Special events to mark Luddite uprisings

David Pinder is giving a talk on the Luddites at a Bronte Society event at the Hollybank School. They want people to come dressed up as Bronte characters or Luddites. David with Melaine Thompson, Imelda Marsden and Nicky Doyle. (d10041250)
David Pinder is giving a talk on the Luddites at a Bronte Society event at the Hollybank School. They want people to come dressed up as Bronte characters or Luddites. David with Melaine Thompson, Imelda Marsden and Nicky Doyle. (d10041250)
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LITERARY characters and historical figures will be getting together this weekend to mark the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprisings and the attack at Rawfolds Mill in Liversedge.

Tomorrow morning will see the official unveiling of the Luddite sculpture at the new Sparrow Park, created by Spen Valley Civic Society at the corner of Knowler Hill and Halifax Road.

The sculpture, which is the world’s only memorial to the Luddites, depicts a cropper in defiant mode, trying to protect his family from the threat of increasing mechanisation in factories.

The sculpture was delivered two weeks ago, but has been kept under wraps until the official ceremony.

After the unveiling invited guests will enjoy a reception at the Shears pub where the Luddites plotted their attack.

Tomorrow evening historian David Pinder will be giving a talk on the 1812 riot at the mill while dressed as mill owner William Cartwright.

There will also be a talk on Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley during the event at Hollybank School, Roe Head, Far Common Road, Mirfield.

The event starts at 2.15pm and guests are invited to go dressed as a character from Shirley or a Luddite. A prize will be given to the person in the best costume.

Tickets cost £6 and can be bought from Imelda Marsden on 01924 519370 or Nicky Doyle at Hollybank on 01924 490833.

Proceeds will be donated to the school.

Tomorrow evening the Mikron Theatre Company will be performing the world premiere of Can You Keep a Secret? at Oakwell Hall in Birstall though tickets have already sold out.

The play tells of the dramatic events that led to the assault at Rawfolds Mill, and the subsequent hanging of 17 men in York.