KEIGHLEY'S cenotaph is receiving an intensive clean for the 100th anniversary year of the start of the First World War.

Scaffolding was erected next to the Town Hall Square monument to enable the work to begin.

Councillor Brian Morris, chairman of Keighley Town Council's allotments and landscapes committee, said: "In April, I made a promise that the cleaning of the cenotaph was already in hand.

"The work has started with an initial clean, and the next step is to assess what is required now the fungus and debris has been removed.

"Some flagstones need lifting and re-laying to make them level to prevent standing water from causing unnecessary damage.

"There will also be further work like pointing, cleaning of the setts around the monument and coating with a breathable anti-fungal chemical to prevent further growth.

"The allotments & landscapes committee of Keighley Town Council is proud to be involved in the restoration of such a valuable and treasured asset to the town.

"The cost of the work is over £9,500. Once complete, this project will serve as a proud tribute to the fallen from all conflicts that this country and its allies have and are still involved in."