AS we start a new year, it is perhaps no bad thing to take a moment to look back at the year that we have just left behind.
For many in Huddersfield, that will be particularly difficult as sadly, 2012 was a year that brought much heartache to the town.
For what will dominate many people’s memories is that the town lost four young soldiers, Cpl Jake Hartley, Pte Anton Frampton, Pte Daniel Wilford and Pte Tom Wroe, who were killed serving their country in Afghanistan.
But what we will also remember is the dignity with which their families dealt with their loss and the huge wave of support which brought the community out on to the streets to pay their respects when these four young men came home.
Elsewhere, young people such as cyclist Ed Clancy did us proud with their performances at the London Olympics.
His success and that of so many others lifted spirits in a way that nothing else has in recent years.
It may have been a year to be sad, but it was also a time to be immensely proud of the people who give of their best and make us remember that strength comes from sharing good and bad as a community. We wish all a peaceful New Year.