MEMORIES and early photographs of the Chevin Cross are being sought for an anniversary booklet.

The 36ft high wooden cross has been a feature of the Wharfedale landscape for virtually every Easter-time since 1969, when it was first raised.

Installed at Surprise View, on Otley Chevin, each Easter the structure was the brainchild of the Otley Council of Christian Churches.

Next Spring will mark its 50th anniversary and Churches Together in Otley is producing a special brochure to commemorate the event.

Otley resident and author John Burland, who is leading the project, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who has helped with the cross over the years, or for whom the cross has played an important part in their lives.

"If these memories could be sent in the form of a Word document, of no more than one side of A4 in length, to this would be appreciated.

"And if anyone has any photos of the cross being erected, particularly in the 1970s or 1980s, could they please scan those and send them to the same e-mail address.

"We have also set up a Facebook page for the anniversary, entitled Friends of Otley Chevin Cross."

Mr Burland hopes to get the booklet produced and printed in early 2018.