Review of the Year: April

STEVENAGE Borough clinched the Conference title, Gordon Brown returned to Comet country and a family of seven were jailed for a total of 93 years in April.

? Then Prime Minister Gordon Brown made his second visit of the year to Stevenage on the General Election campaign trail, joined by wife Sarah and home secretary Alan Johnson.

Mr Brown, addressing volunteers from the town in the Oval Community Centre, said: “I’m very proud of Stevenage and the message it sends out about what can be done if people pull together.”

? A teacher from Hitchin fulfilled his boyhood dream when he stepped on to Manchester City’s pitch to receive an award.

Steve Mills found himself at the City of Manchester Stadium for City’s 5-1 win over Birmingham City after the club was told by a William Ransom School pupil of how Mr Mills’ support was evident in the classroom.

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The deputy head was presented with a teaching trophy award by City legend Mike Summerbee.

? Stevenage Borough clinched the Blue Square Premier title and promotion to the Football League for the first time with a 2-0 away win at Kidderminster.

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Charlie Griffin and Joel Byrom grabbed the goals and travelling fans joined the players on the pitch for a champagne celebration after the final whistle was blown.

“Enjoy the moment; it’s going to be a good summer for the people,” said Boro boss Graham Westley.

? Three brothers, their mother and two of their girlfriends were jailed for a total of 93 years for their parts in killing their lodger Michael Gilbert, cutting up his body and dumping it in the Blue Lagoon in Arlesey.

Judge John Bevan said: “I don’t think I have ever seen a case involving cruelty and violence involving group entertainment as this grotesque story has revealed.”

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