REVIEW OF THE YEAR: OCTOBER

JET DOWN: The burning F-15 in a field at Weston Hills. SG081014-207TW
JET DOWN: The burning F-15 in a field at Weston Hills. SG081014-207TW

Residents of Weston Hills were counting their blessings on October 8 when an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a field, narrowly missing a primary school, nursery and homes.

Residents of Weston Hills were counting their blessings on October 8 when an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a field, narrowly missing a primary school, nursery and homes.

The pilot ejected the aircraft safely and what could have been a day of multiple tragedies became a time to wonder at the miracle that kept everyone safe from harm.

In the aftermath, we spoke to dad Phil Jerwood, who told us his daughter, Honey, had a narrow escape when part of the pilot’s harness hit the ground a few away feet from her as she got out of a school-run taxi.

Phil (37) said: “If that had hit someone, it would have killed them.”

* Record crowds turned out at the start of the month for the Pumpkin Parade, which was held in a party atmosphere.

Community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “It was pleasing to see so many people enjoying themselves and the firework display was fantastic.”

* The Lincolns’ celebrated battle honour, The Sphinx, was uncovered for all to see at Spalding’s Lighthouse Church, formerly the drill hall. The stone panel had been hidden by a pictorial depiction of the cross, but a new cross was bought thanks to donations given at the funeral service of former Lincoln, Major Stanley Chandler.

* Police dealt a crushing blow to hare coursers, quite literally, when a Subaru Forrester used in the criminal activity was sent to the crusher.

Police wildlife officer PC Nick Willey said: “The Subaru had been involved in a number of incidents in the Holbeach area.”

* Residents of Spalding were being driven crazy as roadworks gridlocked the town.

* Spalding human rights defender Andy Hall (35), who helped expose exploitation of migrant workers in Thailand, won a historic court victory in that country following a 
lawsuit brought by a fruit company.

* A dad who had struggled to walk down his garden path while recovering from a brain haemorrhage made our front page a year later – pictured on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s biggest walkable mountain.

David Wilkinson (45), from Donington, conquered the mountain with brother Tony to raise money for Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, so more patients can benefit from life-saving treatment.