All set for civic celebration

Civic heads from eight local authorities will join the mayor of Keighley this Sunday when Keighley Town Council holds its annual civic service.

This year’s event will also commemorate the tenth anniversary of the formation of the town council.

It will begin at 2pm with performances by the City of Bradford Pipe Band in Town Hall Square. The civic procession will set off at 2.30pm.

Among those in attendance will be the lord mayors of Bradford and Calderdale, the town mayors of Morley, Normanton, Skipton and South Kirkby & Moorthorpe, and the parish chairmen of Ilkley and Steeton-with-Eastburn.

The service itself will begin at 3pm in St Anne’s Church, North Street.

The event is open to all.

This year’s Keighley mayor is Councillor George Metcalf. He is the 88th councillor to wear the civic chains of Keighley since the 1882 incorporation of the Borough of Keighley and is the 11th councillor to hold the office of Keighley town mayor.

He said: “The town council has attracted more than its fair share of criticism but actually we have achieved an enormous turnaround of local pride and awareness in the last ten years.”

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