WE thought we would have a look at some of the stories that we published over the year of 2012.
Horndon’s economic guru, Andrew Sentance was bestowed with a CBE.
Labour began the year protesting against rail fares. And they ended the year doing the same.
Essex Police had the flag stolen from Grays police station.
A “Good” report for Bonnygate primary from Ofsted.
The first murmurings of Petroplus were in trouble started. By the middle of the year, they would close.
A report exposed how few Thurrock students went on to university. Only thirty students went to the Russell Group of universities compared to 1963 from Surrey.
We said farewell to young Bridie Philpott from Chadwell who was struck down with Batten’s Disease at a very young age.
We also said farewell to Ryan Marven who died after an accident in Thailand.
The year also started with murmurs of computer glitches and not all well with the finance dept at the council. It ended the year with the same stories.
Housing repairs giant, Morrison appeared confident after talks with Thurrock Council. The council withdrew a months payment. The company would be bought out at the end of the year.
There was an arson attack in a Tilbury scrapyard.
Former William Edwards student, Paul Turner became a star on the Dutch version of The Voice.
Peacocks closed their stores in Lakeside and Grays.
Unilever went on strike.
There were 135 18-24 year olds signing on in Thurrock in January 2011. This has increased to 265 in December 2011.
The Tilbury community turned out to celebrate Pete Hewitt’s OBE.
The first gaffe of the year was made by Stephen Metcalfe’s aide, Luke McKenzie.
Three years for a Chadwell man after a siege at Orsett Hall Farm.
The battle to try and retrieve something for Petroplus continued with MEP, Richard Howitt at the forefront.
Thurrock was chosen for an EU referendum. It was to be called the People’s Pledge.
With budget discussions, the Tories centered on council leader, John Kent calling him: “shallow, deplorable and a hypocrite.”.
Parliament noted that both Thurrock MPs voted for the “biggest cuts to the police funding for a generation.”
The lack of visibiity of Ockendon councillor, Aaron Kiely started to become something of an issue.
Tributes were made to Ian Abercrombie, who was raised in Chadwell but became a Hollywood star.
Purfleet schoolboy Zacy Avery made the nationals after it was reported that the primary school boy was living life as a girl.
The chief exec of Grays Athletic was arrested over an investigation into football violence. (The case continues. Swallow denies the charge.).
Thurrock MP. Jackie Doyle Price stepped in after Labour MP, Eric Joyce, assaulted a number of her staff.
Thurrock continued to appoint super-heads as Anthony Meltier was appointed head at Stifford primary.
The world’s media descended on Tilbury as a fire struck the power station.
Tories continued to assail Labour, calling the budget “dishonest.”
Falklands war vet, John Jenkins was found dead in his Grays flat.
Grays Ath season had started so well, but they were now suffering defeat after defeat.
A man was tasered after a “siege” at the Pullman Tavern in Grays.
The boxing careers of Chadwell ABC’s Kieran Redding and Jack Healy continued to grow as they entered the UK top 10 for their age group.
Sericc make it to 10 Downing Street.
The council look to spruce up Grays Town Centre with the help of Mary Portas money.
Gateway Academy held a cultural celebration whilst Ockendon Academy had dozens of students at the Jack Petchey public speaking auditions.
The Olympic torch bearers for Grays were announced.
Grays school student, Kevin Komorah passed away.
The Tories continued on a tack that Labour planned to sell libraries.
Labour’s new tack on academies was “partnership working.”
Hassenbrook school was so proud that year seven student Anna Harvey was chosen to be torch bearer.
There was a consistent run of stories throughout the year from the council re asb. Fly tippers, litterers and noise polluters all appeared in stories.