Welwyn Hatfield Times review of the year – July

A MICHAEL Jackson superfan and tribute performer spoke of his grief following the death of The King of Pop at the start of the month.

Welwyn resident Danny Oliver, who had met Jacko and visited his Neverland ranch twice, flew to America after the devastating news “to be close to Michael and to be there for him and his family”.

* ALSO at the beginning of the month, in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal, Hertsmere MP James Clappison repaid more than �3,000 of taxpayers’ money he claimed for gardening costs.

* THE month was a time of recognition for gym workers hailed for saving the life of a man, who suffered a heart attack while playing football.

Neil Jaggard and Jon Sims, of Gosling Sports Park, WGC, were presented with certificates by the East of England Ambulance Service after they used CPR to resurrect the man before paramedics turned up.

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* FOUR police officers were also praised for lifesaving.

Young mum Jodie Eyre highlighted the bravery of Pcs Mark Cooke, Scott Pearse, Ellie Reeve and Jay Thomas, who pulled her and three-month-old daughter Daniele from their smoke-filled flat.

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* A DREAM came true for a Codicote youngster during July as he appeared as coin tosser on Centre Court for the Wimbledon men’s final between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick.

Sports-mad James Doherty, who suffered a cardiac arrest playing at a tennis academy in September 2008, had since been diagnosed with the heart condition Long QT Syndrome.

* THE world’s first commercial jet airliner, which was built in Hatfield, made its inaugural flight 60-years-ago this month.

And to celebrate the de Havilland Comet being one of the most innovative creations in aviation history, the Welwyn Hatfield Times paid homage to it with a two-page special.

* Come back at noon today (Sunday) to read our August review.

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