REVIEW OF THE YEAR: NOVEMBER

DOWNING STREET: Transport minister John Hayes (second left) as Trevor Hyde, Jim Rogers, Justin Szymborski and Phil Scarlett asked for the A16 to be dualled to protect the area's fast growing food industry.
DOWNING STREET: Transport minister John Hayes (second left) as Trevor Hyde, Jim Rogers, Justin Szymborski and Phil Scarlett asked for the A16 to be dualled to protect the area's fast growing food industry.
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From a blitz to a bid to dual the A16

Workmen moved in on a notorious eyesore in a council ordered blitz.

Chainsaws and an industrial shredder made short work of overgrown trees and shrubs. Piles of rubbish were cleared.

And the bill for the job was sent to the owners.

Council leader Gary Porter said then: “The old Bull and Monkie pub is a disgrace to its owners, a blot on the face of Spalding, and I am pleased and relieved to announce the start of its clean-up.”

* Seventy elderly people who party together on Christmas Day were praying for a miracle as they risked spending the day alone after Broad Street Methodist Church was forced to cancel their festive dinner for the first time in 40 years – but hope was in the air by the end of the month as a rescue plan emerged.

* The names of 24 forgotten First World War heroes were to be etched on Spalding’s war memorial as the town came together to mark the 100th anniversary of the war’s outbreak.

* We held our first ever Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards with a glittering ceremony at the South Holland Centre. Among the stars on the night was Spalding Sir John Gleed pupil Poppy Hudson, who scooped the Student of the Year Award.

Poppy (12) told us afterwards: “Nothing like this ever happens to me – I was absolutely speechless.”

* Local heroes raised a record £29,147 for Spalding Poppy Appeal.

* Business leaders met local MP and transport minister John Hayes in London with their campaign to dual part or all of the A16 between Spalding and Peterborough.