Keighley area 'go local' event is huge hit

Kalem Ogden, Lindsey Ogden, Adell Esther and Kieran Esther try on some of the uniforms at the Police & Forensic Science Museum in Keighley’s Civic Centre

Kalem Ogden, Lindsey Ogden, Adell Esther and Kieran Esther try on some of the uniforms at the Police & Forensic Science Museum in Keighley’s Civic Centre

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People have flocked to the attractions taking part in an initiative to encourage local residents to enjoy visitor destinations on their own doorstep.

They took advantage of this year’s Go Local Sunday scheme, arranged by the Bronte Country Partnership tourism marketing group.

Last Sunday’s event saw a variety of attractions in Keighley and the Worth Valley provide free access in return for proof of residence in local postcode areas.

Participating venues included East Riddlesden Hall, the Police & Forensic Science Museum, Museum of Rail Travel, Ingrow Loco Museum, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Bronte Parsonage Museum and The Passionate Brontes’ Guided Walks.

A parsonage spokesman said: “We had more than 350 visitors on the day, with quite a few families.

“Everyone had a nice time, and we did particularly well in the shop.”

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway also reported a busy day, as did the Police & Forensic Science Museum, which is in the Keighley Town Council-run civic centre.

Town councillor Peter Corkindale said: “We had more than 300 people through the doors, and we had some extremely welcome comments from everyone who came along.

“Quite a lot of people said they would definitely be back, and we were busy all day.

“This was the second year we’ve taken part in Go Local Sunday, and for us, this year was the best so far.”

Graham Mitchell, of Keighley Bus Museum Trust, was part of a team operating a vintage bus service to transport visitors between the different attractions.

“The bus was well used throughout the day. The two places most frequently asked for were East Riddlesden Hall and the police museum,” he said.

“At two points in the day we picked up a queue of 50 people from outside East Riddlesden Hall, so they must have been busy.”

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