PEOPLE in Craven are being invited to an event all about the Yorkshire dialect.

The Yorkshire Society has teamed up with the Yorkshire Dialect Society, and others, for the event in Keighley which will pose the question, is dialect dying out, or just changing?

Phillip Bell, chief executive of the Yorkshire Society said: “There is something unique and special about Yorkshire people – how we talk. The way we speak is unique and helps define us – it’s part of what makes us Yorkshire.”

Yorkshire Dialect Day, at Keighley's Local Studies Library, will take place on Saturday, July 30, as part of Yorkshire Day weekend.

It will include a talk by Ian Stevenson of the Yorkshire Dialect Society, who will explain what Yorkshire dialect is, from early times to the present day, perhaps answering the question if it is dying out – or simply changing.

Rod Dimbleby chairman of the Yorkshire Dialect Society will talk about the life and work of the Halifax dialect scholar, writer, poet and editor John Hartley, to be followed by dialect raconteur Eric Scaife with some examples of traditional Yorkshire dialect humour in prose and verse.

There will also be an exhibition in the local studies library of the work and life of Ian Dewhirst, celebrated local historian, dialect poet and storyteller, who died in 2019.

Tickets are £5 but because of space, are limited so early booking is recommended: