Great Talk, Great Turnout

A big thank you to artist Kevin Bell, who spoke to the History Society at Keighley Library on Wednesday night about growing up in the town in the late 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. He shared memories of school, the Mechanics’ Institute, waiting to use a public phone box, scrumping for apples, using donkey stones to clean stone steps, Millers shop on North Street, Keighley gala, the ABC Ritz cinema, the market and night clubs in Haworth, accompanied by his fantastic paintings.

And a big thank you to everyone who came along to hear and see Kevin. Over 50 people came along on a rather damp night – we had to keep asking the very helpful library caretaker for more chairs!

If you are interested in seeing Kevin in action, he will be painting his latest piece, that marks the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of Keighley War Memorial, in Keighley Library on Wednesday and Thursday next week (21st and 22nd February 2024). Please pop down and say hello.

Author: Admin Tim

Tim is a committee member of the Keighley and District Local History Society, with responsibilities for archiving the physical and digital collections, and managing some of the social media channels. He moved to Keighley about 15 years ago and joined the Society to learn more about the area.

2 thoughts on “Great Talk, Great Turnout”

  1. Being a new member partaking on zoom, not knowing what to expect. It was a thoroughly good and interesting evening and being able to relate to some of Kevin’s stories was great, and very nostalgic. Thank you to everyone and I am looking forward to the next one.

    1. Delighted you enjoyed it. It’s an extra challenge for us to broadcast on Zoom at the same time but it seems to be appreciated by those who join in that way, which makes the extra hard work worthwhile. Big thanks to Steve, our technical guy who handles the Zoom (and had the extra challenge last night of following Kev with the camera!).

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