Dales of Thirsk have been privileged to have designed, manufactured and installed some truly spectacular special commissions including:

  • Community and individual art projects and schemes which contain stone features, sculptures, and carvings
  • Corporate signage
  • Information plaques
  • Lettered and decorated feature stones and natural boulders
  • Natural stone landscape features
  • Statues and fountains
  • Special individual bespoke headstones and memorials

Here are two very special commissions.

Joe Lister Memorial

Joe Lister, a pupil at Tadcaster Grammar School was fatally injured during a school caving trip to Manchester Hole. Headteacher Geoff Mitchell, pupils and Joe’s family approached Dales to design, manufacture and install a fitting memorial to Joe, to capture his zest for life and also provide a place for quiet reflection for his family and friends.

Neil Collinson liaised closely with all parties to truly understand what Joe had meant to everyone and the eventual design has been described as ‘beautiful’, ‘inspirational’, ‘delicate’ and ‘genuine’.

Neil selected the base boulder and ‘seats’ from the local Tadcaster limestone quarry next to the school and the feature ball is made from black granite and high gloss polished.

Each stone ‘seat’ bears a letter from Joe’s name and surname.

Second Lieutenant Donald S Bell (VC) Memorial

The memorial was built through an initiative of The Friends of The Green Howards Museum and unveiled by General The Lord Dannatt, then colonel of the regiment, on July 9 2000, at the spot where Donald lost his life July 10 1916, now known as Bell’s Redoubt.

Donald Bell was the first professional footballer to enlist as a volunteer in 1914 and tragically killed in action 5 days after the heroic actions which led to his receiving the Victoria Cross.

As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, Dales were asked to renovate and expand his memorial in France.