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In this week's Rewind! we don't journey back too far, only 5 years in fact, therefore most of you will be able to remember 2009. However, let's jog your memories by telling you what some of the talking points were from those 12 months.

We said goodbye to one of the most famous high street names as Woolworths closed the doors to all of their stores as the company went into liquidation. The 100 year old organisation had 819 premises at one time during its peak. The year saw a tremendous amount of snow fall throughout January and February making driving conditions hazardous, however children with their sledges certainly enjoyed the extreme weather we experienced.

In the entertainment world, the 81st Academy Awards were held where the film Slumdog Millionaire claimed 8 gongs. However, when it came to taking money at the box office, it was massively in the shadows as the blockbuster picture Avatar racked up over $2.7bn worth of revenue worldwide.

To round off, two big sporting stories of the year consisted of Valentino Rossi winning the Moto GP Championship, and Roger Federer claiming his 6th Wimbledon title after beating Andy Roddick in an absolute epic. The final score was 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 in a match that broke the record for the longest Grand Slam final in history.

This year's European Car of the Year award was as close a contest as the Men's Wimbledon final. The prize was eventually won by the Vauxhall Insignia, but only by a single point ahead of the Ford Fiesta. The fact these two cars were head and shoulders above the competition showed how good they both were, and in an ideal world, both should have won.

The Insignia was introduced as the replacement for the 20 year old Vauxhall Vectra. It was available various engine sizes which meant it appealed to different customer groups. It was described as a car that offered 'premium values at an affordable price'. The driving quality was another area where the Insignia scored well, and it had a perfect balance between comfort and safety without being a boring car to drive.

The Insignia really is a cracking car and it needed to be to replace the very popular Vectra.

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