ONE of the unsung successes of the Huddersfield library service is the free Local History Lunch Club, now in its third year.

It's aimed at people with an interest in local and family history, meets every two months on a Wednesday at 1pm. You don't have to book, just turn up - and the first meeting this year is tomorrow.

Then Sarah Hughes of Kirklees Museums and Galleries will be talking about photographs as a source of family and local history.

She will be bringing along artefacts from the museum and explaining how photographs can be valuable when people are trying to research their family trees.

Senior local studies officer Pam Riding says the idea for the club - which meets to discuss history over a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit - came from the library team themselves. Although busy they are always ready to look at new ways of bringing the full range of their resources to public attention.

This idea certainly seems to have proved its worth. An average attendance of about 25 has been surpassed at the last couple of meetings and, starting this month they are to be held in the Light Reading Room which can accommodate about 50. (They even seriously considered taking a room at the Town Hall.)

So far most of those turning up for meetings which vary in length between an hour and an hour and a half have naturally been pensioners.

The timing, in the middle of the day, naturally rules out most of the working population although a few find it can be worked in with their lunch hour.

There are married couples among the hard-core audience and some people have even made the journey from Halifax to hear a particular lecture.

For some it has been established long enough for the club to acquire a social aspect, a chance to meet fairly regularly with old friends.

Each year the club tries to organise at least one meeting with relevance for those interested in family history.

The idea of a summer outing also seemed attractive but so far it has been jinxed. Pam says the first year's visit coincided with by far the rainiest day of the summer: year two produced a day so hot that it was feared some might faint.

There will be no such problems this year. Sadly, for technical reasons, the suggested outing has had to be cancelled!

Details of future talks to the club are available from staff at the local history section of the library.

Contact: Pam Riding on 01484 221949 or email: