Review of the year 2013: May

Ammonia Leak in Blackhorse Road, Letchworth GC

Ammonia Leak in Blackhorse Road, Letchworth GC - Credit: Archant

Headlines in May included a schoolgirl who reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent, plans for a £2.9 million cancer centre and the reinstatement of an MP back from the Australian jungle.

Gabz Gardiner performing The One during her Britain's Got Talent audition. Credit: ITV

Gabz Gardiner performing The One during her Britain's Got Talent audition. Credit: ITV - Credit: Ken McKay

? Buildings were evacuated after an ammonia leak. The leak came from a building occupied by the TII Group in Blackhorse Road Letchworth GC. The road was closed and all building adjacent to the area were evacuated while a decontamination area was set up. No one was hurt.

Nadine Dorries

Nadine Dorries - Credit: Archant

? Nadine Dorries was reinstated by the Conservative Party as an MP for Mid Bedfordshire. The MP had previously been suspended after appearing on the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! in November.

During her suspension she had been standing as an independent but was given the Conservative whip back by Sir George Young.

? Gabz Gardiner from Stevenage made the final of ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent. The 14-year-old from Nobel School finished in seventh place after a public vote.


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? Unsung heroes were honoured for their work within the community at the Comet Community Awards. The youngest winner was 11-year-old Tommy Kane who was called a “little hero” after his quick thinking saved his mother from having skin grafts when she was scalded in an accident.

? A planning application was approved for the £2.9 million Macmillan Cancer Centre at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

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Stevenage Borough Council approved the plans which will see the centre, due to open by the middle of next year. double Lister’s chemotherapy capacity and create a dedicated information and support centre for patients and families.

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