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Brontë Postbox Unveiled In Thornton

The Royal Mail are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë's birth.

A special postbox has been unveiled in Thornton today to celebrate Bradford's Emily Brontë.

It is there to mark the 200th anniversary of the Wuthering Heights author's birth in 1818.

The writer was born and lived in the village for two years before moving to Haworth.

The postbox, on Market Street, is decorated with quotes from her famous work, including her only novel, and her lesser-known poetry.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Zafar Ali, was there to officially launch the postbox.

He said: "It is a privilege and honour for me to open this box and commemorate Emily Bronte's birth. This should play a very prominent role in Thornton Village."

Rebecca Yorke, Head of Communications at The Bronte Society said: “It’s perfect that Royal Mail has chosen to commemorate the bicentenary of Emily Brontë in this way.

Correspondence played an important part in the lives of the Emily and her sisters. Their letters have made a significant contribution to what we know about them.

Emily spent most of her life at the Parsonage in Haworth, but we’re delighted that Thornton, where Emily was born, is also taking part in the bicentenary celebrations. We hope residents and visitors alike will enjoy the commemorative postbox”

Mark Street, Head of Campaigns at Royal Mail said: “As one of the guardians of the written word, we relish the opportunity to celebrate the life and times of Britain’s most treasured writers.

The incredible impact that Emily Brontë’s work has had on our culture is undeniable, and we are delighted to honour her work in this way.”

The postbox will be in place for a month and will remain a fully functioning postbox.

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