A TIME-travelling story will be performed by schoolchildren as part of celebrations marking the reopening of Keighley's Cliffe Castle park.

Year-six pupils from Long Lee and Ingrow primaries will help launch Sunday's (Dec 10) event with the drama, which they researched and helped write themselves.

The youngsters gathered ideas for their production – Keighley's Past, Present and Future – at a Bradford Council workshop at the museum.

Claire Ackroyd, the council's learning manager, said: "Everyone is familiar with the story of A Christmas Carol and it has helped inspire this performance.

"Our museums and parks team has run workshops and they have helped the pupils to explore the whole of Cliffe Castle for their performance.

"The children have had some brilliant ideas and their show will make a great contribution to our celebrations."

Megan Davey, assistant headteacher for English at Ingrow Primary, said the pupils had been "totally enthralled" with the workshop and were now putting finishing touches to their production.

"The children have been very engaged with the project from the start and are eager to share their newly-acquired knowledge about our local history with others," she added.

"They feel proud to be asked to take part in this special opportunity and are really rising to the challenge."

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, the council's executive member for environment, culture and sport, said: "This has been a great project for the children to be involved with.

"They have been able to help bring their local history to life and their performance will make the reopening of Cliffe Castle all the more exciting."

The performance is in the museum's Bracewell Smith Hall at 11.30am.