Review of the Year: January

WE STARTED where we are now. In the cold.

The Bomb Squad came to town on January 4th as they detonated a suspect package in Grays High Street. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the first of many high profile visitors to DP World London Gateway in Stanford-le-Hope. Councillors were criticising Basildon hospital (and continue to do so);

Chafford Hundred school was declared the most improved school in the United Kingdom. Rape crisis organisation (SERRIC) thanked Hollywood star and Grays boy, Russell Brand for making a donation to their silver jubilee celebrations.

Steve and Lyn Haynes left the Orsett Hall Hotel after many years in charge. Councillor Yash Gupta was awarded with “Citizen of the Year” in a national ceremony.

There was tragedy in Stanford as popular teenager James Carley died in a car crash on the A13. The bin men were revolting.

The Thurrock Council planning committee became the subject of scrutiny and controversy as the leading London QC was brought into a private session where he “counselled” the committee on a number of planning decisions.

Tattoo John was worried about his gas bill!

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