OVER the course of 2020, more people have visited the Droitwich Standard website than ever before and we have had an increase of almost 70 per cent on the number of page views in 2019.
From January 1 to now, almost 300,000 have read stories on our site – amounting to 2.1million views – last year the figure was 1.3million.
The best-read story – and the best-read across all of our papers in Worcestershire and Warwickshire – revealed the permanent closure of the Chateau Impney Hotel in April.
As you would expect, Covid-19 articles proved popular – from problems with supermarket deliveries early on in the lockdown to our photographer’s pictures of Droitwich in lockdown (March 25).
The pandemic also brought with it positive stories too – we covered the district’s community response to the crisis, led by Droitwich CVS and featuring other groups, the wonderful rainbow artwork and Clap for our Carers to honour frontline and key workers.
A poignant story was the tribute to much-loved former mayor Shaun Best who passed away in May.
Crime articles were also among the top stories, including the murder of Desmond Wooding in Vines Lane and three people arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a police pursuit.
Among the other positive well-read stories were the Historic Droitwich farmhouse with Henry VIII links set to be saved and converted to affordable housing and Droitwich nurse SJ on a high after being chosen for Coronavirus-themed artwork.
We want to thank all of you – our readers – for your support over the past 12 months and wish you a happy and healthy new year.
We look forward to bringing you all the latest news, sport, lifestyle and entertainment in what will hopefully be a brighter 2021.