Welwyn Hatfield Times review of 2011 - June

PUBLISHED: 10:30 27 December 2011

Josh with Tinchy Stryder

Josh with Tinchy Stryder


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

JUNE marked the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ 5,000th edition.

The first copy of The Welwyn Times, as it was called then, was published on Thursday, September 13, 1928.

It cost one penny and consisted of just 12 pages.

Current WHT editor Terry Mitchinson said: “For more than eight decades this paper has been at the centre of its community.

“We’ve seen many changes including massive leaps in technology.”

He added while “we shall continue to serve the people of Times Territory as we have always done”, we shall also continue “fighting for what is right and campaigning for what is best for the areas they serve” and he hoped the WHT could continue its good work for at least another 5,000 copies.

n While we were celebrating a birthday of one sort, we also started what we hope to be a new annual tradition – the WHT’s first charity golf day.

Held at Brocket Hall, the event raised £1,363.30 for Macmillan Cancer Support, our charity of the year.

n The ball skills of our golfers may not have been up to much, however one WGC youngster’s were most certainly impressing at the start of the month.

Football freestyling whizzkid Josh Clancy became one of very few people to say he ‘played’ in a Champions League final.

The Stanborough School pupil mesmerised the Wembley crowd as he performed his keepy-uppy act as part of the pre-show warm-up to Manchester United v Barcelona, which saw the Spanish giants destroy the Red Devils 3-1.

n Five-year-old Emre Souleiman fulfilled his dream of kicking a football for the very first time after the Brookmans Park youngster successfully underwent an operation to cure his cerebral palsy spastic diplegia.

n When former Stevenage striker Steve Morison signed for Premier League new boys Norwich City in June, he completed a modern footballing fairytale.

The graduate of the Potters Bar-based Protec Football Academy rose from playing in the ranks of non-league football to reach the highest level of English football.

And the former worker at Potters Bar’s paper shredding company, Shredaway, has so far been a hit, scoring six goals for the Canaries.

n Normandy veteran Iolo Lewis, who used his experiences from World War Two to help others, died aged 88.

The much-loved WGC resident will be remember fondly by the townspeople and as a regular contributor to the WHT’s letters page.

n Supermarket giant Tesco promised it would not open a 50,000 sq ft store in WGC unless it provided a public swimming pool.

n Masked gunmen stormed One-Stop convenience store in Hatfield and escaped with around £18,000 in cash and the CCTV footage of their crime.

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