AN artist who over the past few years has painted scenes depicting his memories of growing up in Keighley during the 1960s and 70s is giving a presentation in the town.

Kevin Bell will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of Keighley and District Local History Society.

The session, on Wednesday, February 14, is the society's first in-person meeting of the year – this month's was held via Zoom.

Anyone is welcome to attend.

Tim Neal, for the society, says: "Subjects of Kevin's paintings include the Mechanics’ Institute fire of 1962, the night bus around town, the Bronte Parsonage and Keighley railway station.

"He is currently looking at other key moments from the town’s past to be his next projects.

"Kevin talks passionately about his childhood memories – and many of the things he references will be recognised by listeners of a certain age.

"The meeting is open to everyone."

It takes place upstairs at Keighley Local Studies Library, in North Street.

Doors will open at 7pm, with the meeting starting at around 7.20pm and the talk ten minutes later. It will finish at about 8.30pm.

Anyone arriving after 7pm is asked to use the library side entrance, in Albert Street.

Admission is £3.50, or free for society members.

People are welcome to join the society, and pay in cash, on the night. Membership for the remainder of 2024 costs £15, or £20 for a couple living at the same address.

Keighley and District Local History Society this year marks its 20th anniversary.

The organisation stages monthly meetings, which members can attend for free.

There is also the option of taking part via Zoom.

There are four newsletters a year, which are distributed to members via email, and normally at least one visit is organised.

The society has a digital collection of more than 20,000 photographs and images – of people, places, events and objects – hosted on the online platform Flickr, which anyone can view. The images are arranged in albums relating to the subject matter, or the person who took the pictures or donated them.

There is also a physical archive of objects such as books, pictures, paintings, maps, ornaments and postcards.

For further information about the society, including details of its calendar of events and speakers for the coming year, go to

The society can also be found on Facebook – go to