Welwyn Hatfield Times review of 2010: November

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 December 2010 | UPDATED: 12:04 30 December 2010

The branch that fell just yards away from Christina Stavrou's car

The branch that fell just yards away from Christina Stavrou's car

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

Wilfred Hardy

* EVERYONE remembers the fifth of November for Gunpowder Treason and Plot.

However not everyone would have known Hatfield’s link to the day.

That was until the WHT spoke to current marquess of Salisbury, Hatfield House’s Robert Cecil.

Lord Salisbury, is a direct descendant the monarch’s Machiavellian Secretary of State (also named Robert Cecil), who uncovered the plot to kill King James 1.

Welwyn Clock fire

While Robert Cecil stopped the 1604 plot, have-a-go heroes prevented a much more modern day attack.

* A SLEDGEHAMMER-WIELDING thief was thwarted by passers-by as he tried to break into a WGC jewellery shop.

The bandit, joined by a getaway driver on a motorbike, swung for the two passers-by who tried to stop the duo from breaking into Godshaw Jewellers.

* AN arson attack on the former Clock Hotel in Welwyn saw firefighters battling for more than six hours as they tried to contain a massive inferno.

Fiona Deacon receives her cheque from Emma Thackeray of WGC Next

Thick black smoke billowed across the nearby A1(M) as 40 per cent of the building was destroyed.

Luckily no one was injured in the blaze.

* A WELWYN mum-of-five cheated death after a tree came crashing down just feet in front of her as she drove down the B1000 between WGC and Hertford.

Christina Stavrou had to slam on her brakes to avoid the trunk. She now wants an investigation into the area.

The Marquess of Salisbury

* WAR veteran Wilfred Hardey, who has a heart condition, had a stroke two years ago and can only walk short distances, was deemed well enough by Welwyn Hatfield Council for them to take away his paid-for carers service.

The 94-year-old accused the council of taking away his “lifeline” to the outside world.

* AUSTRALIAN Fiona Deacon had reason to smile as she picked up a cheque for £15,000.

The Brookmans Park resident won the five figure sum after being automatically entered for the draw with clothes shop Next.

The mum-of-one was very cool headed about the prize though, saying she would spend it on her mortgage, a trip to her native land and a donation for charity.

* LESS could be said for the youngsters in Hatfield, as they went wild for X Factor stars who came to switch on the Galleria’s lights.

Belle Amie were the first X Factor festive light switch on act of the year, they weren’t to be the last though ...

* Come back at 2pm today to read a review of December.

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