Review of the year: May

Bedford Blues v Newcastle Falcons.

Bedford Blues v Newcastle Falcons.

The granddaughter of a man who was murdered in his own home by intruders in front of his partner spoke out.

Nina Gill described her grandfather Sharif Demirsay as a ‘generous, kind and loving man’. The 19-year-old said: “This has devastated everybody and taken a huge part of our hearts away.”

Turkish Mr Demirsay was stabbed to death in front of his partner in his home in Vineyard Way, Kempston on May 14.

Four teenagers have since been charged with his murder.

Government Portas cash and the Bedford BID are improving Bedford High Street it was claimed even though a report had spelled doom for local shops. T

The report by the Centre for Retail Research found that despite the Portas Pilot scheme, in which Bedford received £50,000, the total number of UK stores will fall by 22 per cent over the next five years.

But a spokesman for the Bedford town team, which is responsible for spending the Portas Pilot money, claimed the cash had been a boost, together with 345,000 generated through a business levy. He said: “In the town as a whole we’ve seen this before. For every business that closes, one opens.”

Throughout 2013 we have been keeping readers informed of the progress on the new Center Parcs development at Woburn Forest.

In May the iconic Subtropical Swimming Paradise was beginning to take shape as 46 Glulam pieces - the longest in the UK at 70 metres - started to arrive. The laminated beams had made the 960-mile journey from just outside Vienna in Austria, where they are produced.

The centre is due to open in 2014.

We feature Multiple Sclerosis sufferers who said their chronic pain had been relieved thanks a new state of the art machine.

The new Action Potential Stimulation (APS) machine is being used by the MS Therapy Centre in Barkers Lane, Bedford, and they have seen a very positive response.

Miranda Olding, who is an MS specialist and nurse at the centre, said: “I want to make it clear that this is not a cure, but from our results it clearly does benefit some patients.”

A former Tory party member who believes David Cameron’s policies discriminate against men announced he would stand against Bedford & Kempston MP Richard Fuller at the next General Election. Mike Buchanan, who lived in Bedford for 20 years, has founded the Justice For Men and Boys, and the Women Who Love Them party.

Meanwhile Nadine Dorries MP regained the Conservative party whip after its withdrawal when she took part in TV show I’m A Celebrity.

Bedford Blues’ dreams of RFU Championship final glory came to an end as they slipped to defeat against Newcastle Falcons.

Trailing by nine points after the first leg, the Blues showed huge heart and spirit in the second leg in the North East but eventually sucuumbed 49-33 on aggregate against their high-spending opponents.

The ultimately ran a side that was expected to walk the league closer than they would have liked.




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