Welwyn Hatfield Times review of 2010: September

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 December 2010

Aston Merrygold

Aston Merrygold

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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 September 2010.

Mayor Howard Morgan, Tricia Gauduchon, Dennis Lewis, Robert Richardson and Terry Mitchinson

SEPTEMBER started with a bang with our report of a washing machine explosion in Hatfield.

The din sounded “like a bomb had gone off” according to Clare Knight, who thought a car had driven through her house.

The mum-of-two said she and her daughters Clarissa and Macy were lucky to escape unharmed as the explosion ripped tiles off the wall.

Oritsé Williams (L) with Marvin Humes

* GCSE glee was felt in Welwyn Hatfield as eager pupils found out their results.

And it was another record-breaking set of exam results for students.

* A LOWLIFE thief upset charity shop volunteers by stealing bags full of donated goods in WGC.

Denis in later life, still accompanied by his trusty camera.

The thefts, from outside Cancer Research were shown to be an ongoing problem, prompting the plea for donors to not leave their unwanted items outside the shops.

* HERTS police came under fire for spending taxpayers’ cash on “new age” stress-busting courses.

The relaxation therapy sessions were branded “a luxury they can ill afford” by campaign group The TaxPayers’ Alliance.

X Factor stars Jedward are coming to the Forum in Hatfield

* SCREAMING fans got a chance to meet their X Factor idols JLS, when the boyband headed to Tesco HQ, in WGC, for a book signing.

The heart-throbs spent two hours at Shire Park.

And they were not the only X Factor stars in town, as novelty act Jedward performed at Hatfield’s Forum.

Clarissa Martin, 12, and Macy Parker, five, with the destroyed washing machine

* FORMER WHT chief photographer Denis Williams was remembered in WGC with the unveiling of a memorial bench.

The ceremony attended by WHT editor Terry Mitchinson, included a ribbon-cutting by Welwyn Hatfield mayor Howard Morgan.

Jonathan Gill meets a screaming fan

* WGC celebrated its 90th birthday with a bumper day of music, food and fun.

* WELWYN Hatfield residents spoke of their joy, and opposition, to the state visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

Worshippers got the chance to see the Pontiff at a prayer vigil along with 80,000 others in London’s Hyde Park.

But opponents of the visit included millionaire novelist and Old Knebworth resident Ken Follett, who signed an open letter denouncing the Papal visit, along with Stephen Fry, author Terry Pratchett and atheist scholar Richard Dawkins.

* VIDEOS of an illegal rave in Tewin were posted on the internet.

The clips, on website YouTube, showed crowds of hundreds of whooping youths inhaling from balloons and dancing to repetitive beats.

* A CALL was launched to halt speeding drivers, in Mill Green Road, WGC, after a beloved family pet was killed.

* A VICIOUS ‘husky-type’ dog was on the loose and was blamed for savage attacks on two other dogs in WGC.

* A MYSTERY eccentric was the subject of several videos posted online.

The man, known only as Mr UNIXman, was seen sliding down escalators at the Howard Centre, in WGC.

* AN NHS finance chief caused outrage when he claimed £18,000 in removal expenses to relocate to Hertfordshire from Kent.

The claim made by finance director Paul Traynor, which was “in line with trust policy”, also included stamp duty.

* SEPTEMBER also saw the confirmation that the new QE2 will get an A&E department, after a concerted cross-party campaign backed by the WHT.

Jubilant Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps called the decision “an important turning point”.

* Come back at 7am tomorrow (Tuesday) to read a review of October.

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