Morley’s Heritage Centre has been over-run with historical intrigue and its owner is struggling to cope.
Peter Aldred, 80, transformed the empty shop on Albion Street, in summer, with his 55 year-old collection of local historical artefacts and photographs.
And ever since he set up shop, he has been inundated with visitors, ideas and requests, which have stretched Mr Aldred and his five volunteers to the limit.
“It’s proved very popular. But I can’t keep going indefinitely, there’s a lot more interest than I ever thought,” said Mr Aldred who first retired 20 years ago.
Although he remains uncertain about the future of the centre, for the veteran volunteer it is purely a labour of love.
Mr Aldred, who has lost his two sons and wife over the past few years, said: “During that period, we had an awful time but I am not one to just sit at home and do nothing.”
He added: “Seeing as I’ve lost all of my family, I wanted to find a permanent place for my collection because it gives me something to do.”
However, Mr Aldred now has too much to do and is calling for more support.
He said: “Ed Balls has helped more than anyone but I would ask people to write to the local council.”