Welwyn Hatfield Times review of the year – January
FLOWERS flooded a WGC school in memory of student Matt Pearson, following his sudden death on Boxing Day, 2008, aged 14.
Hundreds attended the funeral of the football-mad Sir Frederic Osborn pupil and Welwyn Pegasus’ Royals Under-14s captain.
Matt is survived by his mum Sherry, dad Stuart, sister Rachel and brother Mark.
* A BARACK Obama lookalike raked in the cash after he was inundated with offers to pose as the US President.
Knebworth Park cricketer Ryan Skeggs appeared on GMTV before hosting an inauguration party at the Hard Rock Caf� in London.
* LEWIS Hamilton was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List after becoming Formula 1 world champion.
The Tewin star had become the youngest-ever F1 winner in 2008 as he snatched the title on the last corner of the final lap.
- 1 Concerns raised over structural integrity of Shredded Wheat factory building
- 2 Hatfield mobile network improvements set to cause TV interference
- 3 The latest court results for Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar
- 4 Hertfordshire zoo Paradise Wildlife Park to temporarily close to the public in January
- 5 Drug dealer jailed after £9,000 worth of crack cocaine found in bedroom
- 6 Man in stable condition following Hatfield stabbing
- 7 Mountain bike stolen from Welwyn Garden City shed
- 8 Great family entertainment in Christmas production of Goodnight Mr Tom at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City
- 9 Christmas baubles adorn postbox toppers in Hertford crafters' festive yarnbombing event
- 10 Welwyn Garden City BID renewed and funding secured following ballot
The McLaren Mercedes driver said receiving the accolade “was a massive honour and an incredible privilege.”
* ICONIC retail-chain Woolworths served its last pic ‘n’ mix in January, as the company went into administration and closed all 807 of its stores across the country, including the one on Darkes Lane, Potters Bar.
* A TEAM of rowers had to abandon a 3,000-mile charity trek across the Atlantic Ocean – after their boat crashed into a whale.
Matt Craughwell, who was raising funds for WGC-based Isabel Hospice, was rescued by a cargo ship after the rudder on the crew’s boat tore off upon collision with the mammal.
Over �700 was still raised for the charity but attempts to break the east to west Atlantic Ocean rowing record had to be put on hold.
* TO continue the animal theme, cub snow leopards were able to thrive in their natural climate as wintry showers fell on Welwyn.
The adorable 17-week-old babies were treated to the snow outing by the Welwyn Cat Survival Trust.
* Come back at noon today (Christmas Day) to read our February review.