Art, poetry and song enthusiast Derrick Green has died, aged 81.

Mr Green, who lived with his wife Mary in Upper School Street, Steeton, was known by many in the area for his involvement in societies, such as Keighley Art Club, the Third Age Group and Keighley Music Club.

He was born on June 28, 1927, to Elsie and Joe Green in the same Steeton home he and his wife had shared for the last 40 years.

He was officially educated at Steeton Primary School before attending Keighley Technical College, but a genetic polio condition meant he spent a lot of time being cared for out of school.

Described as an “artist at heart”, Derrick worked in Fletcher’s Mill, Silsden, designing textiles before he set out to make his fortune in London.

Once in the capital he joined the civil service and freelanced for many well-respected art and textile companies.

His funeral service was held at Our Lady Mount Carmel, in Silsden, yesterday.