A KEIGHLEY man's fundraising drive for Yorkshire Cancer Research accumulated even more cash at a pair of events in the town centre.

Community activist Charlie Bhowmick is giving away copies of his recently published biography – From Calcutta to Keighley – in return for donations to this charity.

On the afternoon of December 8 he staged a book signing on the ground floor of Keighley Library, which raised £71.

Mr Bhowmick said: "It went fantastically well and there was a good turnout of people who expressed an interest in reading my book.

"I'm aware that copies of it which have gone to my friends have made it as far as Australia, India, Canada and Dubai – which is really nice to know.

"I was also invited to give a talk and book signing at a meeting of Keighley & District Local History Society, in the civic centre. There were about 30 people present, and that raised another £42.

"The total amount collected is now heading towards £1,300, which I'm over the moon about.

"When I started on this book I didn't like the idea of selling it to make money, and I knew Yorkshire Cancer Research was in real need of funds."

Mr Bhowmick added he also had a chance to raise the profile for this good cause at Keighley Town Council's latest Christmas lunch for older people, which was also in the civic centre.