Review of the year: April

ROYAL wedding fever hit Comet country in April.

• A TRIAL begun in Scotland, following the murder of a Stevenage woman whose body was found in a bin in Edinburgh.

Robert Chalmers, 59, was accused of the murder of the former Bedwell Primary and Nobel School pupil, 24-year-old Samantha Wright.

He pleaded not guilty, but after the trial (which concluded in May), was found guilty of her murder.

• CELEBRATIONS were rife up and down Comet country, as people marked the Royal Wedding.


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Hertfordshire’s largest street party was thought to be in Lancaster Avenue and Close in Hitchin, where more than 500 people packed out to enjoy the occasion.

One Wymondley couple – Shona and George Caple - also had cause for their own celebration, as they got married at St Mary’s Church, Hitchin, at the same time as Wills and Kate themselves.

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• A “MUCH loved son, brother and uncle” died in a Letchworth GC flat fire.

Barry Collings, who lived in Bittern Way, was pronounced dead at the scene, after a fire broke out in his first floor flat.

Friend paid tribute to the 53-year-old – known as Scooter - on Facebook, with his family also issuing a statement.

Seventy people also had to be evacuated from the blaze.

• A CONTROVERSIAL flyover to be situated in Hitchin was given full approval by the secretary of state.

Transport secretary Philip Hammond approved the Network Rail scheme to remove the railway bottleneck in Hitchin, creating a flyover to alleviate rail congestion.

The decision was met with disappointment from the Hillcrest Park residents’ association, who had campaigned against the move on grounds of road safety, traffic, noise and pollution.

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