With so much monkeying around 2014 was no bog-standard year...

Shaun Walker with the world's fastest toilet, designed by Brighouse man Trevor Duckworth.

Shaun Walker with the world's fastest toilet, designed by Brighouse man Trevor Duckworth.

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From stolen monkeys and the world’s fastest toilet, it has been another busy year for Brighouse with crowds flocking to the town once again.

The year kicked off with protests as parking charges were introduced at three car parks around Brighouse town centre.

The move saw traders up in arms and residents fell the effects as car parks emptied and the surround street clogged up by motorists.

However, the new charges were reversed later on in the year.

After a eight year hiatus Brighouse band Embrace returned with a new album in February. During the year Danny and Richard McNamara, Steve Firth, Mickey Dale and Mike Heaton embarked on a UK tour and performed at the FA Community Shield final and at the opening ceremony of the Tour de France.

More musical success came to the town as Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band showed they were top of the pops as they were crowned the Yorkshire Champions in March.

Brighouse and Rastrick Brass band win the Yorkshire Championships 2014

Brighouse and Rastrick Brass band win the Yorkshire Championships 2014

In April, zoo keepers from Blackpool were going bananas as five monkeys were stolen and were later found on doorstep in Brookfoot Lane.

Two female and one baby cotton-top tamarins and two male emperor tamarins were taken by thieves who broke into their enclosures at the zoo on April 29.

One baby monkey was never found though.

In the same month Brighouse Town football club were crowned NCEL Premier League.

Getting ready for the Brighouse Victorian Christmas Festival

Getting ready for the Brighouse Victorian Christmas Festival

Inventor Trevor Duckworth saw his latest creation was no flash in the pan, as his vehicle entered the Guinness world record books for the world’s fastest toilet.

In May, the 69-year-old saw the toilet designed to be a fully functional toilet as well as featuring an accelerator, brake pedals and throttle smash the world record in Elvington, York, travelling at 70.9miles per hour.

In June Brighouse caught 1940s fever as the successful weekend spectacular returned with thousands of people visiting the town.

Organised by the Brighouse Business Initiative, the town was filled with military vehicles, equipment and soldiers ready for action. Sirens will be sounded to mark the occasion.

Band Embrace are back with their sixth album after an eight year absence

Band Embrace are back with their sixth album after an eight year absence

Over the weekend war time entertainment filled the streets as staff from shops staff all dressed up in 40s gear.

In August, the first ever Brighouse Canal, Beer & Music Festival was held.

Attractions included a large variety of boats on the Calder and Hebble Navigation, a huge street market, canal crafts, a local real ale tent and lots to entertain the children and live music is being performed on three outdoor stages.

Performers in November showed that Brighouse does have talent as the Echo held its first ever Brighouse has talent contest with Ophelia Ormerod crowned the winner.

The year has been rounded off with the Victorian Christmas Festival with camels and Queen Victoria bringing the festive spirit to people.