Arnold Kellett Way

Published: 07 April 2020

 Knaresborough resident Bernard Higgins approached Town Council in December 2019 to ask for support in his endeavour to have a road named after Yorkshire teacher, preacher, writer and speaker Arnold Kellett. 

Arnold Kellett was part of the staff at King James's School for 27 years, retiring in 1983, having spent most of that time as Head of Modern Foreign Languages.  He was elected to Knaresborough Town Council as an independent and served twice as Mayor.  In 1996, he became the Town's first ever honorary citizen and five years later was made a Freeman of Knaresborough.

Passionate about Yorkshire's heritage, he wrote and directed pageants including one focusing on Knaresborough Castle.  He also wrote many books and pamphlets including a comprehensive biography on the life of John Metcalfe, also known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough.

 The road naming proposal was supported by Knaresborough Town Council and a grant was awarded to Mr Higgins cover the cost of the work required.  

Due to current circumstances, a 'Road naming ceremony' organised by Mr Higgins and including members of Mr Kellett's family has had to be postponed, but it is hoped a celebration of the project and the life of Arnold Kellett will be rearranged soon.