Ian Dewhirst

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Ian Dewhirst
Born (1936-10-17) 17 October 1936 (age 82)
OccupationHistorian

Ian Dewhirst, MBE (born 17 October 1936) is an accredited local historian, author and public speaker from Keighley, West Yorkshire. He regularly appears on local television, writes for newspapers and magazines, and gives historical talks.

Dewhirst has written countless books about Yorkshire; many being based on the history of his town. He writes a weekly column entitled 'Memory Lane' in the towns' newspaper, The Keighley News.[1] Subsequently, he has affectionately become known as Mr Keighley, and in 2009, he had a train named in his honour.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Ian Dewhirst was born in Keighley in West Yorkshire in 1936. He attended Keighley Boys' Grammar School and subsequently went on to graduate in Honours English at the University of Manchester in 1958. Ian's own reminiscences of his life can be seen in his article for mercurymoviemakers entitled "REMINISCENCES OF IAN DEWHIRST MBE" [3]

Awards and Honours[edit]

Ian was awarded an MBE in 1999 in recognition of his services to local history.[4] He has received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Bradford, and has had a local train named in his honour.[5]

Books and publications[edit]

  • A Century of Yorkshire Dialect: Selections from the "Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society"
  • A History of Keighley
  • Scar Top: And other poems
  • The handloom weaver and other poems
  • Yorkshire Through the Years
  • You Don't Remember Bananas
  • Victorian Keighley Characters
  • Gleanings from Victorian Yorkshire
  • Gleanings From Edwardian Yorkshire
  • In the Reign of the Peacemaker:
  • Keighley and District in Edwardian Photographs
  • Keighley at War:
  • Keighley in Old Picture Postcards
  • Keighley in the 1930s and 40s
  • More Old Keighley in Photographs
  • The Story of a Nobody: A Working Class Life, 1880-1939
  • Old Keighley in Photographs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Train Tribute for Local Historian". Keighley News. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  2. ^ White, Clive. "Mr Keighley makes plea for public transport". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.mercurymoviemakers.com/uploads/7/4/2/2/7422879/emem_dewhirst.pdf
    1. REDIRECT REMINISCENCES OF IAN DEWHIRST MBE
  4. ^ White, Clive. "Mr Keighley makes plea for public transport". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  5. ^ White, Clive. "Mr Keighley makes plea for public transport". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 21 June 2015.