Battle breaks out at Dalton Mills in Keighley

Keighley News: Part of Dalton Mills following a fire in recent years Part of Dalton Mills following a fire in recent years

Battle is to break out at a historic Keighley mill visited last month by leading politician Ed Balls.

Would-be warriors will go into combat in derelict areas of Dalton Mills with replica guns.

Organisers said the former textile mill, in Dalton Lane, had the perfect ‘post-apocalyptic feel’ to recreate hit computer game Call of Duty.

Yorkshire company Alpha One is recruiting teams for the monthly battles using airsoft BB guns.

Alpha One spokesman Jimmy Gillies described airsoft as a more tactical version of paintball, allowing people to have a real-life attempt at playing Call of Duty.

He said: “The layout of the derelict parts of Dalton Mills gives it a fantastic backdrop – the site has a great post-apocalyptic feel that will add an extra dimension to the games.”

The company already runs regular airsoft events at its 110-acre woodland site just off the M1 towards Wakefield.

The Dalton Mills version will run for only a limited time, as the 200,000 square-foot site is undergoing restoration.

Alpha One give a presentation last month to some of the 26 companies who are based in already-restored parts of the mill complex.

The airsoft days will be the latest in a series of unusual events that have been arranged at Dalton Mills, following on from Frights Nights West Yorkshire’s first ghost hunting tour.

Ghost Hunt Live plans its own event in October.

Alpha One has close links with the charity set up by Lyn Rigby, the mother of murdered Fusiliers LeeRigby.

Lee Rigby United Forces provides emotional and financial support for bereaved families of Armed Forces personnel.

Alpha One planned to raise money for the charity last weekend (June 6), with a Yorkshire versus Lancashire airsoft tournament at its Wakefield site.

Visit alphaoneairsoft.com to find out how to take part in the war games.

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