Bill’s lasting memory

LASTING LEGACY: (From left) Gwen Marshall, from The Co-operative's Leeds and Wakefield Area Committee, with volunteers Anne Holland and Councillor Glen Burton.
LASTING LEGACY: (From left) Gwen Marshall, from The Co-operative's Leeds and Wakefield Area Committee, with volunteers Anne Holland and Councillor Glen Burton.

KNOTTINGLEY Town Hall has received £1,000 to commemorate the life of the town’s former mayor Bill Sarvent, who died earlier this year.

The Town Hall committee received the grant from The Co-operative’s Community Fund to install a bench outside the Headlands Lane hall in memory of Mr Sarvent, who was the group’s longest-serving member.

Mr Sarvent, who was also chairman of the town’s Royal British Legion (RBL) branch, died on May 8, aged 87.

Knottingley Coun Glenn Burton said: “We are thrilled with the grant. We hope the new bench will restore a sense of civic pride in the community, and we are pleased we have been able to dedicate it to Bill Sarvent.”

The Community Fund grants – awarded to community groups and projects across the country – are raised by members of The Co-operative Group who elect to donate all, or part of their twice-yearly dividend payments to the scheme.

Community Fund application forms are available online at www.co-operative.coop/communityfund or by calling 0844 262 4001.