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Bicentenary celebrations at Stoodley Pike monument

Bird's eye view as people gather at Stoodley Pike for bicentenary celebrations Credit: Sue Taylor
Music fills the air at Stoodley Pike to mark its 200th anniversary Credit: Sue Taylor
Giant puppets at Stoodley Pike for 200th birthday celebrations Credit: Sarah Clark

Celebrations have been taking place today at the summit of Stoodley Pike to mark the 200th anniversary of the laying of the original monument's foundation stone. The monument sits 121 feet high, on top of the world above Todmorden in West Yorkshire.

Brass band, samba bands and puppeteers joined walkers to celebrate the historic birthday.

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Two hundreds years anniversary of peace monument

Haunting: Stoodley pike is seen from miles around Credit: Calendar news

It's 200 years since the first stones were laid for the Stoodley Pike peace momument which stands proudly on top of the world above Todmorden in West Yorkshire. At 121 feet high, It has a magnetic appeal for walkers and cyclists alike.

And today they will be joined by brass and samba bands, pupeteers - and 200 homing pigeons which willl be released to celebrate the pike's Bicentenary.

The building of the original pike was inspired by the treaty of Paris in May 2014, symoblising the end of the Napoleonic Wars and effectively peace, at long last, between the English and the French.

Although the original was later destroyed by lightning, its present-day replacement is still listed amongst the oldest towers dedicated to peace in the world. It was completed in 1815 after the Battle of Waterloo.

So it's a fitting tribute to celebrate it's 200th anniversary in the summer the Tour de France passes just a few miles away - and with visitors from Todmorden's twin town of Roncq in Northern France who will be accompanying members of Calder Civic Trust, who have organised today's event.

Anyone wanting to join in the organised walk is asked to meet in the car park of the Top Brink public house between 12.10 and 12.30, the fun starting the pike at 2pm.

Bird's eye view for paragliders Credit: Calendar news
Pike pilgrimage - the monument has a magnetic attraction for walkers Credit: Calendar news


Police name bus stop crash victim

A teenager who was killed when a car crashed into a bus stop in Todmorden at the weekend has been named as Callum Brown.

Callum Brown Credit: West Yorkshire Police

18 year-old Callum was a passenger in a silver Peugeot 106 which collided with a bus stop and a tree in the early hours of Friday morning.

A 17 year-old male occupant was also injured in the collision and remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Police: 18 year old male victim of bus stop crash

Police say a person who died after a car crashed into a bus stop in Todmorden was an 18 year-old male.

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A 17 year old is currently in the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with serious chest injuries, but is said to be in a stable condition.

Their Peugeot crashed into a bus shelter and a tree around 4am.

Person killed after car crashes into bus stop

A person has been killed after a car left a road and ploughed into a bus shelter and a tree in Todmorden.

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The crash happened early today on Burnley Road.

A male passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.The car driver - also male - has been taken to hospital.

The road is expected to be closed for several hours while police investigate the crash.


Two West Yorkshire slaughterhouse bosses facing charges over horse meat

Two slaughterhouse bosses are facing charges over claims that they broke laws governing the traceability of horse meat.

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Peter Boddy, who owned the business in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, and David Moss, who was manager, are accused of breaching food regulations that say meat should be traceable from field to fork.

Sue Patten, head of fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"After an investigation by the Food Standards Agency, Dyfed Powys Police and Calderdale Council, criminal proceedings have been instituted against two individuals for failing to comply with the traceability requirements of horses slaughtered at and sold from premises in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

"It is alleged that Peter Boddy, owner of a West Yorkshire slaughterhouse and game dealer, and David Moss, the manager of the slaughterhouse, failed to comply with traceability requirements for horses slaughtered at their premises."

It is claimed that they each committed two breaches of Regulation 4 of the General Food Regulations 2004 between July 2012 and February 12 2013.

Moss is also charged with one count of forgery over claims that he faked an invoice for the sale of horse meat.

The pair are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 14.

It is not being alleged that the horse meat was being sold as another meat.

Hardy swimmers take the plunge

Hardy bunch: plucking up courage Credit: Calendar news

It's January - and it's cold - so today's the perfect day for a swim in Lee Dam, above Todmorden! That's what around 30 or so hardy souls will be doing this afternoon as they take the plunge at the The New Year swim.

Organised by Todmorden Swimming Club, it has been a tradition for more than 50 years and involves swimmers often breaking ice on the mill dam at Lumbutts, before entering the freezing waters.

Crowds normally gather to watch the fearless ones and the swim is followed by a presentation of prizes at a nearby pub. Calendar reporter Chris Kiddey even took part in it once - a never to be repeated experience, he says! Entrants are asked to gather at 1.30 so the swim can get underway at 2pm.

..... and they're off! Credit: Calendar news
"It's cold!" says Calendar's Chris Kiddey Credit: Calendar news

Money raised from the swim helps Todmorden Swimming Club to run courses and hire instructors through each year to help people learn to swim, or to improve their swimming.

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