Review of the Year 2012: September

A PELICAN on the loose, a size-16 footed teen, and pensioners trapped in their flats all hit the headlines in September.

• PLANS to build a new stadium to host top flight football and major music concerts were announced.

Knebworth Park and House owners and Stevenage FC were in preliminary talks to build a brand new venue on a 55 acre site in off junction 7 of the A1(M).

• RHYTHMS of the World was told by its venue, Hitchin Priory, that the festival could no longer be held there.

It was down to the grounds being turned into a mudbath at the July bonanza, due to awful weather.

Organisers are currently searching for a new home, and are hoping to keep the festival running.

• BUSINESSES were facing eviction, after their building was earmarked for demolition.

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Twenty-five companies at Cromer House, Stevenage, were told they would have to move out.

One worker said: “It’s not fair. People will lose their jobs.”

• ELDERLY residents living in sheltered accommodation were “trapped in their flats” while their lift was fixed, because staff were not allowed to help them up and down the stairs.

Those living in Peter Sell House, Hitchin, were told staff could not help them due to health and safety.

Eighty-six-year-old resident Eileen Marshall labelled it “a very bad situation”.

• A PELICAN on the loose was eventually returned to his Staffordshire zoo after a three-week adventure in Stevenage.

The giant bird had been ruffling some feathers, spending time at Fairlands Valley Park and residents’ gardens.

He was eventually grabbed by a brave fisherman, who shut him in his dining room while awaiting a courier to arrive.

• A RUGBY playing teen was causing problems for his mother, who could not find boots that fit him.

Samuel Beach had trouble finding shoes for his size 16 feet.

Mum Denise said: “He eats like a horse, so that might have something to do with it.”

• A BRACELET donated to a charity shop by mistake was returned by the person who subsequently bought it, following an appeal by this paper.

The Swarovski silver and crystal bracelet was accidentally donated to The Salvation Army in Letchworth GC.

It was snapped up immediately, but returned once the mix-up was realised.

• Check back tomorrow (Friday) to see what happened in October. And view September in pictures, by clicking the link above right.

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