Thousands of pounds have been granted to a community group to help celebrate Featherstone’s mining and rugby heritage.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £67,500 to the Featherstone Rovers Foundation to preserve the club’s link with the town’s mining history.
A full-time heritage officer will be employed for two years to work with the community on the project, which will include regular heritage themed events and a themed heritage week in the town.
Laurabeth Jaggar, head of community development for the Foundation, said: “We are delighted to have received the support of HLF and are confident the project will support members of our community to be active citizens with pride in their town which is steeped with heritage.”
Heritage days will also be provided to 20 schools in the area and a dedicated website will be launched to engage the community in its heritage.
The officer will work with the community to source, collect and preserve Featherstone Rovers’ heritage and the project will also include opportunities for volunteers to take leadership on its events gain qualifications.