ALL THE family can enjoy the latest music day at Keighley Library.

Activities are being organised for children alongside the latest nostalgia presentation for adults who want to recall Keighley’s musical past.

‘Music and memories’ is the theme of the event on Saturday, December 8 to finish a year that featured live music, speakers and exhibitions in the library.

At 11am there will be a percussion workshop for children from the ‘Jamba’ community samba band, featuring Christmas bells.

The afternoon will feature live music, headlined at 1.30pm by a rock ‘n’ roll reunion for 1950s and 1960s revival band The Elderberries.

Lead singer of the band, Garth Cawood, has had a varied career which is still going strong today.

Many will remember him from popular Bradford band The Dingos who were hugely popular during the 1960s.

Garth was also a local entrepreneur in the music industry, and in the 1970s ran the popular Funhouse night club on North Street in Keighley.

By the early 1980s he and two business partners were running three successful West Yorkshire venues including Funnies, close to Forster Square in Bradford.

The Keighley library event will be compered by music historian Trevor Simpson, author of the book ‘Small Town Saturday Night’, making a return visit from Calderdale following his talk at the library earlier this year.

The live music will be interspersed by chat and discussion with the opportunity for questions from the audience for Garth and Trevor.

There will be a pop-up café providing light refreshments. Admission to the event will be free. No booking is needed, but people are advised to arrive early to ensure receipt.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “This is a great way to get involved in local culture, to celebrate the rich musical heritage of the district and to contribute to a constantly evolving record of social history.”

Email or call the Keighley Local Studies Library on 01535 618215 for further information.

The next event will be on January 26 at 2pm at Bradford Local Studies Library, when local music enthusiasts can hear a talk by Gary Cavanagh, author of ‘Music of the Valleys’, the history of Bradford’s music scene from the 1960s to 1980s.

Email or call 01274 433688 for further information.

Keighley Library began highlighting the town’s music history at National Heritage Day last year with an exhibition about the local scene during the 1950s and 1960s, including live performances by reformed bands.

The exhibition proved so popular that it was repeated, then the library this autumn unveiled a new exhibition by local historian Malcolm Hanson focusing on the 1970s.

Local band Howlin’ Johnny and the Devils Rejects performed during the launch.