A look back at the Comet pages from 1991
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By 1991, the Comet was entering its third decade delivering local news to the community.
What made the news for us in 1991?
Bus passes were on the front page in April, with councillors in Stevenage "anxious" that many elderly residents were not claiming concessions.
Over in Letchworth, plans for an outdoor market were slammed by the indoor market boss, which claimed there was not enough trade for two - citing the plight of struggling businesses in the town as it was.
This came as North Herts Council considered the idea of hosting an outdoor market in Eastcheap.
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The cardiac rehabilitation unit at Lister Hospital was at risk in 1991 - and was luckily spared the axe, much to the delight of ex-patients.
Today, the service is run in the community with a nurse delivering home and in-clinic programmes.
- 1 Residents consulted on redevelopment of Letchworth's Hawksley bungalows
- 2 Stevenage council: 'More flats will bring life to town'
- 3 Woman trapped in car after colliding with tree on A602
- 4 Cancelled school trip to red list Peru sees some students losing £2,250
- 5 Hitchin Boys' teacher honoured with national award
- 6 Stevenage schoolboy wins national chef award
- 7 H-Town Almost Unlocked to celebrate 'eclectic mix' of Hitchin retailers
- 8 A602 remains partially shut in Stevenage after crash
- 9 Special needs school's urgent appeal for swim helpers
- 10 'COVID can't stop us!' - Zimbabwe school fees raised with garden party after Stevenage Day cancelled
Fire fighters were praised for their quite work following a flood at the Littlewoods store in Stevenage. The flood started in a staff area of the store, and thanks to the fire service, pouring water never made it to the shop floor!
Reporter Maureen Allen brought us a report on the lack of nursery school places in Baldock in December 1991.
One mum started a petition - long before the days of change.org - which wrangled up more than 1,000 signatures calling for more nursery places for toddlers in the town.
Julia Park, who began gathering signatures, was also the chair of the Nursery Action Group, and a parent governor. explained
The report talks about waiting lists for places such as the Weston Way Nursery School.
The petition would later be presented to the county council's education committee.
Former England goalkeeper, Bob Wilson, made an appearance at the Two Diamonds - now the Old Town Bar in Stevenage - to present a cheque to punters, who had taken on a charity challenge in aid of the Lister Hospital Scanner Appeal.
Regulars at Rose & Crown in Aston - which closed in 2014 - joined the Two Diamonds regulars for the challenge of pulling a 9.5 ton McMullen Original AK double-decker bus for more than five miles.