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A ‘massive year ahead’ was the front page headline on our first edition of 2013 – and we weren’t wrong.

Locally there was the controversial plan to build a new Morrisons store on the outskirts of Ripley and in Hea nor a £4.5 million plan to renovate the old Derby College site at Mundy Street was unveiled.

Perfect Save: Heanor town Chairman John McCulloch and Secretary Keith Costello celebrate.

Perfect Save: Heanor town Chairman John McCulloch and Secretary Keith Costello celebrate.

And it came in a year when nationally there were plenty of sporting highs across the country - with Andy Murray’s nail-biting Wimbledon win and the Lions storming to victory in Australia among them.

There was also an Ashes victory to remember – and the recent loss to forget.

But 2013 was punctuated with tragedy also. The brutal death of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich shocked the nation in the early part of summer and devastating scenes came from the Philippines in November as typhoon Haiyan wreaked destruction.

It was another good year for the Royal Family, with the birth of a new prince. George’s arrival was celebrated locally too. But it wasn’t such a good year for the supermarket industry, when the ‘horse meat scandal’ broke. However locally shoppers flocked to our independant butchers to b uy their meat instead.

In 2013 we said goodbye to two political heavyweights. Margaret Thatcher remained just as much a controversial figure after her death earlier in the year.

And the world lost one of its great peacemakers – Nelson Mandela.

While there was huge sadness over the death of the former South African president, his passing was also in part cause for celebration as the world reflected on the great man’s deeds.

But what about locally?

Be sure to grab a copy of the Ripley and Heanor News, out Thursday, January 2, for the full rundown.

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