The excitement continues in part two of our 2014 video review — welcoming the Tour de France, our own Criterium, a globally famous Vine star and some Frozen magic in St George's Square at the Festival of Light.
So many exciting events have meant a wealth of video for the Examiner website, so we've taken a look back through 2014 to produce a video review of the year.
Take a look below to see which videos made the cut — do you remember these stories?
Here are the picks from July-December:
St George's Square welcomes French farmyard
Remember the French farmyard that sprung up in St George's Square ahead of the Grand Depart of this year's Tour de France? It seemed to come out of nowhere — but one resident recorded a cracking time lapse video of the construction of the spectacular stunt. From an apartment overlooking the square Alex France, who runs eCommerce and web development firm BrandSumo , captured the creation of the farm overnight.
Le Tour speeds through Huddersfield
And of course the main spectacle to see in Huddersfield in July was the arrival of the Tour de France cyclists. The two-day Grand Depart in Yorkshire included an exciting course through Huddersfield, taking in Ainley Top, the town centre, Holmfirth and a gruelling slog up Holme Moss. Above is one of the many videos our reporters captured on the day — click here for more amazing footage and photos from a memorable day.
Tornado hits Huddersfield
A mini-tornado hit Netherthong — and made it rain hay! Residents captured this bizarre footage when a whirlwind lifted hay from a neighbouring field and left it strewn across gardens and footpaths. Resident Ms Joan Clegg said: “The whirlwind has picked up hay from the field and it’s in all the gardens. The whirlwind carried on in the direction of Meltham. We’re all out picking the hay up and putting it back in the field!”
Tish goes viral
"I'm in me mum's car, broom broom!" If you don't recognise that quote, where have you been? A six-second Vine video made Latitia 'Tish' Simmonds, 18, of Skelmanthorpe, an internet star . The teen's funny videos have landed her a spot on BBC Radio One's Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw, Channel 4's Rude Tube, and she counts socialite Kim Kardashian among her fans!
Food festival gets mouths watering
The Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival returned to St George's Square in August, bringing with it cuisines from around the world, the best local produce, top regional chefs and live entertainment at dusk. Watch the clip below for a mouth-watering taste of the action.
Sir Patrick Stewart takes Ice Bucket Challenge — with a twist
Everyone was doing it — no doubt your Facebook newsfeed was full of friends and family tipping a bucket of ice water over their heads for charity. Tish Simmons joined in, Batman gave it a go in Greenhead Park and Calderdale coppers even joined the fun — but it was Mirfield's own Sir Patrick Stewart that added a touch of class to the charity stunt.
Lancaster bombers fly over Holmfirth and Huddersfield
Holmfirth's wartime weekend went without a hitch in September — thousands flocked to the town which saw its own army base pop up at the Sands recreation ground, complete with tanks, a vintage market and war-time personal memorabilia. But the highlight of the line-up was a fly-past by two Lancaster bombers. One had come over from Canada to take part in a series of commemorative events in the UK.
Examiner reporter Martin Shaw takes on darts champ Martin Van Gerwen
Brave Examiner reporter Martin Shaw stepped up to the oche to take on the world number one darts champion — and the match was captured on video! Martin ‘Harry Potter’ Shaw – as the MC kindly introduced him – faced world darts champion Michael van Gerwen at Huddersfield Town’s PPG Canalside.
Bird's eye view of Castle Hill
It's Castle Hill as you've never seen it before — from the air! Film maker Joe Warnes made this amazing video using a go pro camera attached to a drone. He said: "I created the video at Castle Hill because it is one of my favourite places. I like the views and the peacefulness up there."
Things that go bump in the Hud
Castle Hill features again in this spooky video of a paranormal investigation team checking out a wartime bunker near the monument. Project Reveal went to the area to look into whether rumours of hauntings at the site were true — see how they got on in the video above.
People get tapping for Children In Need
It's not every day you see a tap dancing dog! A mass tap dance for Children in Need took place in St George’s Square , led by Huddersfield-born BBC Radio Leeds breakfast show presenter Liz Green. Liz was joined by dozens of dancers and the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Clr Paul Kane and deputy mayoress Susan Bedford.
Black Friday chaos at Tesco Batley
You'll have to see it to believe it. Bargain hungry shoppers swarmed into Tesco Extra in Batley on Black Friday, and the resulting video footage was quite a spectacle! The bustling crowd filled the entrance to the store then poured into the sale aisle to grab flat screen televisions, coffee machines, kitchen appliances and other discounted products. Madness.
Families flock to Frozen sing-along
The Festival of Light had plenty of highlights this year — DJ Yoda, the Hade Edge Band, Stems, James Bawn's light display — but it was the screening of a Disney smash-hit that filled St George's Square and created a magical atmosphere. The Frozen sing-along saw youngsters belting out the words to songs including Do You Want To Build A Snowman , Love Is An Open Door , and of course — Let It Go .
Santas race round Huddersfield
It was ho, ho, ho and go, go, go earlier this month when 200 Santas hit the streets of Huddersfield for a festive charity run. The one-mile course through the town centre saw hundreds done their red suits to join the fun, organised by Huddersfield Lions .
Teachers follow in Geldof's footsteps
If you think you've heard every version of Band Aid's Feed The World , think again! Staff and pupils from Royds Hall and Golcar Junior, Infant and Nursery School came together to record their own version of the charity hit to raise money to ease the Ebola crisis. Watch their video above.
Union J meet fans in Waterloo
Former X Factor contestants Union J came to Morrisons in Waterloo to meet their doting fans — who queued from 7am in icy wind and rain to meet their idols. The four piece from London made the special visit as part of a whirlwind trip around England to greet fans and sign copies of their second album, You Got It All. They also made time to wish Examiner readers a Merry Christmas — watch their video message above!