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That Was The Year That Was

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The year of the Rio Olympic Games

The International Year of Pulses

The International year of Global


UK Life

Queen Elizabeth II was in her 64th year on the throne

The people of the UK voted 51%-48% to leave the European Union

As a result of the Brexit vote, David Cameron stepped down as Conservative Prime Minister and was replaced by Theresa May

The average Brit earned £27,456 and a new National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour was introduced

The house in Northern Ireland would set you back £124,000

A new car cost £21,000

And it would cost you £1.04 to put a litre of fuel in it

A pint of milk hit £1.59

A pint of beer was £3.10

The Ford Fiesta continued to be the UK's favourite car

McVities had the most popular advert of the year.

5.1% of the population is unemployed, the lowest figure for a decade.

Post-truth entered the dictionary, describing when popular opinion carries more weight than facts.

The must have Christmas gift was the video game, Skylanders Imaginators


Arlene Foster became Northern Ireland's first female leader

One lucky punter won a record £33 million on the UK Lottery

Gravesend experiences the hottest recorded day for over a century when the mercury hits 34 celcius in September. Just three days later there's flash flooding in a year of weather extremes.

This was the year we lost.....

From Music; David Bowie [Ziggy Stardust], Sir George Martin [Beatles Producer], Black, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake [Emerson, Lake and Palmer], Henry McCullough [Wings], Pete Burns [Dead or Alive], Bap Kennedy, Rick Parfitt [Status Quo], George Michael [Wham], Sir Jimmy Young [50s crooner and later DJ], Emile Ford [& the Checkmates], Viola Beach [band all killed in a car crash], Ed Stewart [former Radio 1 DJ]

From TV; Sir Terry Wogan [chat show host], Paul Daniels [Magician], Ronnie Corbett [The Two Ronnies], Denise Robertson [Daytime Agony Aunt], Victoria Wood [As Seen On TV], Jimmy Perry [writer, Dads Army], Andrew Sachs [Fawlty Towers], liz Smith [The Royle Family], Caroline Ahern [Mrs Merton], Sylvia Anderson [Thunderbirds]

From The Big Screen; Alan Rickman [Die Hard], Kenny Baker [Star Wars], Bert Kwouk [The Pink Panther]

From Sport; Dalian Atkinson [Premier League Footballer], John Buckingham [1967 Grand National winner on board Foinavon], Sammy Smyth [1949 two goal cup final hero; Wolverhampton Wanderers], Gary Sprake [1970s Leeds United keeper], Rough Quest & Comply Or Die (horses) [1996 & 2008 Grand National winners], David Pacey [1959 Luton Town cup finalist]

From The Arts: Richard Adams [author; Watership Down]

From Politics: Jo Cox [Murdered during the general election], Lord Parkinson [1980s prominent Tory cabinet minister]

Telly Addicts

The BBC dominated TV viewing figures this year with 31 of the top 40 most watched broadcasts being on the Beeb. And within that, one show stood out above all as editions of The Great British Bake Off occupied nine of the ten most watched shows on UKTV.

Almost 16 million people tuned into see if Jane Beedle, Candice Brown or Andrew Smyth would be crowned winner of the seventh series of the show.

The only other show in the top ten was episode two of the natural history documentary, Planet Earth II, with over 13 million viewers, making it the most watched natural history show for over a decade.

Strictly Come Dancing didn't feature in the top ten but dominated the top forty with thirteen episodes featuring in the most watched list with Ed Balls appearing to be the star attraction, if not the ultimate winner.

ITV's big hitters, X Factor and Britain's Got Talent failed to compete with the Beeb but overall, ITV's viewing figures went up, thanks largely to Coronation Street remaining the Nation's most popular soap. The biggest audience of the year came in the aftermath of Carla causing an accident that saw Tyrone's van demolish the Platt's Gannex. Almost 10 million people watched Carla leave and the discovery of a dead body under the Platt's floor.

It was a mark of the way TV had changed that the Sherlock News Years Day special, that took the show back from it's normal modern day setting to a Victorian era version, was the only drama in the top 40 most watched TV shows.

In the World of Streaming TV it was all about Game Of Thrones season six and particularly the Battle of The Bastards.

Saturday night at the Movies

The ten biggest box office hits in the UK of 2016 started before the New Year when Star Wars, The Force Awakens hit the cinemas at Christmas. Right from New Year's Day it went to #1 in the box office and would end the year as the tenth biggest movie. Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill reprised their roles as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker as this episode was set thirty years after the events of the first film. Daisy Ridley also made her Star Wars debut.

DC responded at Easter with the second installment of it's Extended Universe movies. The follow up to Man of Steel was Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice with Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman. It became the second biggest movie of the year to date before dropping to ninth by the end of the year.

