Young planner groups bridge Pennine divide

On Thursday 18 August a momentous occasion took place in Huddersfield.

Yes, for the first time in recent history, the North West Young Planners (NWYPs) collaborated with the YORnet group to host a summer soiree in the town famous for the "banana trusses" of the Galpharm Stadium, Kirklees Council and an abundance of Victorian architecture. It's also worth mentioning that both Harold Wilson (Prime Minister in the 1960s and 1970s) and rugby league were born in Huddersfield.

The NWYPs set off from Manchester Piccadilly station and the YORnet group travelled en masse from Leeds station to meet at the grade I listed Huddersfield train station (or should I say the Head of Steam public house) just after 18:15. Well done to the YORnet group for arriving on time!

Our guide for the evening was Tom Barrett, planning policy officer at Kirklees Council, who valiantly led the group of young planners from the statue of Harold Wilson on St George's Square through the New Town to arrive at the town's heart. The tour took in many of the historic yards, which date back to the cloth trade era when Huddersfield played a significant role in textile production. The night concluded with an ale or a G&T back at the Head of Steam.

Big thanks to Tom Barrett for organising and leading the tour. Thanks also to all attendees for making the joint event a towering success.


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