Review of the Year 2019: July

Roisin Welch-Harris, 5, enjoyed the scaregrows on display at the Holwell festival. Picture: K Welch/

Roisin Welch-Harris, 5, enjoyed the scaregrows on display at the Holwell festival. Picture: K Welch/N Harris - Credit: Archant

July saw a heady mix of sun, family fun and love on a well-known island.

There was a fantastic tribute to the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Holwell scarecrow festival. Pi

There was a fantastic tribute to the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Holwell scarecrow festival. Picture: Nigel Eaton - Credit: Archant

The Letchworth Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with high-energy dancing in the streets, live music and a feast of family fun. The festival - a celebration of Letchworth life - hosted more than 100 individual events, including family spin classes, wine and beer tasting, exhibitions and live music over a fortnight.

Hitchin's Molly-Mae Hague and boyfriend Tommy Fury took second place in Love Island 2019's live final. The 20-year-old former Miss Teen Hertfordshire and Priory School student also gained the most Instagram followers of any contestant while still in the villa, as she reached two million.

In Hitchin, North Hertfordshire Museum finally opened its doors almost nine years after the facility's plans were first approved. There had been a long-running dispute between North Herts District Council and Hitchin Town Hall Limited over the terms of purchase of part of the site, including the main entrance in Brand Street. The council finally agreed to purchase the land for £550,000.

Holwell's beloved scarecrow festival was a roaring success, despite concerns the event would be affected by roadworks. More than 300 people showed up for the event and raised £974 for Letchworth's Garden House Hospice Care. There was a fantastic range of scarecrows on offer - with Boris Johnson, Harry Potter, tributes to D-Day landings and even a Lewis Hamilton replica on display. Organiser Nigel Eaton said: "There was a fantastic buzz around the village."

The entrance to the North Hertfordshire Museum at 14/15 Brand Street in Hitchin. Picture: JP Asher

The entrance to the North Hertfordshire Museum at 14/15 Brand Street in Hitchin. Picture: JP Asher - Credit: Archant

Following the complete rebuild of The Highfield School in Letchworth, students and staff buried a time capsule in the grounds. "This initiative is a way of really cementing The Highfield School in history," said headteacher Ian Morris.

In Stevenage, a horror crash at a rally car meet left 18 people injured. Two cars crashed on Monkswood Way before leaving the road and ploughing into pedestrians lining the street. The weekly Cruise-Herts meets were supposed to be static events.

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In Stevenage, Waitrose in the Old Town announced plans to permanently close in the autumn after 41 years of trading in the High Street, unable to make the shop commercially sustainable in the long-term.

The Waitrose closure affected 97 members of staff, with some made redundant and some relocated to ot

The Waitrose closure affected 97 members of staff, with some made redundant and some relocated to other stores. Picture: Nicky Williams. - Credit: Archant

Hitchin's Molly-Mae Hague was a Love Island sensation. Picture: ITV/Joel Anderson

Hitchin's Molly-Mae Hague was a Love Island sensation. Picture: ITV/Joel Anderson - Credit: ITV

The Letchworth Festival comes to a close with lots of activities on the final day. Picture: Strand P

The Letchworth Festival comes to a close with lots of activities on the final day. Picture: Strand PR - Credit: Strand PR

The Letchworth Festival had lots to entertain children and adults alike. Picture: Strand PR

The Letchworth Festival had lots to entertain children and adults alike. Picture: Strand PR - Credit: Strand PR

From tiny tots to grown-ups, people were out in force to enjoy the Letchworth Festival. Picture: Str

From tiny tots to grown-ups, people were out in force to enjoy the Letchworth Festival. Picture: Strand PR - Credit: Strand PR

The Letchworth Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Picture: Strand PR

The Letchworth Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Picture: Strand PR - Credit: Strand PR

Mick Kelly's winning effort at the Holwell scarecrow festival. Picture: Nigel Eaton

Mick Kelly's winning effort at the Holwell scarecrow festival. Picture: Nigel Eaton - Credit: Archant

Former student Sophia Dirosa returned to Highfield School in Letchworth to bury the time capsule wit

Former student Sophia Dirosa returned to Highfield School in Letchworth to bury the time capsule with Mr Morris and Mr Furness. Picture: Gillian Jemetta - Credit: Archant

People enjoying the vibe of the Letchworth Vintage Festival 2019. Picture: Strand PR

People enjoying the vibe of the Letchworth Vintage Festival 2019. Picture: Strand PR - Credit: Strand PR

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