ILKLEY Library was the venue for the launch of a new book by local author and historian Mark Hunnebell on Friday, October 11.

Mark, of White Wells, gave a talk about his new book Secret Ilkley and also signed copies.

Secret Ilkley goes behind the façades of the familiar to discover the lesser-known aspects of the Ilkley’s long and illustrious past.

Mark takes the reader on an enlightening and entertaining journey through the past, delving beneath the surface to reveal dark deeds and strange tales with long-forgotten facts and amusing stories. This book lifts the lid on the hidden secrets that even most local people don’t know.

Supporting Mark at the book launch were his parents Edwin and Margaret Hunnebell and his partner Joanne Everall. Also there was Sally Gunton who kindly supplied many images for the book.

The event at Ilkley Library was organised by Caroline Brown, Local Studies & Archives Officer, who also took the photograph published here.

Mark said: “It was very well attended and was a pleasure to talk about “Secret Ilkley” to so many familiar faces. And thanks to everyone who bought a copy too!”

Secret Ilkley by Mark Hunnebell is published by Amberley Publishing and is priced £14.99.