Best Read Stories of 2021 on Staffordshire Live

It’s been a very different year for many of us as covid hit the headlines again – but so much more has happened in the region that you probably forgot – and it wasn’t. not bad news either.

With bad weather, gasoline shortages, and even a few celebrity tours, it’s really been a busy old year with so many ups and downs it’s been a bit of a roller coaster.

Now that Christmas is over and 2022 is just around the corner, we thought it was a great time to calculate the numbers and see which stories have been read the most over the past year.

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As we look forward to the new year, just hope there will be a lot of happy and exciting new things to come after two years of covid headlines. We believe that good news is now well and truly expected.

We took a look at our top 10 stories from the past year to see what interested you the most.

Here is our list of titles:

1. Five plants that you absolutely don’t want to find in your garden

It’s a little unusual, but maybe show how much you love your gardens because it was the most read story of the year and dates back to June.

As gardeners took advantage of the good weather to come out at their best, a warning was issued regarding invasive plants.

Burton owners have been urged to be aware of the spread of these intruders right on their doorstep in an effort to help control them.

The full story is here for those who missed it here

2. Met Office reveals dates UK could be affected by snow

The first snowfall warning came on November 1, with forecasters saying it could hit the region by the end of the month – and they were right.

At the time, forecasters said they were increasingly confident of “winter downpours” between November 15 and November 29.

The snow actually came on Saturday November 27th and then again on Sunday causing the usual issues as people struggled to get out and get around – but we still love a little snow.

The story is here

3. Warning to motorists wishing to refuel this week

In September, gas stations found themselves running out of panic purchases after comments from a fuel manager about the supplies that led to drivers hitting gas stations.

For just over a week, there were unprecedented scenes as garages ran out of gas and diesel as cars lined up for hours to fill up. Brawls and arguments were also reported as anger heated up in the massive traffic jams.

As demand for fuel increased, a warning was issued that gasoline prices could rise by as much as 3 pence per liter. Garages in Burton and Swadlincote dried up, but the crisis passed in just over a week and supplies returned to normal.

Read the full story here.

4. Urgent warning for anyone still holding a red UK passport

As Britain left the UK after Brexit, a warning was issued for those planning to travel abroad in August.

Changes have been made to the validity of the red European passport, which could lead to headaches at the airport.

A new blue passport model with the lettering ‘BRITISH PASSPORT’ was released after the UK voted to leave the EU, replacing the red passport which referred to the UK as a member of the EU, that people will receive as their elders wear out. .

Learn more about the changes here

5. David Beckham and Victoria Beckham spotted in Repton

Megastars David and Victoria Beckham caused a stir when they visited Repton School in south Derbyshire in October to watch their son Cruz play football.

Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England footballer Becks is said to have left spectators in awe as he was pictured at the pitch in a flat cap, sitting in a retractable seat, with his wife Posh – who wore a cap – protecting it from the rain with an umbrella.

Read what people thought of their visit here

6. Dream Airbnb Vacation in Cornwall Leaves Family in Shock After Massive Price Hikes

Shelley and James Keeble recounted their summer vacation nightmare after booking a dream trip to Cornwall with their son Myles a year in advance.

The family booked a property on St Ives’ beautiful seafront, paying £ 1,638 for a week through Airbnb, but that quickly changed.

The property they had booked in had changed owners and they decided to re-let it for £ 650 more than the family had paid.

Find Out What Happened Next Here

7. These holidays should be removed from the green list

When it came to booking a vacation abroad this year, it was always a risk to find out what was going to change while you were there because of the covid.

In August, a time when children were traditionally taken during school holidays, different countries were subject to a traffic light system with different restrictions, ranging from redder to less green.

Towards the end of the month, more countries were to switch to amber and red, which meant a change in covid rules once they returned.

Read the story here

8. Where to get fuel as queues form at gas stations

In September, gasoline was the only topic of conversation as station forecourts across the country dried up and Burton and South Derbyshire were no exception.

As drivers began to despair, many gas stations reported queuing for miles as soon as they received a delivery. So it was no wonder that people were checking our live blog for where the fuel was.

Read the full story here

9. Millions of people entitled to additional benefits paying over £ 600 per month

News that millions of people were entitled to an extra benefit that could earn them more than £ 600 a month made headlines in September.

It was a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) provided between £ 23.70 and £ 152.15 per week. He gets paid every four weeks and helps those who have difficulty with their daily chores and getting around their homes and that was good news for many.

Learn more here

10. 9 Best Worst Places to Live in Staffordshire

Knowing where the best and worst places to live are in your county is always helpful if you are moving. The Staffordshire list therefore proved to be vital reading in March.

Burton and Stafford were ranked among the best places to live in Staffordshire in a study by Garrington, a property search company, which ranked over 1,300 UK cities to find the best areas to buy a home.

Burton ranked very high in all areas, ranking 351 out of 1,372 cities and towns in total. But the quaint village of Barton-under-Needwood was on the other end of the spectrum, ranking 1,128 on the list.

Read the full story here

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