History Group invites you to meet the ancestorsSilsden Local History Group is to run guided tours of the St James' Church graveyard. The "Meet our Silsden Ancestors" sessions will enable the public to hear stories behind some of the gravestones and memorials.The tours, seven in all, on July 15th, 16th and 17th, will be conducted by History Group chairman David Mason, who is pictured above on the right with committee members Geoff Foster, Val Carroll and Margaret Bishop Green.
The tours, among July's Grand deParty events, are due to include the graves of mill owners and workers, a farmer's son who drowned trying to rescue sheep in a storm, a clog-iron maker, a pioneering educationalist and the patriotically named innkeeper Albion Hargreaves. Attendance (limited to eight people per tour) is by ticket only, obtainable from Twiggs newsagents from July 8th. The charge of £1, payable on the tour, will go to the Grand deParty. Aspects and photographs of Silsden's past will also be featured at the History Group's coffee morning on July 15th at the Town Hall.