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LEWIS Hamilton went fastest for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes in first official practice for the controversial 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix.

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The Formula 1 driver from Hertfordshire set the pace in P1 around the Bahrain International Circuit.

He clocked a fastest lap of 1m 33.572s around the desert track near Sahkir, with Red Bull Racing rival Sebastian Vettel second quickest on the timesheets.

Hamilton said over the McLaren radio: “The car’s not bad.”

Scot Paul di Resta, who is managed by Lewis’ father Anthony Hamilton, was third in the session for Force India and 2012 Chinese Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg fourth for Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton factfile

* Car 4: Lewis Hamilton

* Age: 27 (January 7, 1985)

* GPs: 93

* Wins: 17

* Poles: 22

* Fasest Laps: 11

Hamilton’s McLaren colleague Jenson Button was fifth in P1 with a 1m 34.277s.

The fire at Bridgefoot Quarry is expected to burn for the next seven days.

A county councillor has claimed that the large wood recycling plant near Melbourn which continues to burn out is a drain on the public purse.

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Back row left to right Don's daughter-in-law Lee Ann West, Melbourn county councillor Susan van de Ven and Melbourn district councillor Val Barrett. Front row Southwell Court resident Don West and Melbourn district councillor Jose Hales.

The group which is closing a care home in Melbourn has been accused of dishonest behaviour by concerned councillors.

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Sean Williamson as Abanazer

The costumes are ready, the cast is rehearsed, and tomorrow night the curtain goes up on this year’s panto production at Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre.

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Meridian School performed Spamalot over the weekend.

Monty Python humour was brought to the packed-out audiences of Royston with Meridian School’s musical production of Spamalot over the weekend.

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