Review of the Year: May

A SCARE for a skydiver, election results and plans for Hitchin town centre’s redevelopment were all topics of conversation in May.

? Stevenage turned from red to blue as Conservative Stephen McPartland became MP of the town, ousting Labour after a 13-year run.

Fellow Tory MPs Peter Lilley, Oliver Heald, Nadine Dorries and Alistair Burt all retained their seats in Comet country as a Coalition Government was formed between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

? Hopes of a historic double for Stevenage Boro were dashed when they lost the FA Trophy Final at Wembley, going down to Barrow 2-1 after extra time.

Graham Westley’s side were looking to retain the cup they had won the year before but ended the game with nine men after David Bridges was dismissed and Charlie Griffin left seriously injured after all substitutes had been used.

? Plans for the redevelopment of Hitchin town centre were unveiled to the public for the first time after years of waiting, setbacks and rule changes.

Developers Simons described the design as a “traditional street layout” but initial reaction from shoppers was mixed.

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? A charity parachute jump by a father and son from Letchworth GC almost ended in tragedy after one chute malfunctioned at 12,000ft in the air.

Tim Williams, who raised �1,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support with dad Ron, said: “Even though it was a hair-raising few minutes for me, it was all for a good cause and, like Dad, I would do it all again.”

? Ex-Spurs footballers lined up against Letchworth GC Eagles in memory of former player Antonio Samuels who was stabbed to death in the town last year.

Among those to lace their boots for charity were Graham Roberts and Andy Sinton.

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