Welwyn Hatfield Times review of 2010: February

It’s been another eventful 12 months in Times Territory. Here, the Welwyn Hatfield Times looks back at what was making the headlines in February 2010.

THE heroic actions of Army sergeant Mark Devine were immortalised when a new documentary, Road Warriors, aired on ITV.

The 29-year-old, from Panshanger, WGC, raced for help when a truck convoy took a wrong turning and came under attack from Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

His bravery saved the lives of four soldiers.

* WHT reporter Ross Logan joined Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity... star Camilla Dallerup, and her fiance Kevin Sacre, for a night sleeping rough in Hatfield.

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Around 75 people camped out at the Galleria for the inaugural Sleep Easy event, organised by Central Herts YMCA.

It was part of a national drive to raise awareness and money for homelessness.

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* TRIBUTES were paid to John Mansfield, the former deputy leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council, who died at the age of 80.

Leader John Dean described his friend and colleague as someone who “served the community with 100 per cent commitment”.

* ENCAPSULATING images telling the tale of an RAF pilot during World War Two were anonymously donated to a Potters Bar charity shop.

The mysterious photo album, given to the Cancer Research store, followed the tour of a man known as ‘Siam Joe’.

Shop manager Dorota Phillips hoped to find a worthy owner for the album.

Future Potters Bar Editions – the sister paper of the WHT – revealed she eventually donated the album to an aircraft museum.

* LABOUR MP Barbara Follett spoke of her “regret” after being told to pay back more than �42,000 expenses – the highest of any politician.

Mrs Follett, who lives in Old Knebworth, had claimed the bulk of the amount for mobile security patrols around her second home in London.

She said: “This has been a sad and sorry episode in Britain’s political life which I deeply regret.”

* MASKED gunmen burst into a supermarket, threatening terrified staff members, tying them up and stealing thousands of pounds.

The Valentine’s Day raid took place at Tesco Express in Cuffley.

* OLD Hatfield resident Rob Millist was left stunned when the face of Jesus Christ appeared after he lit a fire in his lounge.

The defining features of a gaunt face were clearly visible in the snap, which he took as he set up for a party.

“It’s very spooky, and very profound,” he told the WHT.

* UNIVERSITY of Hertforshire marketing student Rosie Hart won a spot in a new denim advertising campaign for UK fashion giant Next.

The 21-year-old finished in the top five of a competition on Facebook, and her image was immediately seen in fashion mags and in store windows.

* ROCK Choir, which has a base in WGC, signed a �1m multi-album deal with Universal, the world’s largest record company.

The contemporary choir, which embraces pop, gospel and Motown feel-good songs, was recording its first album, to feature 1,000 members’ voices, which was due for release later in the year.

* A PLUCKY 15-year-old spoke of his pride after helping snare a shoplifter.

Darren Hays was cycling home in Hatfield when he spotted a security guard chasing two thieves from the town’s Asda store.

Pedalling after them, the have-a-go youngster forced the thieves to ditch the �39 worth of ready meals they had nicked – and even cornered one of them until police arrived.

* Come back at 2pm today (Christmas Day) to read a review of March.

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