MORE fabulous photos from four decades ago have been collated by Keighley and District Local History Society.

The images are from black-and-white negatives that were shot by the Keighley News.

The society acquired a whole collection of thousands of negatives in the summer.

They all capture life around the town and surrounding villages during a two-year period between August 1981 and 1983.

A huge range of topics and events is featured, including sporting fixtures, weddings, shows and galas, theatre productions, political activities and charity functions.

The latest batch all date from November 1981 and show street scenes in Keighley, Cross Hills, Eastburn, Haworth, Oakworth and Silsden.

The history society is scanning all the negatives and making them available to view on its Flickr site, at

More images are being added to Flickr on a month-by-month basis as the society works its way through the scanning process.

Tim Neal, archivist for the society, has been visiting the town’s Local Studies Library to research some of the stories behind the photos.

“Hundreds of images are already available to view on our Flickr page,” said Tim.

“Member Billy Stride helped with the scanning of this latest batch.”

The shots of Cooke Lane in Keighley pre-date the Airedale Shopping Centre becoming a covered precinct.

The centre was launched in May, 1968. It had been built by Murrayfield Real Estate Company.

Its location caused a huge shift in the town’s retail focus, as it was constructed across several of Keighley’s main shopping thoroughfares.

But it wasn’t until 1987 that a glazed roof was added and the building was radically transformed into a modern shopping area – including features such as automatic doors, sprinklers and fire alarms.

Store fronts were also refreshed.

Keighley-born actress Mollie Sugden – best known for her role as Mrs Slocombe in Are You Being Served? – was invited to cut the ribbon of the refurbished centre.