Review of the year 2013: February

Sarah Halfpenny with her baby son Willoughby Hudson Skywalker Halfpenny and his birth certificate at

Sarah Halfpenny with her baby son Willoughby Hudson Skywalker Halfpenny and his birth certificate at their home in Letchworth - Credit: Archant

February saw the cancellation of an annual festival, although it was better news for a young Arsenal fan who saw his dreams come true.

February saw the cancellation of an annual festival, although it was better news for a young Arsenal fan who saw his dream come true.

? A Letchworth GC couple referenced Star Wars when naming their first-born child. Paul and Sarah Halfpenny named their son Willoughby Hudson Skywalker.

Mr Halfpenny said: “We don’t like normal names and were struggling to find ones we both like. I like names like Wolverine and Rebel but they weren’t allowed.”

? A health watchdog promised to take action over health and safety risks at the then-privately-run Lister Surgicentre.


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The Care Quality Commission released a report claiming the Surgicentre’s lack of efficient safety rules was having a “major impact” on patients. It was later taken over the East and North Herts NHS Trust.

? The annual Rhythms of the World festival in Hitchin was cancelled after time ran out to find a new venue.

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Owners of The Priory pulled out of hosting the event after a muddy festival the previous year.

? A former stray dog found new purpose after being trained as a police Dog Watch mascot.

Larry, a nine-year-old saluki, was nicknamed the Bacon Butty Burglar thanks to his knack for stealing food.

Owner Sarah Sheldrick, from Stevenage, said: “Larry used to be completely crazy but he’s changed now. It’s wonderful to see him get some real purpose in his life.”

? A youngster undergoing treatment for leukaemia saw his dreams come true when he met Arsenal star Jack Wilshere.

Oliver Kelly, 7, from Letchworth GC, met the footballer at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground.

His mum Rebecca said: “He was overwhelmed, it was a dream come true for him. Oliver is such a little hero and he has taken it in his stride.”

Oliver will continue with treatment until June 2015.

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