The town has a population of over 162, 000 in 2011. Huddersfield has a temperate oceanic climate. At present, Huddersfield has a diverse retail shopping area, bounded within the town’s ring road, compared with other towns of its size (Kingsgate, The Packhorse Precinct and The Piazza Centre). But Huddersfield, historically, is a manufacturing town (produced woolen textiles). The town center is home to some national high street retailers and chain stores, including Clinton Cards, GAME, House of Fraser, JD Sports, Sports Direct (formerly JJB), W H Smiths and Wilko). Fast food outlets consist of KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, Wimpy and Nando’s. Several films and television series have been shot in and around the town (portions of the BBC television series Happy Valley, interiors for the BBC’s Jamaica Inn, and many of the exteriors of the BBC series Jericho were filmed at the nearby Rockingstone Quarry). Some of the festivals the towns people look forward to, annually, is the Huddersfield Festival of Light, Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Huddersfield Caribbean Carnival, The Huddersfield Literature Festival. The town is known for being the birthplace of rugby league team Huddersfield Giants.
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