A DECADE ago, Huddersfield town centre was an altogether different place from today.

For a start it had lots of different shops selling lots of different things – and not just those which cost £1 or less.

But over the years, Huddersfield has suffered the same fate as regional town centres up and down the land.

Empty shops, a reduced footfall and many leases being taken on by purveyors of bargains, seasonal goods and general tat is a familiar story.

Government officials, retail expert Mary Portas and local councillors the length and breadth of the country are scratching their heads trying to reinvent our town centres based around quality, independent retailers and leisure.

This is already happening to some extent here, as the number and range of the town centre’s restaurants and cafes mushrooms.