OTLEY Courthouse has made a donation to a group that campaigns for affordable public transport within the Yorkshire Dales.

The venue’s Trustees have given £100 to the Friends of DalesBus following a talk by the group’s Vice Chair, Colin Speakman.

Countryside campaigner Mr Speakman discusssed 50 Years of the Dales Way when he appeared at the Courthouse in December.

Hazel Costello from the Courthouse’s Trustees said the donation was a token of thanks to him for giving a ‘very interesting and informative talk’ - and a show of support for DalesBus.

She said: “The idea of the DalesBus is to encourage as many people as possible to get to the Dales on public transport, and using public transport is more important than ever with the need to use less cars and more buses and so contribute to lessening the effects of climate change.”

DalesBus is the name of a network of weekend bus services which are operated by the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company, a subsidiary of the Yorkshire Dales Society.