The Star Review 2013: July and August - Royal baby and return of our soldiers

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, show off their baby son, Prince George.
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, show off their baby son, Prince George.
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Part four of our look back on 2013 and how The Star brought you the news - here are some of the highlights of July and August.


Soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment are inspected and paraded araound the streets of Barnsley

Soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment are inspected and paraded araound the streets of Barnsley

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call?

Well you could try Sheffield’s own Ghostbuster, Craig Micheli.

The 35-year-old, from Parson Cross, spent the last year converting a second-hand hearse into the spitting image of the famous Ecto-1 car from the 1984 blockbuster movie.

He said: “I’ve always been a fan of Ghostbusters right back to when I was a kid.

“I can remember taking kitchen roll tubes and Sellotape to make the proton packs and everything else to go with it.

“I’ve seen the films more times than I can remember. I joined an online fansite and I’ve just gone on from there really.

“Then one day my other half said to me that I might as well go on and get the car as well.”

His Ecto-1 was 18 months in the planning, but now it’s finished, we can get a lift in it, right?

“Currently, we’re not allowed to drive anyone around in it, but that doesn’t stop people from sitting inside it and having their photo taken.”



Heroes return

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Sheffield to welcome home heroes from Third Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

Crowds turned out in the searing heat to watch the battalion, formerly the Duke of Wellington Regiment, as they exercised their Freedom of the City.

The parade, which set off from Barker’s Pool, was one of many being held by the troops, who spent summer 2012 battling the heat and danger of Afghanistan.

Captain Mark-Andrew Poots said: “It may be hot here, but it doesn’t begin to compare to the temperatures these guys were fighting in this time last year in Southern Afghanistan - wearing full uniform and heavy equipment. It’s wonderful for these soldiers to know how much support they have back home and I guarantee, next time they find themselves having to do something difficult in the line of duty, the applause will be ringing in their ears and driving them on - it’s very powerful.”


The Royal baby arrives

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they “could not be happier” as they became the proud parents of a baby boy.

William was at Kate’s hospital bedside as she gave birth to a son weighing 8lbs 6oz at 4.24pm. Mother and baby were “both doing well”, said Kensington Palace.

The Duke was spending the night with his wife as they bonded with their new son in the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London.

The Prince of Wales, who has become a grandfather for the first time, summed up the feelings of the Royal Family when he described the new arrival as an “incredibley special moment for Willian and Catherine.”

William telephoned his family to tell them the good news, speaking personally to the Queen, his father Charles, and younger brother Prince Harry.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted at the news.”

The royal baby is third-in-line to the throne.

He will be the 43rd sovereign since William the Conquerer if, as expected, he follows reigns by Charles then William.


Bakewell bonanza

Thousands of people rolled up for the Bakewell Show this year.

Few places make a better destination for a family outing than Bakewell on show day.

There’s the showground itself, looking beautiful as ever, with surely one of the most picturesque backdrops in England.

Bakewell Show manager Janet Bailey said: “There really is something for everybody.”

The much loved annual event - now in its 183rd year - boasted all the traditional activities.

Of course the animals - cattle, sheep, horses, dogs and more - were there.

But there were cookery demonstrations too, horticultural exhibits, craft displays, and a fleet or two of vintage and classic cars.

Add in cheeses and preserves, bacon butties and good old fashioned Bakewell tarts - alongside the more acquired tastes of bison burgers and squirrel pies - and you can see why so many people flock to the Bakewell Show year in year out.

This year there was even an appearance from the sunshine.


Man writes proposal in 15ft letters on beach

Romantic Jeremy Curtis from Sheffield asked for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage - by writing his proposal in 15-foot letters on a beach.

The 39-year-old, from Fulwood, scouted coastal spots before coming up with the ideal location on the Channel Island of Guernsey. Then he enlisted a team of locals to help carve the massive message in the sand.

Jeremy took girlfriend Jennifer Ayris, 31, for a romantic stroll along a clifftop from where she spotted the message Jen, will you marry me?’ below.

She went down to the shore and carved her answer - Yes’.

Relieved Jeremy, an IT manager, had spent weeks planning the proposal, using Twitter and the local newspaper in Guernsey to recruit helpers.

Eleven strangers came forward to clear the beach of seaweed and rake the letters to make up the message.

The couple, who have been together for three years, plan to get married next year.


Cheese-Grater car park ranked third coolest

Sheffield’s ‘cheese grater’ car park has been named the third coolest in the world.

The Charles Street car park was beaten only by car parks in France and America in the inaugural World’s Coolest Car Park Awards.

The winner was a structure at 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, USA, which was praised for its ‘bold, innovative and striking design’.

The judges considered thousands of car parks around the world and the shortlist was whittled down to 10 car parks which were judged by a panel of design experts.

The judges said the design of the cheese grater ‘turned a traditional car park space into a striking building’.