HUDDERSFIELD has been left basking in a warm TV afterglow after a BBC programme hymned its many charms.

Nicholas Crane, a geographer and adventurer, showed viewers of Town how Huddersfield had sprung up from humble beginnings thanks to its rich textile heritage to become a world leader.

In one memorable passage the slimline presenter was shown being dwarfed by the town’s finest beefcake, a posse of Huddersfield Giants stars.

He was then seen being brought down in a three-man tackle led by Giants and England prop Eorl Crabtree.

Chris Marsden, chairman of Huddersfield Civic Society , who helped advise on some aspects of the programme, said he was delighted to see the town put so firmly on the map.

He said: “It was a beautiful essay about Huddersfield and not before time.

“The last time there was a documentary was in 1974 and since then there has not been a proper look at Huddersfield.

“We put our trust in them and it was rewarded but I am more impressed by the response to the programme.

“Local people who have moved away from the area and folk who are saying they must come and take a look.”

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Best of all, he says, is an offer from Mr Crane and his team to come back at some point in the future and talk about how the programme was put together.

Council leader Mehoob Khan added: “I think the programme showed Huddersfield in a very positive light and as council leader I am very proud of all the town’s achievements.

“Wherever I am in the country people always refer to Huddersfield as a place with a very good reputation.

“The particular parts of the documentary that warmed my cockles were the ones that dealt with the town’s textile heritage, excellent local facilities and Greenhead Park which is one of the finest parks in West Yorkshire.”

Cathy Burger of Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership Limited said: “All in all a very positive programme about Huddersfield – showing off many of the positive aspects of Huddersfield – the history, industry, university, rural living, opportunities to name just a few – that we as residents take for granted.

“The passion of the people of Huddersfield certainly shone through and it is this passion which makes Huddersfield special.

“This is reflected in local businesses who are willing to give time and energy to drive initiatives for the town forward – an example of this is the successful Food and Drink Festival that is about local businesses and attracting visitors to the town.

“One thing that really stood out was how little we publicise or shout about Huddersfield.

“We need to start marketing ourselves to a wider audience – and with that will come further investment, footfall and job opportunities.

“We certainly can be proud of what was shown last night and at the same time pick up on many of the positives and collectively drive those forward to make Huddersfield even better.”

The show also featured contributions from Sir Patrick Stewart, extolling the virtues of the University of Huddersfield and its students, and textile chief Paul Johnson, of Moldgreen firm W T Johnson, which finishes some of the world’s finest worsted cloth.

TV viewers flooded social network sites in praise of the “Town” programme about Huddersfield.

Many were delighted with the positive impression Nicholas Crane’s documentary made.

They thought it really portrayed Huddersfield in a very positive manner and played to the town’s strengths.

Any business thinking of investing somewhere new, get thi sen up, t’town


Rekindled my love for Huddersfield, it’s just a shame that some of the people are bringing it down with thuggery and violence.


Very educational. Being born and bred, living and running a successful business in Huddersfield there were facts I didn’t even know about our beautiful friendly town.

Patrick Stewart was brilliant and a great ambassador for the town.

Finally, any tourist guides who have not got Huddersfield in their guides, get your act together and get the best town on the planet in your guides if you want to give them any credibility.

Huddersfield, proud to be a part of you.


Proud to be from Huddersfield. I get all the patronising comments about the North of England and our awesome towns and cities since living down south.

It is not until you point out the dullest places where they all grew up that they shut up! C’mon Town!


A shame they missed us being based in Huddersfield, but a great feature on brass bands.

There are so many in Huddersfield, but it doesn’t keep them out of the bar.

The band are very proud to continue to support the mayor and parade through the Town Centre We love being based in Huddersfield, the people really are great.


Brilliant programme, made me so proud to live here and I’m not even from here!!


Very good enjoyed learning stuff about where I’ve lived all my life


Excellent programme, very informative, wish it had been longer ... or a series!


I loved it, we should have more programmes like this about Huddersfield and make sure no-one mentions Leeds or anyone else except Huddersfield


It’s fantastic, beautifully shot too. I might have to invest more time in filming my town after this!


I have lived in London and New Zealand in my life but have always been drawn back to Huddersfield. Tonight’s programme showed why.


I think we came across rather well. If I didn’t already live here I’d

want to live here after that programme!


Just caught up with BBC2 TOWN. I’ve lived here for over 20 years and can’t believe how ignorant I am about the town’s history.


Woke happier knowing Huddersfield has been revealed to the nation. Who needs a National Trust property anyway?? We know it’s great.


60 minutes that show 400 years of why #huddersfield is truly the best town in England! #iLoveHD #Huddersfield.


I felt proud to be from Huddersfield watching that programme. Just wish schools taught more local history. I didn’t no half the stuff.


It showed us off well describing the heritage and about how “perfectly woven’’ Huddersfield is. Far from being grim it looked grand.