Review of 2013 - January to June

The igloo on Harrogate Stray. Pictured below, celebrations follow the Tour de France announcement.
The igloo on Harrogate Stray. Pictured below, celebrations follow the Tour de France announcement.

The first half of 2013 saw the historic Tour de France announcement, a county council election and the town’s first dog show.

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Fireworks light up the sky above Leeds Town Hall in celebration of the Yorkshire Grand Depart Le Tour de France 2014.  17 January 2013.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Fireworks light up the sky above Leeds Town Hall in celebration of the Yorkshire Grand Depart Le Tour de France 2014. 17 January 2013. Picture Bruce Rollinson

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Tour de Harrogate

There were huge celebrations across the district as it emerged that Harrogate was to be the big winner of the Tour de France 2014, with the Grand Depart to pass through the town twice in July 2014.

The whole county rejoiced as it was revealed the race would pass through Knaresborough, Ripon, Nidderdale and Harrogate, bringing as many as three million visitors to the region.

Tributes to PC killed in crash

Tributes were paid to a Harrogate police officer who died on duty when his van hit a tree. Father-of-two PC Andrew Bramma was on his way to Masham in response to a 999 call reporting a road accident when his car left the road and crashed into a tree on January 5.

The 32-year-old had only worked for the North Yorkshire force for four months after transferring from Greater Manchester Police where he had served since 2008.

Ice way to raise funds for charity

A three-times cancer survivor and his friends hit the national headlines with eye-catching way of raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Five Harrogate men, Craig Parker, Greg Davies, Carl Baranovsky, Mark Baranovsky and Tom Davies spent their ‘snow day’ building an igloo on the Stray before auctioning it off for charity for more than £2,500.

Fury at iPad payment plan

A contentious scheme to introduce iPads at a Harrogate school was branded a “communications disaster” by furious parents.

Hundreds of parents filled a packed meeting at Rossett School about the plans, which revealed payment schemes to allow pupils to purchase iPads.


The bids are open on town’s police station

The bidding began on Harrogate’s old landmark police station on North Park Road, which has stood empty since May last year when officers moved to the new Beckwith Knowle site.

The property was put up for auction with a reserve of £1.9m - but it failed to attract this sum and the sale then went to sealed bids. It was sold over the summer, for an undisclosed sum.

‘Hero’ neighbour in gas explosion rescue

A young man who rescued his elderly neighbour from a gas explosion in Hampsthwaite was hailed a hero for his brave actions.

Twenty-two-year-old Thomas Bardon had been getting ready for bed when he heard a loud bang at 11.30pm.

Running to help, he jumped over fences to lead his neighbour, a man in his 70s, to safety.

Internet bullying suicide attempts

Vicious bullies targeting young girls on social networking sites in Harrogate prompted a spate of self-harm and suicide attempts in the town.

One parent, speaking to the ‘Advertiser whose daughter was targeted, revealed that three teenagers had been hospitalised after being bullied on anonymous Latvian website


Harrogate is happiest place

Harrogate was named the happiest place to live in the whole of the UK after a survey by property website Rightmove.

The survey assessed safety, neighbourliness, recreation, well-being and decor, with Harrogate scoring highly on all of them.

Wintry weather drifts on

Sculpted snow drifts up to 7ft high transformed the landscape around Harrogate.

New Mayor for Harrogate

Long-standing councillor Michael Newby was announced as the new Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate.

He has served through 2013 with partner and consort Clive Kirkham.


Olivia is Miss Harrogate

A young model was crowned Miss Harrogate after wowing the judges at regional heats in Harrogate’s Revolution bar.

St Aidan’s CE High School student Olivia Caven, 17, went on to represent the town to the top of the competition but was knocked out of the finals for Miss England.

Bitter sweet row over treats at school gates

A ‘bonkers’ consultation to ban birthday sweets at a Harrogate primary school sparked fury among parents.

The consultation, at Rossett Acre Primary, asked parents to consider buying books for the library instead of traditional birthday treats.

Yorkshire Warrior

More than 1,200 people took part in Harrogate’s first Yorkshire Warrior assault course at the Rudding Park estate.

O’Donnell diehards queue for days

Daniel O’Donnell fans camped outside Harrogate Theatre to secure tickets to see the Irish crooner - but the tickets didn’t sell out.

Dedicated fans camped in the cold for three days, only to find that only half the tickets had been sold.

Starbucks confirms £1.5m drive-thru

Coffee giant Starbucks confirmed its plants to pursue a new £1.5m drive-thru at the site of a former dental surgery on Wetherby Road.

Initial plans were withdrawn after a wave of opposition and haven’t yet been resubmitted.


UKIP shock at Bilton victory

UKIP secured its first seats at North Yorkshire County Council with Harrogate’s David Simister securing one of two victories for the party.

Coun Simister secured the Bilton and Nidd Gorge division after attracting 16 per cent of the vote.

Drama in the park

Six people, including two young children, were injured strong winds blew an inflatable slide 100ft across a car boot sale at Ripley Cricket Club.

Summerbridge evacuated after gas leak

An entire village, with 12 people and a baby, was evacuated after an underground electricity box caught fire.

The fire service put out the blaze and villagers returned safely to their homes.


Fury over club’s school drinking games

Harrogate nightclub Moko sparked a row with parents and schools after promoting a ‘school vs school’ drinking games night to coincide with school leavers.

When approached by the ‘Advertiser, the club distanced itself from the promotion and the advert was removed.

Restaurant chief slams council snub

Restaurant chain Caluccio’s accused Harrogate Borough Council of being ‘desperately short-sighted’ in refusing planning permission to open on Station Square in the town.

Planners had insisted the site should remain a shop. The planning permission has since been granted after a huge campaign.

Knaresborough Bed Race

Tens of thousands of people descended on Knaresborough for the biggest event of the year - the Knaresborough Bed Race.

Harrogate Dog Show

The first Harrogate dog show, held at Harrogate Rugby Club’s Claro Road ground, was hailed a great success.