VISITORS flocked to Red House Museum to celebrate the 200th anniversary of one of Spen’s most illustrious characters.
This year marks the bicentenary of the marriage of the Rev Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell, and to mark the event, as well as Christmas, the Friends of Red House held a special event complete with costumed characters.
On hand to welcome guests was Carol Fox, a direct descendant of the vicar, who made his first marital home in the Spen Valley. Santa was also there, and the Kirklees Brontë group members dressed as Mr Brontë, a mill owner at the time of the Luddite uprisings and men and women of the time.
One of the organisers, Imelda Marsden, said it went so well it was hoped it would become an annual event. Money raised will help publish a book about past residents and visitors to Red House. In turn, the book will raise funds for Holly Bank School and Friends of Red House.