Lucky Lucy thanks to News readers

YOU have made us laugh, you have made us cry, and you have made us proud.

It was a year of extremes with huge highs like the local celebrations for the royal wedding and a royal visit all of our own when Princess Anne came.

Initial lows included deep concern about Heanor town centre’s fate, after a rash of shop closures. We at the News were equally worried and launched our Staying Alive campaign to help promote trade in the area. By the end of the year all the concerned parties had joined forces and there is now a strong effort to improve Heanor.

In Ripley, people power saw a campaign against plans for a new superstore on the edge of town, with concerns it might damage trade in Ripley town centre. Hundreds of you have so far signed petitions.

In lighter news you took Lucy the collie-crossbreed dog to heart after we told her story about how her owner had died and she was due to be put down unless a new home was found – which was after dozens of you phoned saying you would take her on.

Next year will no doubt be another incredible year for our area – we have the Olympics and Euro 2012 for starters, which local people are sure to be celebrating in style.