The Hunts Post’s Review of the Year

One of Hunts Post photographer Helen Drake's favourite pictures of the year, taken at the Nocturne i

One of Hunts Post photographer Helen Drake's favourite pictures of the year, taken at the Nocturne in St Ives in June. - Credit: Archant

We look back on the most memorable events of the last 12 months.


The Hunts Post campaigned to Ditch the Fines after parking restrictions were introduced at Towerfields in Huntingdon.

Hundreds of readers made contact after getting £100 fines for breaking a three-and-a-half hour limit while at the cinema and eating a meal.

After pressure from The Hunts Post, the fines were waived and refunds were issued.

Five people had a lucky escape after a 200-year-old horse chestnut tree landed on their car during a storm. The Ford Focus was travelling along Main Street, Hartford, when a tree was blown over.

A woman in her 30s, injured her shoulder, while another suffered minor injuries.

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The remains of a human body, possibly more than 600 years old, were found in Huntingdon.

Workmen were investigating a burst water main at Walden Grove when they discovered a skull.

Archaeologists thought it was the site of a medieval graveyard.


The Hunts Post revealed plans for one of Huntingdon’s most identifiable – and possibly ugliest – buildings to be pulled down.

The Territorial Inn, at the end of the High Street, is set to be turned into homes for the retired.

A huge search was launched after a three-year-old boy went missing from Springbrook, Eynesbury – only to be found under the kitchen sink. Jaden Gumm was reported missing by mum Becky and police, family, friends, and neighbours hunted for him before he was found asleep in the kitchen cupboard of the family home.


The Hunts Post unveiled secret documents showing Huntingdonshire District Council’s money-saving ideas.

The Facing the Future plan contained options such as charging for green bin waste. A lot of these ideas were later ditched but some, such as cuts to HDC’s street cleaning service and introducing smaller bins for domestic waste, are still being explored.

A Huntingdonshire man launched a campaign to re-brand the district as Cromwell County.

Terry Caxton , 70, of Wilthorne, Warboys, wanted to see the Welcome to Huntingdonshire signs honour Oliver Cromwell in an effort to boost visitors and highlight the area’s connection with the controversial figure. He even had hats made with a ‘Cromwell County’ logo.


The view greeting motorists travelling into Huntingdon from Brampton once the A14 viaduct is pulled down was revealed.

The new look for the busy entrance to the town was unveiled under changes as part of the 21-mile A14 upgrade scheme.

Parents faced fines in a school parking crackdown in St Neots after complaints from frustrated residents concerned about their children’s safety.

A PCSO visited a different school each day to give warnings and, if necessary, £30 fines to those who parked inconsiderately.


St Neots historian Rodney Todman told of a heroic act miles from the frontline during the First World War.

On August 31, 1914, Walter Taylor, 17, and three fellow soldiers rescued three teenage girls who got into difficulty swimming in the River Great Ouse.

Tragically, Walter drowned while attempting to save Maud Andrew, who was 16.

Evidence was uncovered to show that the US Airforce was planning to leave RAF Molesworth and RAF Alconbury.

Plans were drawn up to consolidate its intelligence activity at a new centre at RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire, and the US Congress had been asked to agree more than $92million for the project.


Priory Park Playgroup in St Neots appealed for help after a Peppa Pig costume it had ordered for its fair was detained by customs.

The £210 outfit, ordered from eBay, was deemed to infringe intellectual property rights.

But after The Hunts Post launched an appeal to help, Folksworth Pre-school saved the day by lending them another costume.

A sonic boom rattled windows and set off car alarms in Huntingdonshire.

Cambridgeshire Police received 40 calls about the noise, which was caused when two Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby broke the sound barrier while investigating a civilian plane which had lost radio contact.

Next week we will review July-December 2014.