In January, a freak storm left Huddersfield under a blanket of snowflakes - and brought the town to a shuddering halt.

The storm hit on January 24, causing long queues of traffic to form as large amounts of ice and slush were left on the roads.

People were left baffled when the River Holme turned orange in February - and turned to social media to share their theories on why the water had taken on a tangerine hue, blaming Oompa Loompas, make up and Irn Bru for the dramatic colour change.

The River Holme was flowing orange at New Mill next to the Bower Roebuck premsies in a photo by Colin Hanson
 

However, the bizarre colour change was caused by nothing more sinister than deposits of ochre from a disused mine at Jackson Bridge.

In March, a runaway JCB flattened an Almondbury garage after the brakes failed while the driver was at the wheel.

Garage owner Brian Tyas said: "It is a very steep road and it’s not the first time I have had a car in my garden."

Dewsbury mum Michaela Rhodes went into labour and gave birth to a 9lb 20z baby girl - but hadn't realised she was pregnant.

Michaela was on her way to Huddersfield in April to go shopping with husband Alan when the pain kicked in. Baby Lilly was delivered with the help of passing nurse Angela Robinson-Dobbins and 16-year-old schoolboy Ruwais Khan on his mobile relaying instructions from the ambulance service.

It was a complete shock,” said Michaela - and Ruwais' head of year, Gemma Atkinson, said: “That’s the best excuse I’ve ever heard for being late – and I’ve heard some whoppers in my time. Ruwais is a real hero.”

In May, Slaithwaite Cricket Club got pulses racing when it put up a controversial advertising poster, showing a woman in a bikini.

Detractors said the poster was degrading and reminiscent of old fashioned sexism - but club president Tim Garside denied that it was inappropriate and said that it was part of a long-running campaign to encourage more male Ale Trail participants to visit the club.

TV presenter Peter Andre came to Newsome in June to promote the Pride of Britain 2014 awards - and put a smile on the faces of many of his local fans! It was later revealed Peter was also filming an episode of 60 Minute Makeover in Huddersfield with dad Stephen North.

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Tour de France fever hit Huddersfield in July as preparations for the biggest sporting event ever to hit the town got under way.

The cyclists were given a rapturous welcome from thousands of spectators in the Huddersfield area - and the festivities included a pop up French farm in St George's Square and our favourite landmarks, Emley Moor Mast and the Victoria Tower at Castle Hill - bathed in multicoloured light.

More than 65,000 people were thought to have lined the route at Holme Moss, creating a buzz which gave Team Sky’s Chris Froome goosebumps.

More of your Tour de France selfies
More of your Tour de France selfies

Life changed overnight for one Huddersfield girl after she uploaded a six second video of herself in her mum's car to smartphone app Vine. Skelmanthorpe student Tish Simmonds became an online celebrity with her vine and 'broom broom' catchphrase and now counts Kim Kardashian among her fans. Tish admitted she didn't know why her vines were so popular - but her popularity has endured, and her videos have now been seen 169 million times across the world.

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A wallaby was on the loose in Huddersfield in September when Lucy Bamforth's pet went walkabout. The animal was missing for six weeks - and eventually found his way back home all by himself! Lucy said: "He is fit and well - I’m amazed and delighted - but I’m in disbelief!"

Hollywood came to Huddersfield in October when Alien star Sigourney Weaver was seen in Linthwaite filming new blockbuster A Monster Calls.

The film, which also stars Liam Neeson, is based on the book by Patrick Ness. Due for release in 2016, other filming locations included The Cuckoo’s Nest community shop and Colne Valley High School.

Aldi opened a new supermarket in Slaithwaite in November - and some shoppers queued from midnight to be in with a chance of grabbing one of the store's golden tickets, given out to the first 100 customers through the door.

Melanie Roberts, 61, was the first person through the door. She said: "I was keen to see what this new Aldi store was all about so I thought I might as well do it properly."

Store Manager at Aldi Slaithwaite Simon Dean and £100 voucher winner Melanie Roberts who was first in queue.
Store Manager at Aldi Slaithwaite Simon Dean and £100 voucher winner Melanie Roberts who was first in queue.

We started the year with snow - and that's how it's finished too! A thick blanket of the white stuff fell on Huddersfield on Boxing Day night - and you went out in force with your cameras to capture Huddersfield in all its snowy beauty! Click here to see some of your stunning pictures.

Slaithwaite in the snow seen from Gillroyd Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to all our readers for your support during 2014 - and here's to an even better 2015!

Happy new year!