10 of the weirdest things that have happened in West Yorkshire

It’s easy to fall into a routine, but occasionally something out of the ordinary can happen to shake things up.

Friday, 29th March 2019, 10:20 am
Updated Friday, 29th March 2019, 11:23 am
Here are 10 of the weirdest things that have happened in West Yorkshire over the years

From apparent alien abductions to rooftop grazing sheep, here are 10 of the weirdest things that have happened in West Yorkshire over the years.

Retired police constable Alan Godfrey claimed to have seen a UFO in a local council estate in Todmorden and said he was a victim of an alien abduction, after missing 25 minutes of time and finding an itchy red mark on his foot.
In February 2008, Yorkshire was left shaken when the biggest earthquake in nearly 25 years hit the UK. The quake measured 5.2 on the Richter scale and sent tremors right across the county.
A flock of sheep used to graze at the top of the grade I listed Temple Works building in Holbeck, who were kept there to maintain the grassy roof, which was used to help maintain the humidity of the flax mill.
Who needs a flat cap when you can use a hankie instead? In 2015, 838 people took to the streets of Farsley at the annual seaside-themed Farsley Festival, wearing knotted hankies to set a new world record.
The tasty treats were invented by Horsforth-born Brian Boffey by accident, who came up with the sweets while trying to create powdered jelly. The sweets later came to fruition in 1965.
Famous escapist Harry Houdini almost met his end in Leeds, when he vowed to break out of a case of ale at The Tetley. He failed at the attempt and would have died had it not been for the intervention of his assistant.
In 2015, couple Alex Simmonds and Amy Ewing tied knot accompanied by a wedding party of 233. The groom had 103 ushers while the bride had 230 bridesmaids, making it into the Guinness World Records.
In 1851, workers discovered enormous bones while digging out sections of Leeds for regeneration works. The bones were confirmed to be that of ancient hippopotamus which were believed to have lived here 100,000 years ago.
The Tibetan spiritual leader arrived in Leeds in 2013 to attend the Yorkshire International Business Convention, where he delivered an inspirational speech and offered guidance to businesses.
West Yorkshire can lay claim to being the home of the very first motion pictures, after French artist and inventor, Louis Le Prince, captured some sequences in Leeds in 1888 on his own single-lens camera.