Hallaton took the honours in the 2014 traditional Easter bottle kicking battle.
The centuries-old contest, which was held on April 21, attracted an estimated crowd of 7,000 people.
And it was a classic, to-the-wire maul as Hallaton took the spoils 2-1 in the best-of-three contest over Medborune after coming from 1-0 behind.
The victory for Hallaton was its third win in a row and 26th out of the past 30 years. But Phil Allan, chairman of the bottle kicking committee, did issue a possible warning for Hallaton in future years when he said: “Medbourne’s young guns are becoming a tougher force with each passing year.”
Fears for the future of the town’s cinema screen dream were raised this month after Harborough Council delayed making a decision on a £47,060 grant to the project because of its concerns over its viability.
The doubts were well-founded as the Harborough Screen scheme was finally wound-up in June.
Meanwhile, in more positive news, Harborough Market and the town’s museum and library were all reopened to much fanfare following extensive refurbishments.
The market’s official re-opening, on April 18, saw former Apprentice star and market trader Adam Corbally as the special guest following the building’s £480,000 refit.
“Don’t let Tesco suck the life out of our town,” was the message from long-serving town businessman Ian Joule after the retail giant won planning permission for a new out-of-town supertmarket in Market Harborough.
But, the planning battle continued to rage and it wasn’t until December that the Government finally gave the go-ahead for Tesco’s Rockingham Road plan.
Preparations were well underway across the district to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. A big re-enactment day was being planned for The Square in Harborough to honour our war heroes.
In other news, there was shock after a report surfaced for a solar panels farm the size of 70 football pitches for land between Market Harborough and Braybrooke.