Today we had the unwelcome task of bidding goodbye to Ian Dewhirst.
Tim and I went along as represenatives of the Society, but other members had beaten us to it. By 10:30 the Church was full to bursting, even though upstairs had been opened. This gave Keighley a chance to pay their respects to one of their favourite sons.
Thanks to the Family for giving an opportunity for complete strangers to join them at such a private time and the Church for coping with the invasion.
The Keighley News has of course covered the Funeral in detail, so for those of you who live away here is the link.
Today we have had the sad announcement of the death of celebrated historian, author and local character Ian Dewhirst.
Ian was a supporter and Honorary Member of the Society, he has always encouraged us and has lead many of our meetings.
His vast knowledge and irreverent delivery, in Yorkshire dialect made him a joy to listen too. His strong support of the town’s library and his belief that local history MUST be kept available in the town will be missed. As will the antics that it sometimes lead him into. These have included getting into a skip to retrieve tomes from “his” Reference Library that the powers that be had decided were no longer needed in Keighley (he thought different and told them so in no uncertain terms), to being the DJ, and a good one, at a Library Music event last year.
Thanks for the memories, Ian – you will be sadly missed.
As many of you wil know the Local Studies Library is currently out of action, due to structural problems.
THE MEETING WILL STILL BE HELD AT THE LIBRARY, only downstairs., probably the area by the side door.
As the meeting is by one of our owm, Tim, this time it will be an “around the table” meeting, hopefully still with slides, but will still be based around gather information to go with the G L Kitchen pictures.
We will post about further meetings once their is more information regarding the situation.
The Keighley and District Local History was formed in 2004 to mark the centenary of the town’s Carnegie Library. Some photographs from the early years, taken by then secretary Barbara Klempka have been added to our digital archive on Flickr. Click on the image below to look through the album.
If you have any memories of the History Society’s early days please share below.
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