Haworth's Bronte Society celebrates 120th birthday with cake

Keighley News: Bronte Society executive director, Professor Ann Sumner, reviews minutes from the first meeting Picture Simon Warner Bronte Society executive director, Professor Ann Sumner, reviews minutes from the first meeting Picture Simon Warner

A literary society – believed to be the earliest in the English-speaking world – is celebrating its 120th birthday.

A special cake marking the Bronte Society milestone was produced for visitors to the Parsonage museum in Haworth on Monday.

Professor Ann Sumner, the society’s executive director, said: “We wish all our members a very happy 120th birthday.

“It was wonderful to see so many visitors on Monday, who enjoyed our cake.

“We are delighted the society is flourishing, and are looking forward to a year of exciting activity to mark the special anniversary.

“We have a long and fascinating history, as well as great opportunities ahead – we celebrate the bicentenary of Charlotte Bronte in 2016.”

More than 50 people attended the first meeting in Bradford of the Bronte Society, which now has members across the world.

A national programme of special activities marking the anniversary – including lectures, panel discussions and pop-up activities – will be launched at an event in London on February 19.

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