Wednesday 30 March 2016

Proper People. Chance meeting with renowned local historian Ian Dewhirst

As a former resident of Keighley, West Yorkshire, I had regularly read Ian Dewhirst’s fascinating weekly articles in his local history column “Memory Lane” published in The Keighley News.  I met Ian for only the first time when he was guest speaker at the Wakefield and District Family History Society in December 2015.  I was impressed by his use of original archived material during his fascinating talk and realised that here was a kindred spirit, albeit one with many, many more years’ experience as historian and author than I may ever achieve.  With a copy of Proper People in hand, I introduced myself and was absolutely delighted when Ian agreed to read and review my first book.

In his covering letter to me, I was particularly flattered by Ian’s remarks:

I must say how much I have enjoyed reading your “Proper People”, and how much I have learned from it.  I stand in awe of the huge amount of work and dedication which you have undoubtedly put into it
Just maybe I had hit my objective of producing an educational and entertaining volume!