A look back at some of the top stories in Harborough in 2013.
The Mail unveiled a new-look, though the story on the front was familiar to Harborians – flooding. Harborough Town FC members feared for the future of the club after it was hit for the second time in two months.
The inquest into the tragic death of Claire Squires in the 2012 London Marathon concluded she died as a result of taking a legally-available stimulant later banned. Her family campaigned to raise awareness.
People were asked their views on plans to put 1,800 homes on Airfield Farm north-west of Harborough. The scheme would get the go-ahead in principal in October, but planning applications for the individual sites are still going through the system.
The leader of Harborough District Council, Michael Rook, announced his decision to resign after two-and-a-half years in the role. He would be replaced the following month by Cllr Blake Pain – the man he had sacked as his deputy leader in 2012.
Organisers of Arts Fresco announced it would not return due to funding difficulties. However, by August a group had got together to resurrect the festival with a view to it returning to the town centre in September 2014.
Detectives were on the hunt for a sex attacker after a woman was assaulted in an alleyway in Harborough town centre. A Romanian national, Julien Apostol, was tracked down and would be jailed for five years in October after pleading guilty to rape.
A thunderstorm on the evening of Saturday, July 27, caused a flash flood in the town centre which devastated businesses. The three-million litre capacity storm tank in the Commons car park was filled in two hours as a month’s worth of rain fell.
The fallout from July’s flood continued as town centre businesses cleared up and searched for answers as to how the flooding occurred. Meanwhile, residents in Glebe Road rallied against a developer they blame for flooding in their street.
Plans for a Tesco supermarket at the former Focus site off Rockingham Road were unveiled. Tesco said the store would create 200 new jobs, but protesters raised fears it would threaten the High Street. A decision on the scheme will be made next year.
Adam’Smile returned to the fore with news it was trying a new tack in a campaign for a safe cycle route between Harborough and Lubenham. People who have walked the route were urged to get in touch in a bid to get it designated a public right of way.
Disabled rights campaigner Anne Pridmore of Harborough was part of a group which won a High Court battle against the Government over its decision to scrap the Independent Living Fund. Three appeal judges quashed the Government’s decision.
The Mail called on people to shop local for Christmas as Harborough Council offered free parking in its car parks on Saturdays in December. Traders also got a big boost from the annual Late Night Shopping event and the Small Business Saturday campaign.