These last few months, or should I say ever since we launched a GoFundMe appeal to raise funds for a memorial plaque for the victims of the Helmshore rail crash of 1860, has, let’s just say – been interesting to say the least!
We have been passed from pillar-to-post in terms of gaining permission to erect a plaque in not one, not two but several locations close to where the incident took place all those years ago, and it is clear to us now that no-one is willing to put their name to a decision.
So with that being said, we have had enough of trying to do things the ‘correct way’.
Next month, September, we will be erecting the plaque close to the Ravenshore Viaduct and only a matter of yards from where the crash took place back in September 1860.
We will be putting together a video of us erecting the plaque and will of course place on our website a date when this will be occurring. We will also add a map of where the plaque will be centered upon so people can freely make their way to it as they please.
We do appreciate that it seems to have taken an age to get to where we are today, but we just wanted to go through the correct channels and make sure, legally, we were covered. But as we have said, this seems to have been a waste of time and effort, which is sad.
Where we are placing the plaque, it will not interfere with any wildlife or cause any damage to any structures or scenery and will not obstruct the public in any way, therefore this should not cause any issues with any governing bodies or wildlife trusts.
All names of those who have been extermely kind in donating to this memorial plaque will be added to our site and we will include those names on the video we are producing.
Again, many apologies for the long delay in getting all of this sorted.