Following the announcement, Robbie Moore MP said:
“This is absolutely fantastic news for Keighley and Ilkley. I have been lobbying hard on this, and have met with the Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries countless times to promote our bid, and today’s result is testament to all the hard work.
It is no surprise to see our area selected, for Keighley and Ilkley is home to some of Yorkshire’s finest tourist attractions. This includes the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and Ilkley Toy Museum, who all stand to play a huge role in the District of Culture celebrations. Credit must also go to groups like Keighley Creative and the Keighley Art and Film Festival, who have played a key role in securing this status.
Past districts of culture have seen millions of pounds of investment and hundreds of jobs created, and I will work hard to ensure this is replicated across Keighley and Ilkley.”