FROM the discovery of a bomb to the miracle of a disabled toddler walking, Hunts Post photographer Helen Drake selects her favourite picture from August 2009. In August a diver clearing rubbish from the River Great Ouse in St Ives made a shock discovery

FROM the discovery of a bomb to the miracle of a disabled toddler walking, Hunts Post photographer Helen Drake selects her favourite picture from August 2009.

In August a diver clearing rubbish from the River Great Ouse in St Ives made a shock discovery when he found an unexploded First World War mortar bomb.

Bomb disposal experts were called after Pete Wadsworth lifted the object from the river thinking it was an old car part.

He said: "I thought to myself, should I be holding this and what do I do with this now?"

The bomb was taken to a nearby field where a small controlled explosion took place.

During the same month, six-year-old disabled boy, Josh Jackson, who doctors said would never walk, amazed his parents by taking his first steps.

Josh from Warboys had been born with cerebral palsy. His dad, Harvey put him on the sofa while he was doing some DIY and turned round to see his son standing next to him with a big grin on his face. He had walked over four metres. Mr Jackson who had just celebrated his 40th birthday, said it was the best present he could ever have. Josh's mum said his determination may have come from a desire to be like his brothers, Sam, nine, Joe eight and Alfie, then 20 months.

She said: "Josh would sit and watch Sam and Joe running around and Alfie learning to walk and you could see in his eyes that he wanted to be running around with them.