Keighley college display honours former student

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A former Rolls-Royce employee who studied in Keighley has been honoured with a commemorative display at Keighley Campus, Leeds City College.

John Parkes, who died in 2010 aged 95, was a student at Keighley Technical College in the 1930s where he studied mathematics for engineering. This led him into a career at Rolls-Royce and a lifelong passion for mechanics and engineering.

In acknowledgement of his love for the subject, his family have established an annual bursary of £500 to the college, to recognise the achievements of students.

Mr Parkes’ daughter and her husband, Gill and Rick Battarbee, were joined by friends and family and campus staff to unveil a display in the college atrium which tells the story of his life and engineering interests.

A college spokesman said: “The bursary is given to students who have achieved highly in the field of mechanics or engineering, or have made an outstanding contribution to college life.”

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