Review of the Year: December

THERE was plenty of Christmas spirit on show in December as snow fell, two sisters were reunited and Hollywood stars lit up a town’s lights.

•COMET country was turned white as snow fell for the first time in winter much to the delight of children and to the dismay of motorists.

There was gridlock on the roads as residents tried to make their way to work in the icy conditions during the morning rush hour.

The snowy scene didn’t last for long however, with temperatures rising again in a matter of days.

•TWO film stars lit up a town’s Christmas lights switch on.


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Hollywood actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost took a break from filming The World’s End in Letchworth GC to turn on the town centre’s lights.

Town centre manager Lee Boswell said: “It’s fantastic that Simon and Nick have been able to help Letchworth celebrate Christmas in this way.”

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•RAIL passengers were hit with major delays after train services were halted by faulty power lines.

Thousands of people’s journeys were disrupted after a problem with cables between Stevenage and Hitchin lasted two days.

Four trains had to evacuated between the two stations, with replacement bus services put on to ferry passengers to their destinations.

•A YOUNGSTER had an extra special day as she celebrated her 12th birthday on 12/12/12.

Birthday girl Lucy Kingsley from Baldock enjoyed the day with friends but said the dates weren’t the only thing to coincide.

She said: “I think it’s amazing. I also figured out that my name consists of 12 letters, as does my two middle names. I also worked out that the first letter of my name is the 12th letter of the alphabet too.”

•A EUROMILLIONS ticket worth �64m was left unclaimed with no one coming forward before the deadline.

The ticket was bought in Stevenage or Hitchin in June but was never claimed.

A campaign was set up calling for the money to go to charities in the area but instead it will be donated to good causes nationwide.

•TWO sisters were reunited after a Christmas card was returned to its rightful owner with help from the Comet.

Letchworth GC resident Caite Petts got in contact after repeatedly receiving a card addressed to Ann Bailey.

The Comet managed to track down Mrs Bailey who lived on the same estate and gave her the card, which had been sent by her sister Stephanie.

The pair had lost contact more than 10 years ago but Mrs Bailey said she would make contact with her sister to wish her a Merry Christmas.

For a gallery of photos from the final month of the year click on the link at the top right of the page.

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