Click on the links to look back on a big year, with the airport development, international cricket success, and turmoil in the media.
Basil Read staff arrived to start work on the airport, the housing shortage was worsening, the UK increased its aid grant by 13%, an urgent appeal was made for bone marrow donors, the island’s water supply was infected by bacteria, and outgoing education chief John Sullivan warned of poor schooling. And in the media, the St Helena Herald closed, The Sentinel was launched, and the St Helena Independent closed, all in the space of 22 days.
The Honeymoon Chair was wrecked, St Helena’s cricketers won international glory, the St Helena Independent was reborn, plant saviour George Benjamin died, work began on the airport haul road, students were left without maths teachers, Edie Timm was awarded an MBE, plans were unveiled for “the world’s greenest hotel”, and Saints celebrated St Helena Day and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The airport supply ship became the first ever to dock at St Helena; a campaign began to encourage young people to work in traditional industries; Ivy Ellick announced an ambition to restore the lost spire of St James’s Church; new smoking restrictions came into force; the opening of the new airport haul road was marked by a bright flash that knocked out the island electricity supply; and scientists photographed previously-unseen marine life around Ascension.
A by-election drew a tiny proportion of voters; zombies took over High Knoll Fort; Shelco warned that without flights from Europe, its planned eco resort could not succeed; one of the RMS St Helena’s engines had to be repaired at sea; Saint FM and Radio St Helena ceased broadcasting within days of each other; a yacht was dismasted in the Governor’s Cup race; and on Ascension, Caz Yon was awarded an MBE.