2nd October 2012: The following was a press release from Aireborough Civic
"Aireborough Civic Society are
pleased to announce the unveiling of a Blue Plaque in honour of Jonathan Peate
JP (1837 - 1921).
Aireborough Civic Society is asking former employees of
Nunroyd Mills and other interested people to make contact.
This is so they can
be given an invitation to the official unveiling of the Blue Plaque in
September in recognition of the importance of Jonathan Peate in the history of
Yeadon and Guiseley"
The idea of a Blue Plaque came from Rex
Learmonth who was employed at Nunroyd Mills from 1953 to 1970.
researched the history of the Peate family at the request of his friend Richard
Driver ( the Guiseley estate agent ) who was a descendant of the Peate family.
As a fitting conclusion to this work he
suggested to Councillor Graham Latty that a Blue Plaque be erected in
recognition of one of the areas largest employers and greatest philanthropists.
This was supported by Councillor Latty and he approached Aireborough Civic
Society who commissioned the Blue Plaque.
Graham said " I am delighted to have had
a hand in realising Rex's idea of this commemoration of one of Aireboroughs great philanthropists.
The plaque will be a permanent reminder to future
generations of the debt we owe to people such as Jonathan Peate".