Review of the Year 2012: March

TWO Comet appeals had positive results, while rock heroes Queen launched a search to find a baby born at their Knebworth concert.

• BT was forced into an embarrassing climbdown after planning to build directly outside a town landmark.

The phone company submitted an application to build a DSLAM cabinet right outside the Cabbies Hut in Hitchin’s Market Place.

Phil Rowe, from the historical society, labelled the application, which was later withdrawn, “preposterous” and “astounding”

• A HAMSTER being transported from the pet store to his new home went undiscovered in his new owner’s car for several days.

Despite Fran Elkington putting food and water down for her new pet, the hamster, which had escaped by clawing its way out of a cardboard box, managed to elude capture for a further five days.

Swallowing her pride, Fran eventually took her VW Beetle to a garage, which was taken apart before the rodent was found.

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• ROCK giants Queen launched a search to find a baby believed to have been born at their 1986 Knebworth concert.

The band wanted to find the baby – now 25 – who had been born while they blasted out apt classics such as I Want To Break Free and Radio Ga Ga.

• COMET readers helped a three-year-old girl take her first steps.

Jen Clare, from Stevenage, had never walked due to a condition known as quadripleglic cerebral palsy.

But, after her parents raised �40,000 with the help of the Comet, she was able to fly out to America for an operation which got her on her feet.

• A YOUNG singing sensation from Stevenage became a YouTube sensation.

Ten-year-old Sophia Khoury’s version of Adele’s Someone Like You was viewed more than five million times.

Proud dad Fadi said: “The video thing has just gone nuts. She has a huge talent.”

• A PUPPY who was abandoned at a boarding kennel found a new home, thanks to the Comet.

Staffordshire bull terrier Bailey was left at a Baldock kennel, and never picked up by his owner.

But Arlesey animal lover Tracey Bottoms saw an article in the Comet, and decided she could give the pup a new home.

*Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) to see what happened in April.

And view March in pictures, by clicking the link above right.