Marvel's second blockbuster of the year hit the cinemas in June and was the thirteenth movie in their universe and the third in the Captain America series. Captain America: Civil War starred Chris Evans in the title role going to war with former friend, Iron Man. reprised by Robert Downey Jnr while Paul Bettany had a supporting role as Vision, an Avenger fighting with Iron man. It was the seventh biggest money making movie of the year.

The second biggest of the year to date, and fourth overall was Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo with Ellen DeGeneres in the title role as the fish with short term memory loss, Albert Brooks as Marlin, Nemo's overprotective Clown Fish dad and Idris Elba in a supporting role as Fluke the sea lion.

November saw the spin off prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them become the biggest film of the year to date With Eddie Redmayne as Newt Skemander, who gets into difficulty when one of his fantastic beasts escapes from his suitcase in New York, resulting in his being arrested by Auror, Tina Goldstein, played by Katherine Waterston

Marvel took over as biggest movie of the year in February with Deadpool, the eighth installement of the X-Men series, starring Ryan Reynolds in the title role. Morena Beccarin as his escort/fiancee and Ed Skerin as his the villain. It would end the year in 6th spot.

Disney claimed the #1 spot in April with it's live action/CGI remake of The Jungle Book with Bill Murray voicing Baloo the bear and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the panther who, between them befriend and protect a man cub lost in the jungle. It ended the year in fourth spot.

The first major summer holiday hit was The Secret Life of Pets with the voice of Louis C K as Max, A Jack Russell whose life is challenged when his owner brings a new dog, voiced by Eric Stonestreet, home. Steve Cogan had a small part as a Cockney sphinx cat. The movie became the ninth biggest hit of the year.

In September the third of the Bridget Jones films, Bridget Jone's Baby saw Rene Zellweger in the title role as she get's pregnant, not knowing if her ex husband, Colin Firth is the father or not. The Rom Com became the biggest movie of the year to date and ultimately ended in third spot.

The box office saved its biggest until last and ended as it started with a Star Wars film with the first of the anthology series, Rogue One, A Star Wars Story with Felicity Jones as Jyn, the young renegade and Diego Luna as Cassian, the Rebel Alliance captain.

Top of The Pops

UK top 40 hits of 2016
Drake Ft Wizzkid & Kyla
One Dance
Lukas Graham
Mike Posner
Calvin Harris Ft Rihanna
Zara Larsson
Chainsmokers Ft Halsey
Justin Bieber
Rihanna Ft Drake
Justin Timberlake
Can't Stop The Feeling
UK top 40 hits of 2016
Hymn For The Weekend
Kungs Vs Cookin' On 3 Burners
DJ Snake Ft Justin Bieber
Tinie Tempah Ft Zara Larsson
Girls Like
Shawn Mendes
Treat You Better
Alan Walker
Jonas Blue Ft JP Cooper
No Money
UK top 40 hits of 2016
Shawn Mendes
Calum Scott
Jonas Blue & Dakota
Major Lazer, Justin Bieber, Mo
Fifth Harmony Ft Ty Dolla Sign
Work From Home
Justin Beiber
Chainsmokers Ft Daya
Don't Let Me Down
Drake Ft Rihanna
Too Good
James Arthur
Say You Won't Let Go
Major Lazer Ft NYLA
UK op 40 hits of 2016
Twenty One Pilots
Gnash Ft Olivia O'Brien
Clean Bandit Ft Louisa Johnson
Weeknd Fy Daft Punk
Justin Bieber
Clean Bandit
Twenty One Pilots
Little Mix
Shout Out To My Ex
Snakehips Ft Tinashe & Chance

UK in Eurovision

In truth, all genuine hope of the UK winning Eurovision had long gone by 2016 as it was felt that even the most famous artist with the greatest song simply wouldn't get a vote. This year the UK sent a duo of former 'The Voice' UK contestants, Joe {Woolford} & Jake {Shakeshaft} from Wales. The duo did as good as any UK entry in performance but received maximum points from only the Maltese Jury and none from the televote in Eurovision's new 50/50 voting system. They finished 24th of the 26 finalists. It was a measure of the decreasing interest in the contest in the UK that the song failed to chart.

The contest courted controversy this year when won by Jamala for Ukraine with 1944, a song about Russian deportation of the Crimean Tartar population. It was argued that the song was in breach of Eurovision's rules on songs expressing political opinion and Russia protested at it's inclusion in the contest, which only served to help it to victory. The song failed to hit the top ten anywhere outside it's homeland and didn't chart at all in the UK


Leicester started the season as 5,000/1 outsiders to win the Premier League and yet sensationally confounded everyone to sit eight points clear of Tottenham, needing to win one of their remaining two games to clinch their first ever title. However, they would be crowned Champions without kicking a ball if Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea in their 36th of 38 games.

