A children’s home that has been running in Otley for 114 years will close this weekend.

Thousands of young people have lived at Inglewood Children's Home since it was built, originally on Inglewood Drive, in 1899.

The facility, which relocated to Whiteley Croft Garth in the mid-1980s, will shut on Saturday as part of a shake-up by Leeds City Council that will see three smaller homes built.

A former resident, who did not want to be named, praised the positive role Inglewood and its staff had played during the formative years of many children's lives.

He said: “It would be nice for young people who may have lived at Inglewood over the years to wish farewell to their former home, and what was a sentimental part of many of their childhoods.”

The city council said plans for the three smaller replacement homes, which it was aiming to open as soon as possible, were at an “advanced” stage.