Brian Cox, McFly and Sir Henry made 2013 headline news

Hundreds turned out for a memorial service for Sir Henry Cecil.
Hundreds turned out for a memorial service for Sir Henry Cecil.

The second half of 2013 saw popular television physicist Professor Brian Cox agree to become a joint patron of a fund set up following the Journal’s campaign to honour wartime codebreaker Bill Tutte.


• The winners of the Newmarket Carnival princess competition were announced this month. Emma Banner, ten, was named Carnival Princess, while Hayley Swygart, nine, and ten-year-old Grace Fussey were her attendants. The carnival royalty led a parade of floats through Newmarket on the day.

• An independent report, published by the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, set out ten vision statements aimed at improving Newmarket’s High Street, public open spaces and travel routes. It was the result of three months of discussion involving residents, the racing industry, potential developers and town retailers, and was funded by Suffolk county, Forest Heath district and Newmarket town councils.


• Pop band McFly celebrated ten years at the top of pop in Newmarket at the summer’s final meeting at the July Course. Before putting on a spectacular concert, the four-piece took time out to present the trophies to the connections of Tropics, the winner of the Stobart Members Club Hopeful Stakes

Brian Cox and Jerry Roberts

Brian Cox and Jerry Roberts


• One thousand people gathered to remember Sir Henry Cecil at a service of celebration of the racing legend’s life at Ely Cathedral. The racing world and the public said a final farewell to the greatest trainer of the modern era, including leading owners, trainers, jockeys, breeders, stable staff and racing fans.

• The second Betfair-sponsored Newmarket Open Day took place this month, giving racing fans a glimpse behind the scenes of the industry. There were opportunities to visit the various yards, watch a plating display and listen to talks. The highlight for many was a football match between a team of jockeys, managed by TV presenter Jeremy Kyle, and a team of trainers, managed by former Newcastle United striker Micky Quinn.


• Footie fan, and former Newmarket College student, Adam Burns announced plans to walk to the 2014 World Cup for charity. Adam, 27, who also played for Newmarket Town football club, will be walking 1966km across South America, arriving in Brazil for the start of the World Cup on June 12 next year. They will be raising money to buy a water well in Bahia, in northest Brazil, which is suffering its worst drought in over 50 years

• Popular television physicist Professor Brian Cox agreed to become a joint patron of the Bill Tutte Memorial Fund - set up following the Journal’s campaign for a permanent memorial to commemorate the World War Two codebreaker, whose achievements in cracking the Nazi Lorenz code shortened the war by two years.


• Kind-hearted residents in Newmarket, Soham, Mildenhall and the surrounding village rallied to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Within one week of their appeal, published in the Journal, they had received 50 responses and collected enough items to fill about 17 boxes.

• A Newmarket medical practice went on a journey of discovery into the medical care of the past, which revealed 300 years of the town’s history. The Rookery Medical Centre traced its origins back to well before the NHS, antibiotics, or even the medical register when medical practitioners were surgeon-apothecaries with no medical qualifications.


• Property developer Bill Gredley served up plenty of Christmas cheer during the annual Gredley Lunch. Seven hundred pensioners enjoyed a lunch at Tattersalls an early Christmas gift of a winter warming blanket.