Welwyn Hatfield Times review of 2011 - April

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 December 2011

Rob and Joanne Gunther (nee Adams) marry on the day of the Royal Wedding - picture by Natalie Dawkins

Rob and Joanne Gunther (nee Adams) marry on the day of the Royal Wedding - picture by Natalie Dawkins

Natalie Dawkins

2011 was another action-packed year across Times Territory. Here, the Welwyn Hatfield Times looks back at some of the highlights of April.

* Welwyn Hatfield was the place to be if you wanted to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton – the biggest Royal Wedding for 30 years – in style.

The county of Hertfordshire had the highest amount of street parties in the UK and Times Territory’s residents certainly enjoyed the occasion, with 10 roads being closed off for gatherings.

This total was at least doubled by the hundreds of other residents who also hit their roads to unofficially mark April 29, 2011 – a date that will go down in the history of this nation.

* While the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were tying the knot, Times Territory had our very own couple who were exchanging their vows that same day.

Potters Bar’s Rob Gunther and Joanne Adams, from WGC, said they had a “wonderful day”.

* As Kate Middleton walked down the aisle, one WGC family were celebrating their new Royal connection.

The four Troon sisters, who grew up in Peartree Lane, WGC, are the third cousins of the Duchess and all share the same great-great-grandfather – John Middleton, a solicitor born in Leeds in 1839.

Former Welwyn Hatfield Times reporter Penny Troon said being related to a future Queen was a “wonderful acknowledgement” for them.

* Bollywood royalty came to Hatfield, in the form of megastar Akshay Kumar.

Known as the Indian Jackie Chan, the Asian A-lister was at the Galleria to film action comedy Desi Boyz.

n Jack FM also joined in with the Royal fun, inviting Hertfordshire couples to win a £25,000 wedding.

WGC resident Tracey Evans and Dean James took part in My Big Fat Jack Wedding, which involved giving the radio station as much publicity as possible in as many different ways. The couple, who had been together for 17 years, reached the final two, with mad stunts including getting Jack FM tattoos.

* April saw prehistoric, 200-million-year-old trees, being planted in Hatfield.

Three Wollemi Pines – a species long-thought extinct until they were discovered growing in an Australian rainforest in 1994 – were donated by Richard Walduck OBE.

The former High Sheriff of Hertfordshire has ancestral links to the first English settlers Down Under, as well as links to the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, where these Jurassic trees can be found.

* A new High Sheriff of Hertfordshire was appointed in April – Hatfield House’s Lord Charles Cecil.

The younger brother of Lord Salisbury was “very honoured” to be nominated for the title.

Come back later tomorrow for more in our review of the year.

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