‘Mis-tweeted’ over the welcome sign issue?

As a direct result of the Keighley News printing my letters regarding the absence of a town council welcoming sign for Bogthorn, I have been visited twice by Councillor Graham Mitchell who has kindly advised me as to how I can progress the issue.
However he has specifically requested I make you aware of the town council’s concern over  my reporting that a Bogthorn sign was being kept under wraps for some reason or other. It would seem I have been mis-tweeted as he assures me that no such sign exists.
He also stressed the town council is somewhat concerned the suggestion such a sign did exist is now in the public domain and such misinformation is damaging to the town council’s good name. It was never my intention to cause such a fuss. I simply wanted for Bogthorn what just about every other district of Keighley already has.

Greystone Cottage Bogthorn

Best wishes message for your retirement

Mr Hoddy  write to wish you well in your retirement. I think that you have done a fantastic job for us in Keighley and have contributed greatly to fostering a meaningful sense of community here.
You have given all sections of us fair exposure, and in particular, you have promoted all that is positive and sought to make this widely knows. Your front page and headlines have invariably reflected an equable balance between the sad and the happy, the negative and the positive aspects of our community.
Some papers consistently prioritise ‘shock-horror’ incidents – the latest stabbing, vandalism and so on. You have rung the changes, and this has prevented this person certainly from feeling overwhelmed by ubiquitous bad news. A big thank-you for all this and may your successor follow closely along the path you have skilfully and mindfully forged and serve us as well – if they can.


Styveton Way Steeton

EDITOR’S NOTE: I am indeed humbled by the letters and emails readers have sent. Thank you all for your good wishes.

Survey reveals terrible toll of killer brain bug

September 17 to 23 is our annual Meningitis Awareness Week and the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) would like to remind the people of Keighley to Be Meningitis Wise. Meningitis and septicaemia are deadly and can strike anyone without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering aftereffects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs.

MRF recently explored the impact of the diseases in our project Counting The Cost Of Meningitis and estimated the lifelong costs to the UK Government of medical treatment and ongoing care for a person seriously disabled by the disease are around £3 million. There is currently no vaccine for meningococcal B disease, which is responsible for the majority of cases in the UK and Ireland, so the public needs to be aware of this. Our advice to the public is to trust your instincts and if you think a loved one may have meningitis or septicaemia get medical help immediately. To find out more,visit the MRF website on www.meningitis.org or call the free Helpline on 080 8800 3344.


Chief executive Meningitis Research Foundation

Shame people missed this real musical treat

How lucky were we in Keighley on Friday night when Bradford and international blues legend John Verity appeared at The Exchange Arts centre? The music was fantastic, the band and guitar playing as tight as ever. What a shame it wasn’t a capacity crowd, as Keighley was so lucky to be included in the tour dates (we don’t often get the big names in Keighley). Next time John is in town, be sure to get your tickets early, you are in for a treat!


Oakworth Keighley