Taking a look back at Morley 2014

Queen Street, Morley
Queen Street, Morley

The Observer & Advertiser looks back at the year 2014, a year in which the Wealdstone Raider became an online craze, England fell at the first hurdle, Scotland said no and we remembered the heroes who gave their lives for us 100 years ago.


The year 2014 kicked off with the news that the White Rose Shopping Centre had enjoyed record trade figures over the post-Christmas period, with an estimated 66,000 bargain-hunters believed to have stormed the centre on Boxing Day. Morley Market and Queen Street also reported a rise in the number of revellers during the previous month.

The town centre was then greeted with the news that Morley would be one of 10 places across the UK to be analysed in a £250,000 university project, with the hope of revamping its retail sector.

January also saw the start of a police clampdown on inconsiderate parking around schools in Morley. One parent told the Observer & Advertiser the situation at Churwell Primary School was an “accident waiting to happen.”