Review of the Year: March - Recognition for D-Day veterans and support for local businesses

We launched our successful Love our Indies campaign, urging readers to buy local and support independent businesses.

Thursday, 29th December 2016, 2:17 pm
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:01 pm
Love our Indies launch: Paul Rawlinson of Balzersens with some of his team.

The launch came just weeks after the town lost a number of cherished independents, including The Nines, Valtiara, and Heaven Independent Cafe.

The campaign has attracted the support of readers and local businesses alike, and has been featured again in the run-up to Christmas.

A number of our war veterans were finally recognised for their heroism in the D-Day invasion and presented with France’s highest military honour, the Legion d’Honneur, at the Yorkshire Air Museum.

Window Wanderland: Scott Darcey with his display

Ministers urged Harrogate to house asylum seekers, and outline plans were submitted for Beckwith Knowle business park, with developers emphasising the importance of creating 500 new jobs for the area.

Oatlands Community Group celebrated the success of their Window Wanderland event, the first of its kind in the north of England.

Over 80 houses and shops were involved with decorating and lighting up their front windows to light up the community.

Hugh Lorimer from Knaresborough, Robert Hall from Harrogate and Dennis Anderson from Hovingham. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography.
Window Wanderland: Scott Darcey with his display
Hugh Lorimer from Knaresborough, Robert Hall from Harrogate and Dennis Anderson from Hovingham. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography.