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11:11am Monday 31st December 2012 in In depth
Jordan Sullivan’s mother, Nicola Jobling, throws roses into the river close to the spot where he died
York soldier Rifleman Andrew Searle spoke about how he nearly died four times after being blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
The force of the blast blew off both his legs, and he also lost two fingers. Rifleman Searle, 19, from Woodthorpe, spent four and a half months in hospital before being transferred to a rehabilitation centre in Surrey, where he was undergoing physiotherapy and being fitted for prosthetic legs. “I am working towards walking again,” he told The Press.
A touch of X factor glamour came to York, in the person of Rebecca Ferguson, who performed to a sell-out audience at The Barbican.
There was some true Yorkshire grit, too, in the form of great-grandfather and oarsman Dick Bradley, who spent his 80th birthday doing what he loved best – rowing on the River Ouse. Little Jamie Clark also displayed a bit of Yorkshire spirit: he was so keen to get on with life his mum Helen gave birth in a layby on the A19 while dad Edward was driving her to hospital.
York City legend Alf Patrick received an invitation to receive Maundy money from the Queen at York Minster; time was called on York’s controversial ftr buses, which were taken off the city’s streets after six years; the Splash palace in parliament Street was demolished; Wheldrake-based Easigrass Yorkshire pulled off a publicity coup by driving a car covered in artificial grass around York; and the city gained a new attraction when Chocolate: York’s Sweet Story opened in King’s Square.
There was tragedy in March, too, however. The body of 19-year-old Jordan Sullivan was found in the River Ouse: his grief-stricken mother Nicola Jobling threw roses into the river in his memory, and paid a moving tribute to her ‘darling boy’ and best friend.
Parts of East Yorkshire were declared a drought zone.