Review of the year 2013: September

The Hornby-Baaouani family. Bedford. b13-861  Shelly, Walid and baby Rayen Hornby-Baaouani.

The Hornby-Baaouani family. Bedford. b13-861 Shelly, Walid and baby Rayen Hornby-Baaouani.

A family who were forced apart by a Home Office mix-up were reunited in Bedford.

Shelley Hornby-Baaouani had been fighting to bring her Tunisian husband Walid to the UK after the couple discovered they were expecting a baby - they’re son Rayen saw his dad just once in the first five months of his life.

Nine-year-old Henry Patterson, from Lidlington, who runs the confectionary company Not Before Tea, was singled out among hundreds of entries in the Pitch Up scheme to win the chance to sell his goods at Sainsbury’s.

A devastated father told an inquest about the day his toddler daughter died after waiting an hour to be seen at the Marston Surgery.

Eric Linforth, who was a witness into the inquest on 23-month-old Lucie, said the family had only just moved to the village and had not yet registered with the practice.

Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries landed a six-figure book deal to write about 1950’s Liverpool - the novel was to be “moving and autobiographical.

Former policeman Jas Parmar, who runs Kempston Post Office, was elected by Conservatives to stand for mayor of Bedford Borough in the 2015 elections.

Nine-year-old Georgina Humphreys from Bedford was honoured by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust for her bravery following a 999 call she made when her diabetic mother Danielle was taken ill.

Flitwick hsuband and wife Charlotte and Gavin Taylor were the first married couple to be recruited at Center Paarcs new holiday resort Woburn Forest. Gavin took up the role of technical services stores controller while Charlotte became housekeeping supervisor.

The five-year restoration of Ridgmont Station House was completed with the building opening to the public again after more than four decades, transformed into a cafe, gift shop and tea room.




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