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Literature fans gather to celebrate Charlotte Bronte's birthday

Literature fans from around the world have been in West Yorkshire to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of its most celebrated daughters - Charlotte Bronte.

The author's most famous novel "Jane Eyre" was the focal point for her birthday party at her former home, the Parsonage museum in Haworth as Sarah Clark reports.


Exhibition celebrates life and work of Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte Credit: PA

An exhibition celebrating the life of Charlotte Bronte opens at the National Portrait Gallery today.

It includes portraits, personal belongings and manuscripts belonging to the eldest of the three Bronte sisters to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth on April 21st.

"Celebrating Charlotte Bronte", which runs until August 14th, celebrates one of the most celebrated authors of the 19th century. Her novels, which include "Jane Eyre" (1847), "Shirley" (1849) and "Vilette" (1853) continue to capture the imaginations of readers today.

The display explores Brontë’s life and literary career through portraits and includes treasures on loan from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.

Central to the display will be the presentation of new research into the only surviving painted portraits of Charlotte with her two sisters, Emily and Anne, by their brother Branwell, in the Gallery’s Collection. This will explore the intriguing story of its discovery folded on top of a wardrobe, subsequent acquisition by the Gallery and its restoration.

The Bronte sisters Credit: PA


Rugby player was 'assaulted' before death

It's believed that Danny Kelly, the amateur rugby player from Haworth, may have been assaulted before dying on holiday in Greece this week.

Police in Greece have launched an investigation into the death of the 23-year-old, who died on Monday on the Greek island of Zakynthos.

Representatives of the family say it is understood that Mr Kelly was the victim of a serious assault and had fled into the sea.

Investigations are still at an early stage. It's understood there may be a second post mortem once Kelly's body is returned to the UK.

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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