PHOTOS taken around Keighley feature in a new book.

Keighley Photographer is the work of resident John Tickner, who moved to the town from Oxfordshire over 30 years ago.

The project has been supported by the Keighley Big Local Partnership, which awarded a £275 grant for three copies of the book to be published.

They have been donated to Hainworth Wood Community Centre, Keighley College library and the town's main library.

And Keighley Library was so impressed with the book it funded the publication of two further copies for the reference section.

"The Keighley Big Local Partnership supports a diverse range of projects big and small and what connects them all is a celebration of the town," says Shaun O'Hare, for the partnership.

"The images within John’s book provide a record of the town's recent past and are helping to stimulate conversation."

John says: "I have been a keen photographer for longer than I care to remember.

"When the pandemic struck with the restrictions on our freedom that came with it, I realised that although I had taken photos of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on a regular basis, I'd never turned my lens on the town and the immediate surrounding area. But here was the perfect opportunity for a new project, and one that didn't breach the Covid travel restrictions.

"I walked up hill and down dale and photographed the area just as I found it, not to do a hatchet job, but at the same time not to edit out the faults. Some may question the number of photos taken in rain, fog and snow or at night, but this was not an attempt to create an unfavourable impression. I just think these images often convey feeling and atmosphere."

John selected some of his photos to include in a one-off book.

When fellow resident and River Worth Friends member Sue Patchett saw it, she suggested the book deserved to be seen by a wider audience and successfully applied on John's behalf to Keighley Big Local Partnership for funding.

The book is split into three sections – Keighley town, the River Worth and its tributaries, and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

John says: "Some of the town pictures may seem mundane, but it's just such everyday scenes that are worth recording for posterity.

"I hope the book fuels debate and brings pleasure to anyone who views it."