day. Lowering of the flag at the memorial.

NEAABE110626a2, Jacksdale war memorial celebration day. Lowering of the flag at the memorial.

Amid the fun and games on Sunday, patriotic songs were sung around the memorial, led by the Pye Hill Male Voice Choir, and pupils from Jacksdale Primary School launched a book about the village a century ago, with proceeds from sales going to the school.

Two giant canvasses depicting the original memorial in 1921 and the new one were also unveiled and are to be used as way-markers for the old tramway which ran from Selston to the village.

Carol Taylor-Cockayne, of the Jacksdale Heritage Group, said: “It is so great to see community spirit is alive and well in the village. It is reminiscent of the May Day processions at the turn of the last century and the Jacksdale Jamborees.”