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THE YEAR THAT WAS: How we reported 2008: April - June

PUBLISHED: 08:55 01 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:44 07 September 2010

APRIL Rumours of a hotel and casino on the spot of the Camden Town fire kicked off the month, but sources refused to confirm the mysterious redevelopment. Pupils from Christ Church primary school were treated to the glitz and glamour of a film awards cer

APRIL

Rumours of a hotel and casino on the spot of the Camden Town fire kicked off the month, but sources refused to confirm the mysterious redevelopment.

Pupils from Christ Church primary school were treated to the glitz and glamour of a film awards ceremony when they watched themselves on the big screen at the Everyman Cinema. And a single mother from Highgate had cause to celebrate when she fought off fierce competition to win a BBC short story competition with her tale, Dr Sharpneedle Visits.

Stars including Matt Damon, Renee Zellweger, Alan Rickman and Prime Minister Gordon Brown gathered in Hampstead for the funeral of director Anthony Minghella, and Highgate mourned the death of Angela Boroni who died while being moved from the Whittington to a hospital bed in Bedford because of bed shortages.

April also saw surprise post-Easter snow which encouraged young and old to don woolly hats and wellies and play on Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Waterlow Park. While a painting by Lucian Freud of Camden Town Jobcentre employee Sue Tilley caused a stir in the art world, after it made £18million at

MAY

May saw the presentation of a petition, signed by almost 800 cyclists, swimmers, dog walkers and residents to developers, stating fierce opposition to plans to send 24-tonne trucks down a Hampstead Heath dirt track.

'Spy' cameras on the Heath led to civil liberty concerns, despite the new mobile CCTV being the pride and joy of the Heath Constabulary who hoped it would drive down crime figures.

There was a mixed reaction to Camden Council's decision to merge Swiss Cottage's Frank Barnes School for deaf children with Edith Neville primary in Somers Town. This month also heard the death knell sound for post offices despite endless petitions and protests by local residents. Branches in South End Green, Highgate High Street, Belsize Park and Camden Town were among those tos shut.

An 87-year-old widow was also campaigning this month against 'sky-high' parking fees at the Royal Free Hospital. Joan Laurance enlisted neighbours and politicians to fight for reduced fees at the hospital where her husband had died earlier in the year.

JUNE

June saw world-class skaters descend on Camden Town as the UK heat of Quicksilver Bowlriders, the world cup of skateboarding, took place in Cantelowes Gardens.

Mental health charity founder, Marjorie Wallace from Highgate, was awarded a CBE.

The area mourned the death of Sharmaarke Hassan, 17, shot in Camden Town in June. And an 11-year-old was left fighting for her life after she was struck by a truck at an accident black spot in Temple Fortune.

Newsreader Jon Snow visited Kentish Town to open a new children's centre at Brecknock School, while parents, teachers and children took to the streets outside Camden Town Hall to protest against Edith Neville School's co-location with Frank Barnes School for deaf children.

The Ham&High also revealed the Whittington Hospital's bed scandal, which saw almost 300 intensive care patients transferred in three years because of bed shortages.


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