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Visitors enjoy history going on display in Keighley
10:40am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
Hundreds of people went along to historic buildings in Keighley on Saturday as part of the national Heritage Day.
Around 300 visited Keighley Library to see a host of displays about many aspects of local history.
The displays by around a dozen community groups focused on subjects such as schools, industry, war veterans, Silsden and Cowling.
Caroline Wood, Bradford Council's heritage outreach officer, said: “We invited lots of groups. One of the really popular ones was Frank O’Dwyer’s display about Keighley cycling in the 1960s.”
Mr O’Dwyer, a keen cyclist for many decades, devised the display to tie in with the Tour de France coming to Keighley next summer.
Popular Keighley historian Ian Dewhirst opened the library event with a talk about local cycling at the turn of the 20th century.
He then went to the nearby Keighley Town Hall to give further history talks, also as part of Heritage Day.
Keighley Town Council hosted activities at the town hall, which included displays of civic regalia, tours of the council chamber and talks on 1940s costumes.
Deputy town clerk Debbie Spink said: “It was very busy, flurries of people in and out.”
The Rev Peter Mott was delighted that almost 50 people went along to Keighley Shared Church to look at registers and other archives.
He said: “Several people were interested in seeing their own entry for their wedding or baptism, or looking up their ancestors. There were some quite interesting conversations.”
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