A plaque dedicated to the seventeen girls who lost their lives in the Colne Bridge fire 200 hundred years ago, was unveiled at the Beaumont Arms. The short ceremony took place just a few yards from their memorial on July 4th and was attended by many people who took part in the Bicentenary Commemorations in February 2018.

The plaque was unveiled by Roy Plumb, a descendant of the factory foreman James Sugden, who was in charge of the mill at the time of the fire. The Reverend Ian Jones, Rector of Kirkheaton Church where the victims are interred, then gave a blessing.

The plaque will be a permanent fixture which will remind locals for generations to come, about the tragic event.

Thanks were given to the manager of the pub, David and Heineken’s brewery for their support and the buffet supper!

The picture shows from l to r Roger Armitage [Kirkheaton Family History Group], Roy Plumb, Reverend Ian Jones and Richard Heath [whose tireless work made the Bicentenary Commemorations and the plaque  happen]