AS 2023 draws to a close, it is time to take a look back on some of the stories we covered this year.

Over today and tomorrow, we will be remembering some of the great images which featured in the Knutsford Guardian.

This article will feature pictures from January to June. Be sure to look out for the next story which contains images from July to December.


Knutsford Guardian: Molly-Mae and Tyson Fury with staff at Cranford Cafe and Sandwich BarMolly-Mae and Tyson Fury with staff at Cranford Cafe and Sandwich Bar (Image: Cranford Cafe and Sandwich Bar)

Ding Ding! Round one of 2023 kicked off with world champion boxer Tyson Fury paid a visit to the town with his half-brother Tommy Fury and his partner Molly-Mae Hague.

The trio posed for selfies with staff and customers after enjoying a delicious breakfast at the Cranford Café and Sandwich Bar in Canute Place.

Tyson and Tommy had participated in a 10k run at Tatton Park earlier in the day.


Knutsford Guardian: Knutsford hospitality businesses rallied together in FebruaryKnutsford hospitality businesses rallied together in February (Image: Sandra Curties)

With everyone feeling the pinch of the cost-of-living crisis in February, Knutsford's hospitality businesses rallied together to lobby the Government for urgent help.

They called on then energy security and net zero secretary Grant Shapps MP for financial support after seeing as much as 1,000 per cent rises in their energy bills.


As the month started, it was announced a new smokehouse had opened, bringing American-style barbecue to Knutsford.

Knutsford Guardian: Barbecued ribs and honey glazed chickenBarbecued ribs and honey glazed chicken (Image: Smokehouse & Cellar)

After a major refurbishment, the Smokehouse & Cellar welcomed its first customers into the Royal George Building on Regent Street.

The company is owned by Sarah Johnson and run by her partner John Rennie and his brother Steven.


A café owner in Wilmslow was left stunned in April when she discovered a gang of burglars had tunnelled their way through her café into a jewellery shop.

Knutsford Guardian: The tunnel in the Rise cafeThe tunnel in the Rise cafe (Image: Supplied)

The thieves dug their way into the Rolex store on Water Lane on Wednesday April 26.

Police were called after alarm bells were triggered at Prestons.


Joy and laughter filled the streets on May 13 as thousands turned out to watch Knutsford Royal May Day Festival.

A record crowd clapped and cheered as the huge colourful procession meandered through the town.

Knutsford Guardian: Streets were packed with crowdsStreets were packed with crowds (Image: Newsquest)

In glorious sunshine, 600 children waved as proud parents snapped pictures on their phones.

Amelie McGill Anglin was also crowned the May Day Queen.


After getting frustrated over a lack of action to re-do the road markings at the busy A50 roundabout in the town, resident Peter Sharratt took matters into his own hands.

Knutsford Guardian: Peter with his hard hat, hi-vis jacket and spray paintPeter with his hard hat, hi-vis jacket and spray paint (Image: Supplied)

Equipped with a hi-vis jacket and cans of spray paint, Peter recreated the arrows splitting traffic into left-turning and straight-on lanes to make it safer.

The council later resurfaced the road and painted on fresh lines in the process.