Cliffe Castle, Keighley, handbell ringers are music to visitors’ ears

Visitors to Cliffe Castle Museum sang along as handbell ringers played seasonal music this month.

Bingley Handbell Ringers performed in the newly-restored Bracewell Smith Hall.

The free concert was organised by Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group.

Spokesman, Sue Skinner, said the handbell ringers had become firm favourites at Cliffe Castle since they were first invited in 2011.

She added: “An elegant Christmas tree was the centrepiece in the hall, just under the original wooden lantern, now restored and reinstalled to complete the recreation of Sir Albert Richardson’s original vision.

“The sound of the handbell ringers rang out around the museum, attracting additional interest from families enjoying the displays. “ Santa visited the cafe on the same day, joining local musicians taking part in the monthly open mic afternoon.

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