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£1.2m in cultural funding allocated to Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley

Locally-based businesses and charities are receiving a total of more than £1 million from the latest awards in the government's Culture Recovery Fund.

Arts Council England funding goes to the Ilkley Literature Festival (£27,000) and Keighley-based The Beat-Herder Ltd (£510,573) which organises the Beat Herder music festival.

Three local cinemas also receive further monies from today's announcement, to add to the grants previously awarded. The Ilkley Cinema will receive another £40,398, The Plaza Cinema in Skipton gets £48,641 and The Picture House Cinema in Keighley an additional £39,598.

Our local heritage railways receive further cash as well, with the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway receiving £346,600 - and the Yorkshire Dales Railway Museum Preservation Society, which runs the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, getting an allocation of £169,400.

There is also a payment of £15,000 for The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of the Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert at Bolton Abbey.

Today's announcements from the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden total nearly £400 million in grants and loans to help the culture and heritage sector reopen and recover after the pandemic. The Culture Recovery Fund has now awarded more than £1.2 billion in recent months.

Mr Dowden, said: "Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

Ilkley Literature Festival was unable to run its traditional two-week October festival and instead offered online events and resource packs. It says the Cultural Recovery Grant will enable it to invest in further development of its digital offer, relaunch its schools programme and remain sustainable while building back towards being able to present live events once again.

Erica Morris, ILF Director, said: “The past 12 months has been difficult for ILF. It was not possible for us to stage the festival last October meaning we had no path to generating the ticket sales which normally account for 60% of our annual income.

"Although uncertainties remain, this grant puts us in a position to weather the slow march towards the end of the crisis. We are extremely grateful to Arts Council England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for their support.”

Keighley and Ilkley MP Robbie Moore said: “The past year has had a devastating impact on cultural and heritage organisations across Keighley and Ilkley so it is fantastic news that £964,169 is being provided to support these most valued organisations.

“I’m really excited that as we set out on our cautious roadmap to reopening up this sector, we’ll soon be able to enjoy these extraordinary institutions once again, and I’m delighted that the support is being put in place to help them thrive in the future.”

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