Twelve photos that tell the story of the Harborough district in 2019

Harborough Mail photographer Andrew Carpenter has once again been covering your news in 2019 through the eye of a lens.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 4:58 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 4:58 pm
Students from two Market Harborough schools headed into the town centre after lessons to protest for more action to combat climate change. See the third photo on the gallery (March) for more.

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This was the aftermath after a cash point in Market Harborough was blown apart in raid by thieves. The stand-alone unit in Western Avenue, near to the Royalist pub and small row of shops was targeted at around 1.30am on Wednesday, January 30. It is thought that a gas canister was used to blow open the cash point. It was not the first cash point to be targeted in the Harborough district.
A fundraising evening in memory of actor Alan Rickman raised a fantastic total which has now been handed over to charity. Michael Rickman with friends Gail Jones and Peter Hales, from Leicestershire, held the spectacular fundraising ball in honour of Michaels brother, Alan, to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action. The event The Purple Haze Ball on November 10 at the Big Barn in Ashley - saw over 250 members of the community attend which raised an incredible 10,500. The much-loved actor was known for his performances in Harry Potter, Love Actually, Die Hard and Robin Hood. Alan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and devastatingly passed away from the disease just three months after his diagnosis on January 14 in 2016.
Students from two Market Harborough schools headed into the town centre after lessons to protest for more action to combat climate change. The students from Welland Park College and Robert Smyth Academy chose not to walk out of lessons, but instead after school ended they headed into the town centre carrying banners. The protest was part of a global day of action by young people calling for more action from governments to tackle climate change. The protesters headed to Harborough District Councils offices where they met with council leader Neil Bannister, leader of the Lib Dem opposition Cllr Phil Knowles, and Neil OBrien MP.
Harborough Energy announced the official opening of a renewable solar photo-voltaic energy project a 100 kWp array installation at NBJ Joinery premises in Husbands Bosworth.
Crowds gather to watch the remembrance wreath laying on the Square in November.
Market Harborough Station reopened for trains after engineering work was completed. The work saw Network Rail connect almost 4km of newly laid track into the existing alignment and saw no trains running through the station until it reopened in June. This has created a straighter rail line through the station and will enable trains to travel at higher speeds. A new accessible footbridge which will widen travel opportunities for more people has also opened. To allow this work to take place safely, no trains were able to run on this portion of the line and instead, coach replacement and diversionary routes were in place to keep passengers moving. The work was a key part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade, which is the biggest investment into the line since the Victorian era.
Work to demolish Market Harborough's old cottage hospital got underway in July. Crews moved in to demolish the former cottage hospital off Coventry Road in Market Harborough. The work will clear most of the site in preparation for a luxury new 70-bed care home. The Grade II listed war memorial portico will be carefully retained and incorporated into the new building. The red brick-built care home will occupy much the same footprint as the redundant hospital, developers say.
Jim Garratt and Vicki Walters at the Harborough at War event in August.
These were the charred remains of the Roebuck in Rockingham Road, Market Harborough, which were knocked down by bulldozers on Saturday (Oct 19). The new bigger and better version is set to be reopened in September 2020 a year after it was destroyed by a ferocious late-night fire.
Once again, the cark park opposite the railway station in Market Harborough flooded following heavy rain.
Friends and family of a mum re-diagnosed with cancer just months after being been given the all-clear have launched an urgent fundraising campaign to send her abroad for treatment. Sam Broadbent, from Lutterworth, was told in April that an aggressive inoperable tumour had developed in her pelvic region. She launched an appeal via a Crowdfunding site-
A retired art teacher from a village near Market Harborough has never looked back after making British medical history. Bob Stafford, 71, has become the first patient in the UK to receive not one but TWO revolutionary implants for arthritic thumbs. Hes gone on to carve out an exciting new career since the double operation running one of the areas most outstanding pottery and ceramics studios. Bob, of Wilbarston, told the Harborough Mail: The implants have transformed my life theyve given me a whole new life.