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Plans to celebrate 200th anniversary of Brontes' births

Charlotte Bronte Credit: PA

It is 199 years today since the novelist and poet Charlotte Bronte was born - and plans to celebrate next year's bicentenary of her birth will be unveiled later today. The Brontë Society will launch Bronte 200 at the parsonage in Haworth where the literary family lived. The programme of events will also commemorate the births of Charlotte's three siblings, Branwell, in 2017, Emily, in 2018 and Anne, in 2020.

The Society also plans to commemorate Patrick Brontë in 2019, 200 years after he was invited to take up the Parson's role in Haworth.

The bicentenaries of the Brontë siblings provide a tremendous opportunity for the Brontë Society to celebrate the legacy of the Brontës across the globe. We recognise that arts organisations, museums and individuals will want to help us mark these special anniversaries and look forward to building new partnerships and reaching new audiences during the five-year programme."

– . Matthew Withey, Chair of the Brontë Society > Bicentenary Committee, said:

Fire protest in Haworth

There will be a march from the Haworth Fire Station at 1pm today, as campaigners aim to prevent its closure.

It was originally due to close two years ago but is now due to shut on New Year's Eve.

"We continue to work with representatives from Haworth Parish Council and other potential partners to identify if it's feasible for the fire station to be used as a community facility."

– Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Steve Beckley



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