7 weird things you won’t believe happened in Huddersfield

From satanic rituals and chauvinistic B&B owners to alien abductions and STI-carrying ladybugs, weird things never fail in Huddersfield.

Here at Yorkshire Live we have had the privilege of covering many of them, as the current year draws to a close we take a look back at some of the strangest and bizarre stories that have appeared here. and in the Examiner journal.

Take a trip down memory lane to uncover strange events over the years that have made headlines.

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We’ve got aliens, dark magic, and even a baby crocodile – and a pretty crazy challenge involving expired Easter eggs …

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Huddersfield B&B owner calls his guests ‘snitchs and bitches’

Huddersfield B&B owner John Whitworth in a photo on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed show.

In the first of our weird stories, we go back to November 2017, when the hit Channel 4 show ‘Four in a Bed’, in which four pairs of B&B owners vie for the title of best establishment, brought us the Huddersfield competitor, John Whitworth.

John, the owner of The Edge Accommodation in Longwood Edge, was certainly a character from the start, but it was his attitude towards his fellow competitors that raised more than a few eyebrows.

After losing a sporting day on the show’s second schedule, John dubbed his co-contestants Sally McAnulty and Teresa Shirley, who run independent cottages in Matlock, “snitches and bitches” while considering the whole the event as a “solution”.

In the heated exchange that followed (and continued for the following episodes of the week), John made a series of chauvinistic and condescending remarks, including comparing Sally to a dog, prompting him to threaten to break him. the teeth.

“John, do you want me to break your teeth?” Sally asked over dinner. “You are so rude. I am not a dog, I am a woman.

Huddersfield hosts exhibition of ‘Worst Album Art of All Time’

One of the contenders for the worst album cover of all time
One of the contenders for the worst album cover of all time

It may not seem like the most conventional gallery idea, but earlier this year a local vinyl enthusiast gave us a week-long exhibition of the 200 Worst Vinyl Covers of All Time, alongside the 100 worst CDs.

Compiled by avid collector Steve Goldman, a computer programmer at Golcar, the weird and wonderful exhibit held at Piazza Center brought visitors a wealth of weird and often hilarious views as it spanned a wide range of genres from hip hop to classic, from the 50s to the contemporary.

“A truly excruciating blanket,” as described by the Examiner’s Robert Sutcliffe, featured “a half-naked couple singing with a strategically placed cauliflower preserving their modesty while another has a man sitting down on the toilet strumming his guitar “.

Swarm of ladybugs carrying STIs in Huddersfield

Ladybug and aphids

In the fall of 2016, Huddersfield found itself buried under swarms of ladybugs from Asia and North America.

The unusual invaders sported black wings instead of the typical red and posed a unique threat to our native wildlife, carrying a sexually transmitted infection called Laboulbeniales fungal disease.

While they posed no threat to humans, amorous critters posed a very real risk to our house ladybugs, especially since the species was already known for its promiscuous and cannibalistic tendencies.

“Aliens have kidnapped my aunt and uncle”

Ufologist Kathleen Marden, who believes her aunt and uncle, Betty and Barney Hill, were abducted by aliens

In 2017, Examiner reporters spoke to Kathleen Marden, whose aunt and uncle were allegedly abducted by aliens.

Ms Marden was only 13 when her aunt and uncle Betty and Barney Hill reported seeing a UFO while driving in the New Hampshire countryside and then allegedly abducted them.

Several years later, she began to research what had happened as part of a Hills biography.

She thinks they are credible witnesses.

Ms Marden told YorkshireLive: ‘I did an analysis of Betty and Barney’s statement when they were on the (alien) ship, taken in and then released.

“My analysis is that the experience was real.”

Black magic in the valley?

Canal and River Trust #sharethespace project at the Standedge Visitor Center, Marsden.

A throwback to the 1980s, when the Examiner first reported a series of bizarre occurrences in Mardsen on May 31 and June 3, 1980.

After two workers allegedly found “two sheep’s heads and strange painted symbols” a mile and a half from the mouth of the Standedge tunnels, speculation was rife among the local community that the disused rail tunnel had become a site. occult activities.

Police searched the tunnels, but found nothing at the time.

Days later, a man from Huddersfield was reportedly confronted by a masked man in the tunnel and terrified as he walked by.

A former police officer, Bill Armer, speculated that there was a widespread belief that people were engaging in satanic activity in Marsden.

He remembers: “In the mid-1980s, I was police Slaithwaite . In a quiet moment one Sunday a colleague and I borrowed the key from the Marsden signalman and went to explore the closed tunnels.

“With the help of a torch, I was able to see a number of symbols painted white on the walls of the cathedral, including, in the upper position, a pentagram.”

“Certainly someone had gone to great pains to leave these occult symbols, although that in itself does not prove that the space was actually used for rituals.”

Baby crocodile seen in Huddersfield

Ben Cooke of Keldergate, Bradley with his Lizard Princess
Ben Cooke of Keldergate, Bradley with his Lizard Princess

In 2016, the Examiner reported one of Huddersfield’s most unusual pets to date.

Princess, a Bosc monitor owned by Ben Cooke, started to turn heads as he walked the large lizard near his home in Bradley.

Often mistaken for a baby crocodile, this unusual reptile was frequently a source of fascination and intrigue for many passers-by, many of whom stopped to take a photo of the reptile on its daily travels.

Speaking about the days of his unusual pet, Ben said, “I saw her (Princess) at a pet store in Huddersfield and thought, ‘I have to look for her.’ I’ve always wanted one. “

“She was a bit biting and had never been handled before. Now we have a bond with her. It took six weeks to tame her. Now she is very tame and lets you do anything. “

Jake Mangel-Wurzel eats seven-year-old Easter eggs to prove BBE dates are nonsense

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In the spring of 2018, eccentric Jake Mangel Wurzel braved eating a number of seven-year-old Easter eggs in an attempt to prove the best before dates were absurd.

After making fun of expired chocolate eggs, he reported no ill effects and urged other consumers to stop being so reluctant about expired foods.

“I found the eggs in a dumpster on Syringa Street in Marsh He told the Examiner at the time.

“I ate the Dairy Milk Buttons egg which was dated July 2012. I have one egg left which is a Cadbury’s Flake which is dated July 2011.”

“The makers just want to scare us and make us throw things away so that we buy more,” Jake said.

“I eat healthy things and I’m still alive and well for 80 years. Guess I have a melted stomach and am immune to all known germs. If there was a plague on the planet, I would be the only survivor.

We said a sad farewell to Jake in August of this year, following a battle with skin cancer. TEAR.

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