This week’s paper

This week's paper
This week's paper

In this week’s Batley and Birstall News, out tomorrow:

A young Healey couple want to transform heartbreak into hope in memory of their daughter.

Lydia Wilkinson died at Pinderfields Hospital’s neo-natal unit aged five weeks, after being born prematurely at Dewsbury and District Hospital. Parents Ryan Wilkinson and Jodie Gibbons have now formed a charity to raise money for the wards that supported them in their grief and plan to donate memory boxes for other bereaved families.

ALSO: A bus company has accused Arriva of ‘bullying’ them off a route connecting Dewsbury to Birstall’s junction 27 retail parks. SGI Buses has hit out at the travel giant as it announces the withdrawal of its rival service, which followed the same route and arrived minutes ahead of the SGI service. Arriva said the route was a ‘trial run’ and has been withdrawn due to passenger decline.

AND FINALLY: Are you one of 12 people in Batley still watching television in black and white? The digital switchover and surge in TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones being sold over Christmas has been blamed for the fast-approaching death of black and white sets.

AND IN SPORT: Batley Bulldogs have switched Sunday’s pre-season friendly with Halifax to Mount Pleasant, plus the club could be set for a cash windfall with the gate receipts from the St Helens clash.

Don’t miss all this, plus read about one Birstall school’s special link to Nelson Mandela; Lib Dems call for new LDF timetable; and retailers hail a bumper January as the sales season draws to a close.

Plus don’t miss our special report on Dry January - will you be joining Educating Yorkshire’s Miss Uren in ditching the drink for a month?

And we reveal the winner of our Star Pet 2013 competition.

Only in this week’s Batley and Birstall News, out Thursday.