Review of 2013 - July to December

Crowds pack Montpellier Hill to watch Andy Murray make history on a big screen. Below, owners prepare for the Ripley pet service and mud at Leeds Festival.

Crowds pack Montpellier Hill to watch Andy Murray make history on a big screen. Below, owners prepare for the Ripley pet service and mud at Leeds Festival.

A record-breaking Nidderdale Show, the evacuation of Knaresborough High Street and queues outside Harrogate’s first pound shop ensured a busy second half of 2013 across the district.

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Murray wins Wimbledon

Thousands of tennis fans gathered on Montpellier Hill to savour Andy Murray’s spectacular Wimbledon win on July 7.

Murray beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to send the crowd wild on a hugely memorable day for British sport.

Great Yorkshire Show

A total of 134,837 people basked in temperatures touching 30C at the show ground for the 155th Great Yorkshire Show.

A far cry from the wash out conditions which led to the cancellation of the 2012 show, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Nigel Pulling said: “What a difference a year makes!”

In dogs we trust

Ripley Church invited owners and their animals to a one-off pet service, believed to be the only one of its kind in the region.

Save Starbeck Gala

The Harrogate Advertiser launched a campaign to get volunteers on board to bring Starbeck Gala back for 2014, following the cancellation of the 2013 event.


We’ll clear up the bins backlog, vows council

A promise to clear up bulging bin bags and put an end to fortnightly waste collection ‘teething problems’ is issued by Harrogate Borough Council following reader complaints about bins not being emptied in the wake of a new collection system.

Fears over secret caverns on the Stray

Secret underground caverns housing great reservoirs under the Stray in Harrogate are to be filled in amid fears they could collapse at any time, it is revealed.

‘A criminal waste of taxpayers’ cash’

North Yorkshire’s crime commissioner faced fierce criticism over a “criminal waste of taxpayer’s money” which saw her set aside more than £10,000 for a new logo and “distinctive brand identity”.

Punter scoops £25,000 from football bet of just £5

A Harrogate football fan beat odds of nearly 5,000/1 to win £25,000 from an accumulator bet of just £5.

Rain fails to stop play at Leeds Festival

Crowds braved torrential downpours at Bramham Park to see their favourite bands perform at Leeds Festival.

Harrogate Tesco delayed by Tour de France

Supermarket giant Tesco announces it will not begin work on its planned Skipton Road superstore until after the Tour de France passes through Harrogate.

Doors to the store are now not expected to open until 2016 - nine years after plans were first submitted.


I’ll recapture mansion’s former glory

North Rigton businessman Jason Shaw assures concerned neighbours he aims to keep the traditional look and feel of Cornwall Road mansion Pineheath after buying the former home of the wealthy Indian Bomanji family.

Best place in the UK for a night’s sleep

Harrogate is named the UK’s best place to get a good night’s sleep. The accolade was handed to the town ahead of cities such as York and Durham.

Great Milk (stout) Ride takes place

Over 250 people took part in the Great Milk (stout) Ride in the Nidderdale countryside, a huge increase from the 29 keen cyclists who took part in the first ever ride back in 1993. What started as a chat in the pub with an idea to raise funds in memory of a close friend has grown into one of the biggest cycling events in the North of England and has raised almost half a million pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support in its 21 years.

Record crowds at Nidderdale Show

Spirits were high at this year’s Nidderdale Show as one of the biggest crowds in living memory made the most of a “truly magnificent” day.

The Pateley Bridge showground was bathed in summer sunshine on Monday, unseasonably warm weather drawing crowds from across the north of England.


Development plunges town traffic into chaos

Motorists are advised to avoid the junction of Leeds Road and Hookstone Road by contractors working on the new Marks and Spencer store. The suggestion is branded ‘ludicrous’ by a town business leader.

Tour de France route revealed

Official details of the route the first two stages of the 2014 Tour de France will take through Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon are revealed at a glittering Paris ceremony.

Poundworld’s bumper opening attracts 10,000

Harrogate’s first pound shop opens, welcoming more than 10,000 shoppers through its doors in the first three days of trading.

Hoax call leads to Knaresborough High Street evacuation

Knaresborough High Street is evacuated by police investigating takeaway Paragon Pizza, following a tip-off.

The call turned out to be a hoax, costing the force thousands of pounds.

Paragon Pizza owner Razaul Karim told the Knaresborough Post on the night: “I was really shocked. My colleagues were handcuffed. They know nothing and we are just hardworking people.

“I have got a good shop, and everybody saw the armed police, it is bad for our reputation.”

Bid launched for train electrification

The district moves one step closer to a fully electrified train line, after the official bid is launched at Harrogate train station by transport executives and MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones.


Victory at last for Carluccio’s

Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s receives planning permission to open in Harrogate town centre, after months of wrangling with Harrogate council. Readers showed their support for the opening of the chain by writing to the ‘Advertiser.

Philippines disaster response tops £27,000

A total of more than £27,000 was raised through efforts across the district to help those in the Philippines left homeless in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Over 5,200 people are known to have lost their lives after the typhoon made landfall on November 8, but is estimated as many as 10,000 people could have been killed.

People across the Harrogate district quickly organised events to help those affected.

‘Advertiser in homeless campaign

The Harrogate Advertiser campaigned to raise awareness of the Harrogate Homeless Project after startling figures showed the charity helped around 200 homeless people in one year through their No Second Night Scheme.

The project has received an unprecedented response to our campaign with seven people given emergency accommodation in the past week.

Project leader Andy Kirk said: “We have been very very busy, we are getting a lot of people coming to the door after reading about this place or being told about it by someone who has read about us.”

The No second Night Out scheme not only offers homeless people emergency shelter, but aims to rehouse people permanently.

Remembrance services held across the district

Thousands gathered acros Harrogate, Knaresborough and Nidderdale to mark Remembrance Day.

Children in Need

Schools, businesses and families across the district dressed up to raise cash for Children in Need.


Town’s drink drive shame

A campaign to stamp out drink driving in the run-up to Christmas saw more arrests in Harrogate per head of population than anywhere else in North Yorkshire.

Ten people were arrested on Harrogate’s roads by December 19 since the beginning of the North Yorkshire Police and ‘Advertiser campaign at the end of November.

Christmas lights switched on

The Christmas lights were officially switched on across the district.


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