Haworth and Oaokworth features in railway programme with Michael Portillo

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Haworth and Oakworth are set to feature in a television series exploring Britain’s relationship with the railways.

The Bronte Parsonage Museum and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway will appear in an episode of Great British Railway Journeys, presented by former Conservative politician Michael Portillo.

The programme, which will include footage from Haworth and also Oakworth Railway Station, will be broadcast on BBC Two at 6.30pm on Thursdaym, January 9. Professor Ann Sumner, executive director of the Bronte Society, said the filming took place in May.

She added: “I did an interview with Michael about the Brontes’ relationship with the railways, and his visit has prompted us to have a new display on this subject in 2014. Mr Portillo was charming, very enthusiastic and it was a pleasure to welcome him.”

She said the interview examined subjects such as the Brontes’ experience of travelling by rail, Branwell Bronte’s stint as a railway employee and the role the railway played in making Haworth a tourist destination.

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