Review of the Year: December

This Is Local London: A pilgrim with the fragment of the True Cross A pilgrim with the fragment of the True Cross

In December, hundreds of pilgrims descended on Harrow for the arrival of a Christian artefact believed to be a piece of the cross used to crucify Jesus.

The fragment of the True Cross, recognised by Catholic and Greek Orthodox movements, appeared at the Holy Church of Saint Panteleimon and Saint Paraskevi, in Kenton.

The sacred object was flown over from Jerusalem with its own security team by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in central London for a UK-wide tour.

During the day there were a series of services by priests who flew over from Greece especially for the event, while worshippers travelled from as far as Kent to touch, kiss and pray in front of the relic.

December was also the month when an application to turn Whitchurch Playing fields, in Stanmore, into a town green was turned down.

Harrow Borough Council’s licensing panel turned down the application by campaigners who want to save the site from being developed on.

Despite the setback, leader of the group Melanie Lewis vowed to continue her fight to save the fields.

It was also the month one of the world’s leading brands for photography announced it would continue manufacturing in Harrow.

Kodak has been in the borough for 123 years and in December announced it would continue to operate in Harrow with the possibility of expanding in the future.

Despite being threatened with bankruptcy, the company responsible for the Harrow site has been re-launched as Kodak Alaris, after breaking away from the American arm of the business.

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