GIANT murals depicting local myths are back on display in Huddersfield.
Long hidden in a dusty vault, the five colourful pre-war paintings by Huddersfield Technical College art tutor Reginald Napier and a handful of his students now proudly adorn the library's revamped Local Studies department.
Yesterday, Mr Napier's daughter Alison saw the paintings returned to their rightful `home'.
The oil paintings were commissioned for the new library and art gallery at a cost of £50. The building opened in 1940.
For 50 years the works featuring subjects such as the legends of the Marsden Cuckoo and the Slaithwaite moonraking, the Scapegoat Hill Band and The Linthwaite Leadboilers hung in a vast row in the children's section.
But they were taken down during a refurbishment of the room in the early 1980s and only later displayed individually around the district.
They were restored in 2001.
Alison, who herself works as an art lecturer, travelled from her home in Derbyshire to see the pieces.
"It's delightful to see them displayed again and cleaned and restored. To see them fresh like this again is lovely.
"I was very sad when they were taken out of the children's library."
She remembers visiting the library when a child and seeing the massive works for the first time.
"You can imagine the kind of impact they would have had," she said.
Mr Napier was first assistant master at Huddersfield Technical College. He painted the Stanley Spencer-style murals with Stanley Broadbent, Anne Brooke, Sylvia Darley, Douglas Dyson, Jack Kenworthy and Sax Shaw.
Broadbent and Kenworthy were both killed during the Second World War.