At the beginning of the 2020 we had the City of Culture 2025 bid, Mr Richard, Shaw over to Technology Works to have a conversation about what we could do in Keighley to raise our profile in the district and promote our wealth of talent, as part of the bid, he was impressed by our plan and offered a few suggestions which we took on board.
So we were in the process of recruiting helpers and finding budgets when Covid hit us and things quite literally ground to a halt.
It became apparent that many people around the country were doing some pretty amazing things to boost moral and raise money when the Capt Tom story began making headlines and when the fact that he was a Keighley Lad was revealed a plan was hatched.
We had some letters, from our Tour de France and tour de Yorkshire, projects around and figured out we could put something together on quite a tight budget, Keighley Town Council were approached for a grant and as they were thinking of making him a Freeman of the town and putting on an event to celebrate it it all fitted together quite nicely and as Bernard pointed out Capt Tom had seven letters the same number as colours in the rainbow we even had a colour scheme as well.
The support we got from the passers by, when erecting the sign, was phenomenal tooting horns cheering and selfies confirmed we were doing the right thing.
When the "Captain" came back to his roots to receive his freedom award and unveil the memorial stones he pronounced himself very pleased with the whole affair not bad for a "Keighley Lad" he suggested.