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26th Jan, 2022

As new year approaches, we look back at our best-read Droitwich Standard stories of 2021

AS 2021 comes to a close, we look back at the year and the most popular stories on our Droitwich Standard website.

We have loved bringing you all the latest news, sport and entertainment over the past 12 months and the interaction with our readers during the past year – both on our website and on social media.

Since January 1, more than 270,000 people have logged onto the Droitwich Standard website, with almost 1.5million page views.

As is probably true in the national news, our best-read stories have been dominated by Covid-19 – whether it be about vaccination centres or the latest news and figures on the different variants.

Stories involving the emergency services also continue to be popular, along with our Worcestershire County Council election coverage.

But there have been plenty of others which have caught your attention.

Our best-read – with more than 75,000 views – was a piece about a driver who had his car seized by quick-acting police officers in Wychbold 20 minutes after he bought it. Click below to see it.

Car seized by police in Wychbold – 20 minutes after driver bought it

Another popular one was the ambitious plans for the Chateau Impney Hotel and Estate which closed its doors last year. The proposals received overwhelming positive feedback from both residents and visitors who want to see the Chateau back where it belongs. Click below to read up on that.

Planning application for Droitwich’s Chateau Impney and Impney Estate after ‘overwhelmingly positive’ consultation feedback

Likewise, there was a lot of interest in the ambitious plans for the Raven Hotel unveiled in February. You can remind yourself of that story below.

Ambitious plans revealed for Droitwich’s Raven Hotel site at virtual meeting

In January there was a lot of concern about Witton Middle School which fell victim to a huge fire – it took 30 firefighters to battle the blaze. Click below to see that story.

More than 30 firefighters battled severe blaze at Droitwich primary school

Tributes were paid to former Droitwich councillor Peter Pinfield who died in January. You can see our obituary to him below.

Tributes paid to former Droitwich councillor and Healthwatch chair Peter Pinfield who has died, aged 73

And – with 2021 being the year of the delayed Beijing 2020 Olympics – we had some success in the pool through 18-year-old Matt Richards who took gold along with his team mates in the 4 x 100m relay.

Droitwich’s 18-year-old swimmer Matt Richards wins Olympic gold in Tokyo as part of Team GB’s 4x200m relay team

It certainly has been a very eventful 2021 and promises to be another busy one in 2022.

Thanks to all of our readers and advertisers for your support over the past 12 months.

From us all at the Droitwich Standard, have a very happy new year!

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