STAFF at a museum due to close its doors in under a fortnight have gone out "on a high" with their last ever Christmas event.

Visitors flocked to the Red House Museum in Gomersal for its Red House at Christmas event, the last to be staged before its closure to the public on December 21 due to cuts being made by Kirklees Council.

The house was decorated as it might have been in the 1830s, when Charlotte Bronte was a regular visitor.

There was a traditional kissing ball hanging in the hall of the Grade II-listed 17th century house, and guests enjoyed fireworks and performances from the Nonsuch Dulcimers, Honley Brass Band, and the local community choir.

Jacqueline Ryder, chairman of the Friends of Red House group, had said the occasion would be "bittersweet."

She said: "It was absolutely brilliant, we had more visitors today than ever before.

"We've just finished with fireworks and the brass band.

"Everyone is very sad, but we are still on a high because we've had such a good day.

"The house was looking beautiful, and people were here in costume.

"It was a fitting end."