Review of the Year 2012: June
Her Majesty the Queen visited Comet country as part of her diamond jubilee tour, a �63.8million lottery ticket was yet to be claimed by its rightful owner, three outstanding Samaritans came to the rescue of a man suffering a heart attack and Knebworth House played host to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
A ROYAL visit was the highlight of the summer.
? THOUSANDS of people turned out to welcome the Queen when she visited Comet country as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour.
Her Majesty’s first stop was Hitchin Market Place where crowds cheered as she met shopkeepers and saw a presentation by young schoolchildren.
The Queen was welcomed by her cousin, Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon, and his wife, Caroline, and presented with a gift from the people of Hitchin, which included lavender oil from the fields of the town.
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She in turn presented the volunteers at the British Schools Museum the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The Queen handed the award to 80-year-old Yvonne Limbrick, schools programme manager.
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Mrs Limbrick said: “It has been a wonderful experience and receiving the award from the Queen herself is a real honour.”
Her Majesty then went on to Lister Hospital, in Stevenage where she officially opened the new maternity ward.
The Queen was due to be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh but he could not make the visit due to his health.
? THE hunt was on for a �63.8million winner as representatives from Camelot came to Comet country to find the mystery winner.
Camelot said the ticket was bought in Hitchin or Stevenage during the jubilee weekend.
The full amount of �63,837,543.60 was the fifth biggest prize to be won in the UK.
A spokesman for Camelot said: “We are desperate to find this mystery ticket holder and unite them with their winnings and we’re urging everyone to try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa.”
The ticket holder had until 11pm on December 5 to make their claim.
? A MAN who suffered a heart attack in a street had his life saved by three passers-by.
Off-duty police officers David and Gemma Wardell and off duty fire officer Steve Daly came to the rescue of a 67-year-old man.
Mr Wardell said: “A man was riding along Great Ashby Way on his Vespa scooter and he seemed to struggle to control it.”
“The next thing we knew he was on the floor. I took his helmet off and could see he was really struggling.”
Mr Wardell said he could not find a pulse so he started CPR, while his wife, Mrs Wardell dialled 999 and asked for an ambulance.
Mr Daley who happened to be driving by at the same time stopped to help take over CPR.
Mr Daley said: “I’m sure I just did what any of my colleagues would have done in that situation.”
? A MUSIC gig raised more than �3,500 to help pay for a four-year-old’s prosthetic limbs, after he contracted meningitis and lost both hands and both legs.
Marshall Janson’s family set up a charity called Handstand in a bid to raise the �900,000 needed for prosthetic limbs as their son grows up.
? Knebworth Park rocked to the sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Despite the rain, the packed crowd had been treated to the delights of support acts Reverend and The Makers, The Wombats and Dizzee Rascal ahead of the American headliners, spirits were definitely high for the Chilis.
? A MAN took on a cycle challenge in memory of his sister who was murdered by the Taliban in Afghanistan almost two years ago.
Dr Karen Woo, of Brixham Close in Stevenage, was shot by insurgents while bringing medical aid to remote villages in the war-torn country in August 2010.
Dr Woo’s brother, Andy, along with his fianc�e Lois and friends James and Liz King and Matt Ellen cycled 63 miles in the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge in Newcastle to raise money for the foundation set up in memory of Dr Woo.