200th birthday treats for fans of Charlotte Bronte

A TRIO of events is coming up at the end of the month to mark the 200th birthday of Charlotte Bronte.

First is a charity fair at Dewsbury Town Hall on Friday, June 24, featuring music and costumed guests from the Victorian period (11am-3pm).

Funds raised will go to the Better Future for the Blind group and Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

There will be stalls, games, refreshments and a giant birthday cake.

Bronte memorabilia, a special quiz and a talk about the famous literary family are among the other attractions.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees, Coun Jim and Carol Dodds, are due to attend at 11.30am.

Later that day at St Mary’s Parish Church in Mirfield there is a screening of Anne Bronte: The Final Journey (7.30pm).

Film-maker Ann Dinsdale, also collection manager at the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, will be there for a question-and-answer session.

There will also be a raffle, plus books and DVDs on the Brontes for sale.

Tickets (£5, including refreshments) are available from Ruth on 07840 395096, or pay on the door.

On Saturday, June 25, a unique walk takes place from Dewsbury to Mirfield showcasing local Bronte history.

The four-mile route takes ramblers to the two schools where Charlotte Bronte taught.

Trekkers will go from Healds House, on Healds Road in Dewsbury, to Roe Head in Mirfield, now the home of the Hollybank Trust.

Anne Bronte was a pupil at Healds House when older sister Charlotte was headteacher.

It is the first time the walk has been held. Stout footwear is recommended and walkers need to be fit for the hilly route.

For details, email organisers Paul and Chris Horbury at phorbury@aol.com.

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