2021 has had no shortage of news and Wiltshire is no exception.

With 2022 just around the corner, we thought we would take a look back at some of our biggest stories of the year.

From Wiltshire pubs in need of new landlords to our very own "Ever Given" moments, there is not much that we haven't seen in 2021.

As we reflect on our most popular headlines of the year, we would like to wish you a very happy new year.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Cross Keys pub in Wiltshire. Credit: TripadvisorCross Keys pub in Wiltshire. Credit: Tripadvisor

Top 7 most read stories in Wiltshire in 2021

7. Six Wiltshire pubs in need of new landlords

Ever fancied running your own pub?

The pub trade wasn’t simple before the pandemic, and it won’t be back to true normality for some time.

But new landlords are needed to help rural pubs emerge and thrive as restrictions continue to ease.

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6. All the times Wiltshire had its own Ever Given moments

The week-long blockage of the Suez Canal by Ever Given as left people the world over with red faces.

Around £7bn of goods are being held up each day by the ship.

But what about the embarrassing nautical nightmares that have happened on Wiltshire's waterways?

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5. Coroner's court hears horrifying first hand accounts of A4 crash

An inquest into the deaths of three of the Derry Hill crash victims has heard they were still alive when their car left the A4 and burst into flames.

Wiltshire Coroner's Court has been told of desperate attempts by a passing lorry driver, a taxi driver and his passengers to help the young men.

They described hearing screams and shouts from the burning car, but were forced back because of the extreme heat.

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4. Three-year-old girl dies after collision with van in Calne

Police have confirmed a three-year-old girl died following an incident in a Calne cul-de-sac this afternoon.

In a statement they said: “Officers were called to Campion Close shortly after 12pm after a crash between a van and a pedestrian.”

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3. Puppy found dead on roadside in rural Wiltshire

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead puppy was found in a pet carrier that had been dumped beside a rural road in Wiltshire.

A member of the public found the puppy on Edington Road in Steeple Ashton at around 2.30pm on Monday (February 15) and contacted the animal welfare charity

The tan and white coloured female dog was discovered in a grey plastic animal carrier which had been discarded at the side of the quiet rural road.

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2. Influx of cars cause obstructions at popular walking route in Wiltshire

Police have issued a strict warning after people swarmed to a popular walking route this weekend.

Images show lines of cars parked on verges and causing obstructions near the Heaven's Gate Longleat walking route and surrounding area.

Longleat Safari Park, and its car parks that lead to the routes, are currently closed off to the public due to lockdown.

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1. Bromham Travellers say they want to 'be part of community' amid planning row

A Traveller family in Wiltshire, who face a hefty fine after a breach of planning regulation, have pleaded for "peace" and say they want to become part of the local community.

Land on New Road, in Bromham, has been subject to a number of planning applications in recent years, most of which have been refused by Wiltshire Council and dismissed by planning inspectors on appeal.

The Ward family, who are from the Traveller community, have defended their actions after a temporary stop notice was placed on the site in April, ""following unauthorised works to form a bund taking place,"" the council said.

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