Undercliffe Cemetery Charity’s new Registrar and Coordinator.
Having taken up the post in January, Andy joins us as a former Picture Editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post. Andy left the Leeds based publications, in 2016 and completed an MA in Cinematics and Photography at the University of Leeds.
He is no stranger to Bradford and Undercliffe, having previously worked as both photographer and Picture Editor of the Telegraph & Argus.
Andy “As a photographer and a long term Bradford resident I’ve always had an appreciation of the beauty and importance of the site.
When I first joined the T&A, Dennis Flatt was Chief Photographer and it was his pictures, printed in the paper, that first alerted the public to the dire state of affairs that had been allowed to develop. Thankfully after a successful campaign the cemetery was saved.
I’m looking forward to contributing to secure the future of this important site.
I want to build on the amazing job done by my predecessor Mr. Neil McLellan and help preserve and maintain this amazing place for the future.
While we have a duty to look after the past, we still need to provide a burial service to the community and make sure that the future is assured.
Part of that preservation is to make the cemetery more relevant and to become part of the community. The very first Registrar William Gay was keen to encourage the public to use the space as a park.
He designed Undercliffe as a ‘garden’ where people could come, take in the fresh air enjoy the views and wide promenades across the 26 acres.
I’m keen that our Lodge building will be seen as a community meeting point, a resource which will be used as a classroom, a stage, a book club venue or just somewhere to meet up and go for a walk.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at The Lodge.