Review of the year 2013: October
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In October hundreds paid their respects to a filmmaker, a halloween display caused controversy and a business initiative was given the green light.
• Hundreds paid their respects at the funeral of award-winning filmmaker Mark Straker.
The 50-year-old from Bragbury End, Stevenage, died of a suspected heart attack. He won many awards for his films, including Best Acting at the London Black Film Makers International Film Festival in 2009 for Second Chance.
• A man who decorated his house for Halloween to raise money for Cancer Research UK was told by police to ‘tone down’ the display as it was upsetting children.
Police visited James Creighton’s home in Grove Road, Stevenage, asking him to cover up the Halloween display outside the front of his house. The 25-year-old had put up the decorations every year since the death of his grandmother from the disease in 2009.
The story made the headlines across the UK prompting a flurry of donations, and ended up raising £2,500 for the charity.
• A business initiative was given the green light in what was described as a “pivotal moment” for a town centre’s future.
- 1 Funeral of retired Stevenage school teacher hailed 'a legend'
- 2 Magpas Air Ambulance lands in Letchworth amid 'medical emergency'
- 3 Two-storey factory catches fire in Letchworth
- 4 Old Town Live organisers 'overwhelmed by response'
- 5 Stevenage PE teacher's charity run after leg amputation
- 6 Assault victim left with punctured lung after Hitchin 'scuffle'
- 7 9 things to do on a day trip to Hitchin, Hertfordshire
- 8 Stevenage fundraising day in memory of much-loved Peter
- 9 Summer Sand pit opens in Stevenage
- 10 'Expect delays' during week-long gas works at Stevenage roundabout
Companies based in Letchworth GC town centre voted in favour of creating the Letchworth Garden City BID – business improvement district – following a ballot.
The plan will see businesses work together to attract more people into the town centre. It starts in March 2014 and will run for five years.