In this week’s Batley and Birstall News:
Pupils were devastated after returning to Hyrstmount Junior School this week to find their new sports pitch ruined.
Staff have branded yobs “idiots” for tearing up the £178,000 synthetic pitch with a quad bike just three months after it was laid.
ALSO: A resident in Nethercroft got a shock after finding an escaped eight foot boa constrictor basking in the sun on a stone wall.
Batley Neighbourhood Policing Team helped to apprehend the slippery customer and reunite it with its owner.
AND FINALLY: After a mammoth fundraising campaign and six months of building work, the Stairway to Infinity was officially opened at Batley Cemetery on Sunday. Historian Malcolm Haigh BEM cut the ribbon on the iconic stairway as part of Batley Cemetery Support Group’s celebrations.
Don’t miss all this, plus: aviation club winds down after 40 years; classic cars invade Wilton Park; and Batley Girls High School gets the keys for its new sixth form block.
There’s also our in-depth report on the Cottingley Springs travellers’ site – is it time Kirklees Council built a permanent site for travellers?
And if you’re headed to Batley Festival this year you can read all about the fun and entertainment in store.
Plus find out which Reporter Series journalist will be taking to the stage with Batley Amateur Thespian Society for its centenary show!
Only in this week’s Batley and Birstall News, out Thursday.