AN operatic society is on song as it marks a milestone.

Haworth West Lane Baptist Amateur Operatic Society is celebrating its 60th year.

Since November, 1964, the group has been performing Gilbert & Sullivan comic operettas and other musical entertainment at the village's West Lane baptist church.

Until 2019 members put on a fully-staged Gilbert & Sullivan show every November, and latterly a spring concert.

But more recently the society has shifted towards spring and Christmas concerts, plus a semi-staged Gilbert & Sullivan production in the summer.

And members have not restricted their activities to the church.

They have taken performances 'on the road', with venues over the years including Keighley Playhouse, Holy Family School in the town, Skipton Auction Mart and Eldwick Church.

In 2002, The Mikado was presented at Hebden Bridge Cinema, and then as part of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival at Buxton Opera House. Plus in 2007, the society staged its annual production – Ruddigore – at East Riddlesden Hall, by invitation of the National Trust.

To mark its milestone, the society is staging a concert celebrating 60 years of song.

A spokesperson says: "Whilst we will not forget our Gilbert & Sullivan roots, there will be pieces covering the full 60 years and the audience will also hear music from Doctor Who and Harry Potter amongst others. There will be opportunities for people to join in, or simply sit back and let us entertain you!"

Performances will take place at Haworth West Lane Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 8, at 7.30pm, and on Saturday, May 11, at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from or society members.

There is also a performance at Eldwick Church, in Otley Road, on Friday, May 10, at 7.30pm. Tickets for that are available from society members or on the door.

Tickets for all shows are £8, with under-16s admitted free.

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Productions to follow will include a semi-staged version of The Sorcerer in July and further concerts at the church in late November.

The celebrations have also included a gathering, at the church, of past and present members. Tea and cake was enjoyed, and visitors shared memories and viewed photographs.

The spokesperson adds: "The society has come a long way since 1964, but here we are 60 years later continuing to entertain the people of Haworth and beyond."