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 shieldsgazette.com:
3) Body found in South Shields – street sealed off – 76,393
5) Family’s shock at text message from dead gran – 21,232
6) Horse killed and rider injured in crash with car – 20,586
8) Driver found dead at bottom of cliffs – 18,902
9) Shields roof-fall man dies in hospital – 18,757
Five of our favourite stories from 2014: