We are very pleased to announce that Bradford Writer Irene Lofthouse, will be our Storyteller at the dedication of the Jubilee Tree at The Big Jubilee Picnic on 3rd June 2022. Irene is creating an original story to tell about the Jubilee Tree and the Park when the tree is ‘unveiled’ by long time Guiseley resident Alec Denton, who has known the Park all his life.

Irene in Undercliffe Cemetery With Her Book

Irene specialises in creating and performing stories about Yorkshire; she has taken part in Saltaire Tales, plays Anne Lister at Piece Hall, and has been writer in Residence with First Story at UAK Academy, Keighley. Her books available on Amazon include Stories from Stone: An anthology inspired by Undercliffe Cemetery’ and Strange Tales In The Dales of which one review said:

Ideal for the young and not-so-young alike, in fact all who are gripped by a good yarn. Spooky tales of daring and n’er do well, all with a dash of Yorkshire flavour. Easy to believe that many of them probably actually happened sometime or other….

Amazon Reviewer

Irene has a real interest in trees and tree folklore, and has recently taken part in the 26 Trees project for the Woodland Trust , a collaboration between writers and the Trust to bring individual trees and their relationship with us to greater prominence through art and culture.

26 Trees ……. is a love letter to 52 remarkable trees; each a unique source of inspiration, given voice by 52 writers who have spent time amongst their branches and bark, roots and leaves.

Woodland Trust

With Irene’s experience and background we are delighted to welcome her to the Park for The Big Jubilee Picnic and look forward to hearing her tell the story she is creating for us and our tree. We hope you’ll enjoy it too and that this will be a fitting legacy to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her long service to our country and her Green Canopy.

Finally, we would like to thank the ward Councillors of the Leeds Outer North West Community Committee for helping to fund our Jubilee Story, the rest of the funding for the picnic is coming from residents’ donations to FOPP and the money we raise during the year for events – preparations are the work of a large number of Friends of the Park.

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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