RIDDLESDEN is to host two First World War plays that feature people and places from the village.

Local actor and playwright Richard Walsh originally wrote the one-act plays in 2018 for performance at Bingley Little Theatre's Studio.

Journey From Fiji and Nursed To Death will now make their Riddlesden debut at the United Reformed Church on Scott Lane, on March 28 at 7.30pm.

Proceeds of the evening will go to the Royal British Legion.

They have been staged to commemorate 100 years since the next-door Riddlesden War Memorial Institute opened its doors to the public.

Richard, a trustee and chairman at the Institute, said: "The Institute was built as a memorial to the ultimate sacrifice of Riddlesden soldiers in lands far from home.

"Since then many dedicated volunteers have kept the building and grounds in good repair to be used and enjoyed by many local groups and individuals.

Richard said the two plays were based upon real local people and events between 1914 and 1918.

He said: "They focus on the sacrifice and dedication given to the war effort but close to our home town.

In Journey from Fiji, we see the story of one brave young man who came from the other side of the world to fight for his King and Country.

"Badly wounded, he was transferred to a War Hospital at Morton Banks, near Keighley.

"His story is a true record of just one soldier and how the local hospital in Riddlesden looked after him and many others in their time of need.

"Nursed to Death recounts the bravery and dedication of one young lady who could have simply stayed at her comfortable home during the war, but like many others, chose not to do so.

"The Clarkson family lived at West Riddlesden Hall, a 17th century manor house, tucked away beside the canal at Riddlesden.

"James Clarkson was a wealthy solicitor and we follow the actual true story of Hilda, his eldest daughter.

"Like many ladies of this time, she wanted to change the way women were perceived and treated. Volunteering for nursing duty was her way to have some independence and make her mark in society.

"All the characters portrayed here formed part of the real and remarkable story of a true heroine, Miss Hilda Clarkson."

Richard, said that in writing the place he wanted to show how important Morton Banks War Hospital and local people, especially local women, were in the country’s war effort.

He added: "Poignant and thought-provoking, each play will capture the dedication and courage of ordinary people from many backgrounds."

A production of Bingley Little Theatre Studio, the double-bill will feature actors well-known from appearances at both BLT and Keighley Playhouse.

Call 07704 996950 to book tickets, which cost £5 for adults and £2 for under 18.