Review of the year 2014: September

SEPTEMBER 2014 Andy Chataway, of Crafty Devilz, and Jack Watson, four, get the giant bubbles going at Batley Festival.

SEPTEMBER 2014 Andy Chataway, of Crafty Devilz, and Jack Watson, four, get the giant bubbles going at Batley Festival.

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A giant puppet and mechanical hippo were among those who wandered the town centre’s streets as the third annual Batley Festival drew crowds.

The volunteer-led event featured Britain’s Got Talent star Craig Harper headlining the main stage, with singers Jade Helliwell and Rhianydd Beaumont performing too.

Thieves smashed their way into a Cleckheaton cafe causing £500 of damage and made off with just 60p. The Kelly family had owned the Crown Cafe for less than three years but in that time the shop had been burgled, had windows smashed and doors kicked in.

The little boy whose disability brought the whole of Mirfield together finally had his wish granted. The Sam’s Wish to Walk campaign raised well above the £35,000 target, and Sam Bottomley was able to get the operation that could one day help him to walk unaided.

Educating Yorkshire star Musharaf Asghar stole the nation’s heart for a second time when he appeared on Channel 4 show Stammer School. The 18-year-old from Savile Town took part in an intensive stammer course to try to him of his speech problem and delivered a moving speech by the end of the show.