Festive Bronte Xmas treats

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THIS month sees the 200th anniversary of the marriage of the Rev Patrick Bronte to Maria Branwell and celebrations are being held in Spen, where the couple set up their first marital home.

Patrick, who was curate at Hartshead Church, married Maria on December 29, 1812, at Guiseley parish church in Leeds.

To commemorate the marriage, the Kirklees Brontë Group is holding an event at Red House Museum on Saturday December 15 from 1.15pm-3.15pm when mulled wine will be served by a descendant of the Brontës.

Santa will also be present and there will be books and toys for sale to help raise money to publish a book about past residents and visitors to Red House. Money from the sale of the book will go to Holly Bank and Friends of Red House.

The following day at 2pm there is a Christmas get-together for the Friends of Red House – all welcome.