HERE is our look back at 2008. Be sure to check back on www.huntspost24.co.uk to see how the rest of the year unfolded. A THATCHED cottage was destroyed after high winds blew power lines onto the building and

HERE is our look back at 2008.

Be sure to check back on www.huntspost24.co.uk to see how the rest of the year unfolded.

A THATCHED cottage was destroyed after high winds blew power lines onto the building and set it alight. The family home in the High Street, Hemingford Abbots, was razed after 70mph winds blew a tree on to the power lines.

CROWDS turned up at Huntingdon High Street to watch the annual pancake races. Over 40 pupils from Spring Common School in Huntingdon also turned up to take part.

SOMERSHAM residents oppose plans for a Gypsy site on land north of the Paddocks, off Chatteris Road. The parish council recommended that Huntingdonshire District Council should refuse permission to allow six caravans on the site.

KIMBOLTON celebrated Chinese New Year with an oriental lion dance. Over 200 onlookers turned up to watch the spectacle outside the Wriggly Dragon Chinese restaurant.

VANDALS destroyed a tree trail in a Huntingdonshire village within 24 hours of it being planted. Around 30 trees were planted along Ford End in Hail Weston as part of the village's first biodiversity project, but by the following evening over 20 trees had been damaged.

A SPATE of Oxmoor arson attacks resulted in a pharmacy going up in flames. The blaze began in a wheelie bin on February 9, and spread to the pharmacy, part of a GP practice that cares for 10,000 Huntingdon patients.

SOMERSHAM author Michael K Robinson released a new sci-fi novel A Treatise on a Small Blue Planet. The book is a satire about an alien invasion. Mr Robinson said he was inspired by A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

ST Neots commuters were furious to find fixed-penalty notices on their cars after coming home from work. The commuters had been using the same spots for two years without any problems. Leslie Rhymer, who works in London, said: "I will go to prison before I pay this fine." The fines were later dropped.

AN anti-homophobia poster campaign was vandalised with red paint. The Huntingdon billboard read "Some people are gay, get over it."

A ST Neots boy featured in BBC crime television drama Ashes to Ashes. Zac Mahrouche, 10, was transported back to the 1980s for his part in the show.

NEW flight paths were unveiled with plans for Luton-bound aeroplanes to queue over Huntingdonshire villages around St Neots. Planes would circle at a minimum of 6,000 feet, creating a ground noise of 60 decibels, the same as a busy office.

WORKERS fled a vehicle repair shop when a fire broke out. They had to cut through a fence to escape the blaze at Trackwood Services vehicle repair building in Eaton Socon on February 27. All the employees escaped safely but firefighters were knocked down when gas cylinders exploded.