THE BRONTES will be remembered in words, pictures and music in an event at Rawdon Community Library.

A one-hour session will be held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Branwell Bronte on June 26 in 1817.

Eddie Lawler and Charissa Hutchins, from the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth will present a one hour journey through the lives of the three Bronte sisters and the tragic life of their only brother Branwell. The Aireborough Civic Society event will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday, July 27.

Clive Woods, from the Civic Society, said: "Guiseley and Rawdon have important local connections with the Bronte family. Charlotte Bronte’s father, the Reverend Patrick Bronte, had met Maria, his wife to be, while visiting his friend, John Fennell, who became the first headmaster of the Grove in the early 19th century. In 1812 Patrick was appointed a school examiner at Woodhouse Grove School and in the same year he married Maria Branwell on 29 December 1812 at Guiseley Parish Church. She had moved to Yorkshire to help at the school. They met and it was "love at first sight".

"Later in 1841 their daughter, Charlotte Bronte, became a governess for the White family who lived at Upperwood House, Rawdon. Woodhouse Grove School is now situated on the site.

"She later went on to write her most famous novel – Jane Eyre. Brother Branwell Bronte led a tragic life and seems to have failed at everything he attempted. "

Entrance is free for members and £2.50 for non-members.