A CREATIVE celebration of Easter has inspired people across Ilkley to reach for their cameras and capture images of natural and man-made crosses for a church exhibition.

All Saints Parish Church invited local people to spot and photograph as many crosses in Ilkley as possible through Lent, for a photography display around the historic Saxon crosses in the church tower.

The church encouraged budding photographers to use their imagination, capturing all kinds of images of two lines crossing at right angles, and to “think traditional, creative, quirky and fun”.

With some help from Assistant Curate, Steve Proudlove, who has been posting some of the eye-catching results on social media website Twitter, many more residents, businesses, churches and local clubs have come up with dozens of photographs depicting crosses.

Scenes have ranged from traditional carved crosses on buildings around Ilkley, and photographs of artwork depicting crosses, to the intersection of paving stones, cracks in the Cow and Calf Rocks, vapour trails in the sky, flowerbeds, railway lines and overhead power lines, and even street signs on lamp posts.

Members of Ilkley Camera Club were among those who heartily took the project on, coming up with a selection of their own work.

Mr Proudlove said: “Any photos I have received I have stuck up on the display boards in the tower area at the back of church.”

Submissions are still being accepted into Easter week. Prints of a maximum A4 size can be dropped off at the Church Office, 4 Church Street, or shared electronically by sending to Flickr e-mail address persons43sill@photos.flicker.com