Review of 2014: April to June

Hallaton took the honours in the 2014 traditional Easter bottle kicking battle in April
Hallaton took the honours in the 2014 traditional Easter bottle kicking battle in April

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.

May

“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.

June

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.