The Shields Gazette’s most read stories of 2014

Lola Saunders on the X Factor.
Lola Saunders on the X Factor.

WHILE 2014 saw some tough times for South Tynesiders, from personal tragedy to blows for the town such as the closure of Marks & Spencer, there was some good news too.

Our Lola Saunders appearing on X-Factor, more musical success with online hit duo May Arcade and massive improvement works completed at South Shields seafront were among the positive stories to make the headlines.

Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United have provided plenty of entertainment and drama – on and off the pitch, and we’ve enjoyed writing about all of those who have won awards.

But there has been sadness and tragedy, and at this time of year our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones or suffered hardship or tragedy during 2014.

In come cases your response has been incredible, whether it’s by sending messages of support, fundraising or doing good deeds, and will have been of some comfort to those in need.

Now 2015 is looming and we hope the new year is going to be a great one.

The ten most read news stories on

1) Woman dies and man arrested after Jarrow Road crash – 78,252

2) Gang try to drag woman into car from Jarrow street – 49,539

3) Body found in South Shields – street sealed off – 76,393

4) Teen remains in critical condition after sunbed accident – 24,338

5) Family’s shock at text message from dead gran – 21,232

6) Horse killed and rider injured in crash with car – 20,586

7) Fake police gang took £25,000 from mother of genuine officer – 21,256

8) Driver found dead at bottom of cliffs – 18,902

9) Shields roof-fall man dies in hospital – 18,757

10) ‘Cocky’ teenager who raped six-year-old boy is jailed for five years – 17,787

Five of our favourite stories from 2014:

1) WATCH: Jarrow girls become internet sensation with Geordie version of All About That Bass

2) Lola’s family say she’s done them proud on X Factor

3) South Shields food festival pulls in thousands

4) Thousands see new £6million seafront promenade

5) Whitburn C of E Academy gets £1.9m go-ahead for sixth form