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I’m indebted to Hitchin-born stalwart Richard Whitmore for his excellent account of the opening of The Dell back in 1950/51 in his very entertaining autobiography ‘Didn’t you used to be…Richard Whitmore?’.

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A few months ago I was contacted by Chilli Fest UK, asking to run a Letchworth town centre event in May.

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A new commercial plan is being developed to boost business in Biggleswade town centre in the hope it can better serve the needs of the fast growing town and fend off competition from online retail and out of town developments.

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The hotly-anticipated Stevenage Debenhams store will open in August and create 80 jobs, the Comet can reveal.

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The organisers of next month’s Letchworth Festival say they have broken all records for independent commercial sponsorship and advertising, with more than £7,000 already promised.

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Vintage is one of those buzz words of the moment – Vintage clothing, vintage fairs, vintage market stalls, vintage tea rooms…vintage town centre managers come to that.

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As I sit here in the Tourist Information Centre, plenty of people come in every day to ask about the town.

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A plan to build social housing flats on the site of Letchworth’s first purpose-built pub has been green-lit on appeal by a planning inspector.

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Last month saw Fireside Festival 2017 come to a close, a fantastic event which has helped Baldock burnish its reputation as a great place to experience the arts.

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I’m reminded by the latest Hitchin Forum newsletter of the difficulties facing so many community organisations in planning succession.

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I myself have been guilty of standing in a shop deciding whether it’s cheaper to buy an item on sites such as Amazon, Shpock or eBay.

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A beautician from Sandy is feeling just peachy after client power won her an industry award.

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A fifth strike is underway at Fujitsu in Stevenage as workers protest against job cuts, salaries and pensions.

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