Queensbury celebrates being...Queensbury

Black Dyke Band plays at Black Dyke Mills as part of the Queensbury 150th anniversary celebrations.

Black Dyke Band plays at Black Dyke Mills as part of the Queensbury 150th anniversary celebrations.

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Celebrations are being held in Queensbury to mark the 150th anniversary of the naming of the village from Queenshead to Queensbury.

Today (Saturday, June 15) is the last day of Queensbury History Society’s photographic exhibition in Victoria Hall from 9am-3pm.

The team of seven volunteers led by archivist Sheila Thornton are putting on the exhibition and for the first time for 25 years the full archives will be on public view.

She said it would chart buildings past and present and the history of schools, chapels, Black Dyke Band, Foster’s Mill and much more.

“We have had so many new homes built in the village there are many ‘off-comers’ who don’t know about the history,” she said.

Secretary Hazel Pearson said: “People should come and see what a great history we have and it’s worth preserving what we have left.”

From June 12 dozens of shops and businesses in the village have been putting up bunting to celebrate.

During the Industrial Revolution, Queensbury was on the packhorse route between Halifax and Bradford and grew rapidly due to its textile links in the period when John Foster built Black Dyke Mills in 1835.

In addition to the erection of mill infrastructure, Foster built many buildings within the area to house and provide services for mill workers and their families.

The exhibition also documents the Foster family home - a 40-bedroomed mansion with a swimming pool which was demolished some time ago

Moreover, Foster sponsored Black Dyke Band - with over 150-years of rich musical history; is still a world renowned brass band, today. As part of the anniversary celebrations Black Dyke Band played at Black Dyke Mills.