TRIBUTE has been paid to a Silsden woman who has become a familiar sight running around the town in fancy dress during lockdown.

Mary Bear Taylor launched her initiative to cheer people up during the coronavirus crisis – but also to raise funds for a good cause.

And people turned out at Silsden Park, observing social distancing, in tribute as she completed her 100th run.

She was joined by several other runners, also in fancy dress.

Since she began her effort, Mary – who has donned an array of more than 30 costumes – has raised £2,000 for Airedale Hospital.

She said it was important to give something back to the NHS, which was saving countless lives during the pandemic.

Her online Just Giving fundraising page quickly smashed through its original £500 target.

Mary was also presented with £425, raised as a ‘thank you’ by appreciative residents April Gudgeon and Dawn Wade Hinchcliffe.

“We wanted to raise some money to support Mary and to show our gratitude – she is amazing,” said April.

“She has raised so much for the NHS.”

Last month, Mary won an Unsung Hero Award in recognition of her efforts.

The awards are being presented weekly by Keighley MP Robbie Moore to people who are going ‘above and beyond’ to help others during the Covid-19 crisis.

“Based on the number of emails I’ve received Mary has certainly brought cheer to people across Silsden in these difficult times,” said Mr Moore.

Mary has also been crowned this year’s Silsden Gala Queen.

Because of the coronavirus restrictions, the gala is being staged in a different format this time.

Every Saturday last month and this, posts are being put on Facebook telling people how they can get involved.