Norland Moor, Sowerby Bridge: Eric Daniels 26.01.1930 – 01.96.2006

On a recent visit to Yorkshire, after a lovely walk along the canal and a pub lunch in Sowerby Bridge, we walked back to Elland over Norland Moor, a popular area for local walkers and an important fragment of upland heath.  Crisscrossed with footpaths, people like Norland Moor for the elevation, open views over to Halifax and the peace and quiet.  The highest point, with a trig point, is at 284 metres and nearby is a large rocky outcrop called The Ladstone, which some think was a place for Druid rituals.

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According to Calderdale Council there are 28 memorial benches on Norland Moor.  I don’t think we saw all of them but of the many we walked by on our walk I noticed this bench to Eric Daniels.  The plaque affectionately describes Eric Daniels as, ‘A man of boundless energy and enthusiasm, who gave so much and inspired so many.’

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Eric’s  Bench A place to sit and remember a man of boundless energy and enthusiasm, who gave so much and inspired so many 26.01.1930 Eric Daniels 01.06.2006

Eric’s bench was the perfect place to rest after the steep hill up to the moor.  I sat and enjoyed the view over the golf course, wishing I had met Eric Daniel’s.

Saltaire: Shelley-Marie Armitage 22.9.78 – 26.4.2010

The West Yorkshire village of Saltaire is a favourite place to visit.  The elegant old mill has been restored and has lovely cafes and interesting shops and the rows of terraced streets are attractive.  On this visit, after the cafe, we crossed the canal and the River Aire into Roberts Park before walking up to Shipley Glen.  In a fantastic position overlooking the river, the weir and Salt’s Mill I found this moving memorial bench to Shelley-Marie Armitage.


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Shelley-Marie Armitage died tragically at the age of just 31 years.  Along with Susan Rushworth and Suzanne Marguerite Blamires, Shelley-Marie Armitage was murdered in 2010.  The brutal killer who took the life of these three women was arrested and is now in prison.  Shelley-Marie Armitage’s family will, of course, never forget her and this beautifully positioned memorial bench with its simple and poignant quote will touch the hearts of others.  I sat with Shelley-Marie Armitage looking over the River Aire for a while lost in thought.  When you visit Saltaire perhaps you can do the same.

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“Rest With Me a While” In Loving Memory of Shelley-Marie Armitage 22.9.778 – 26.4.2010

Haworth: Derek Ernest Foster 5th June 1931 – 3rd August 2012

If you walk away from the central bustle of the lovely West Yorkshire village of Haworth and follow the road out of the village that heads off up to the moors, turn left off the main road and you find yourself on Cemetery Road.  Walking along this road you get a fantastic view over the Worth Valley.  Walk beyond the Cemetery [after exploring] and you are looking over Lower Laithe Reservoir to the village of Stanbury on its ridge.  Here in this lovely spot I found the memorial bench to Derek Ernest Foster.

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Derek Ernest Foster died peacefully at home at the age of 81-years, leaving his wife Mary and father of five children.  The memorial bench to remember Derek Ernest Foster suggests a family man who was very much loved and had a good sense of humour and also enjoyed the beauty of the landscape around Haworth.  This bench, dedicated in loving memory by his family, gives passers by a glimpse of the sort of man Derek Ernest Foster was and I appreciate the family’s generosity in sharing their memories.


In Loving Memory of Derek Ernest Foster. A sincere and dear Husband, Father & Grandfather who regularly appreciated the surrounding natural beauty from this location, flippantly quoting “which Architect designed all this”. Infinitely loved and Eternally missed. 5th June 1931 – 3rd August 2012