Internationally, it was Euro 2016 and England, Northern Ireland and Wales were all at the expanded finals.

England and Wales both made it out of the same group while Northern Ireland also secured one of the best third placed slots.

England were humbled by Iceland in the last sixteen while Wales ended Northern Ireland's participation before reaching the semi finals via a quarter final with Belgium.

Portugal ended the Welsh dream before stunning hosts, France in the Final.

Crystal Palace and Manchester United met at Wembley in a repeat of the 1990 Cup Final.

Manchester City were the last English team standing at the semi finals of the Champions League but lost 0-1 to Real Madrid, setting up a city derby final with Athletico. Welshman, Gareth Bale was a pivotal figure, seeing an effort cleared off the line for Real.

Grand National

Ridden by David Mullins

Trained by Mouse Morris

Owned by Gigginstown House Stud

Starting Price 33/1

Distance 6 Lengths

Also Ran
Starting Price
The Last Samuri
David Bass
8/1 Jt Fav
Second - 8 lengths
Vic's Canvas
Robert Dunne
Third - 2 lengths
Fourth - 19 lengths
Johnny Burke
Fifth - 1.75 lengths
Ucello Conti
Sixth - 11 lengths
Vieux Lion Rouge
James Reveley
Seventh - 14 lengths
Morning Assembly
Eighth - .5 length
Ninth - 9 lengths
Nick Scholfield
Tenth - 5 lengths
Le Reve
Harry Skelton
Eleventh - 7 lengths
Paul Moloney
Twelfth - A distance
Thirteenth - 14 lengths
Triolo d'Alene
Jeremiah McGrath
Fourteenth - 20 lengths
Just a Par
Fifteenth - 1 length
Many Clouds
8/1 JF
Sixteenth - Last
Did Not Finish
Starting Price
Hadrian's Approach
Unseated Rider - Fence 1
First Lieutenant
Fell- Fence 2
Richie McLernon
Fell- Fence 2
The Romford Pele
Trevor Whelan
Unseated Rider - Canal Turn 8
Rocky Creek
Pulled Up - Fence 12
Silviniaco Conti
Pulled Up - Fence 14
On His Own
Mr. Patrick Mullins
Fell - The Chair 15
Fell - The Chair 15
Gallant Oscar
Unseated Rider - Fence 18
Unseated Rider - Fence 19
Conor O'Farrell
Pulled Up - Fence 21
The Druid's Nephew
Denis O'Regan
Pulled Up - Fence 21
Home Farm
Pulled Up - Fence 21
Black Thunder
Pulled Up - Fence 21
Will Kennedy
Fell - Becher's Brook 22
Unseated Rider - Bechers Brook 22
Boston Bob
Pulled Up - Bechers Brook 22
Henry Brooke
Pulled Up - Bechers Brook 22
Wonderful Charm
Pulled Up - Canal Turn 24
Double Ross
Ryan Hatch
Pulled Up - Fence 26
Pulled Up - Fence 27
Unseated Rider - Fence 29
Saint Are
Pulled Up - Fence 30

GBR at the Rio Olympics

The Rio Olympics was Britain's most successful ever on foreign soil as they became the first nation ever to increase its medal tally in th games directly after hosting. Britain increased its medal tally for the fifth consecutive games, a record only Azerbaijan could match, albeit on a much smaller scale on their part. Britain also continued to be the only nation to have won a gold medal at ever modern summer games. Their twenty seven gold medals was bettered only by the United States but compared favourably to the Americans in terms of medals per Athlete.

Adam Peaty got the Gold Medal ball rolling in the pool, winning the men's 100m Breaststroke.

Britain had to wait another three days for Gold number two but once Joe Clarke struck in the men's K-1 slalom Canoe, the golds never stopped. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears quickly followed in the men's 3m synchronised springboard diving.

The men's team sprint cycling was a British institution and Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner ensured the gold stayed British for the third consecutive games. Kenny would go on to complete a gold medal treble in the Men's Sprint and Kirin.  Helen Glover and Heather Stanning then successfully defended their Women's Coxless Pair Rowing title. There was huge pressure on Alex Gregory, Constantine Louloudis, George Nash and Mohamed Sbihi to retain the Men's Coxless Four Rowing title for the fifth Olympics on the spin and they didn't disappoint. Back in the Velodrome, Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull secured the Men's Team Pursuit Cycling

Andy Murray retained his Men's Singles Tennis title and Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro followed suit in Indivdiual Dressage Equestrianism.

 Giles Scott won the Sailing Finn, Alistair Brownlee retained his Men's Triathalon title and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won the Women's 470 Sailing.

Jade Jones became the seventh London Champion on the team to retain her title in Women's 57KG Taekwondo and Nick Skelton on Big Star was the Champion in Individual Equestrian Jumping.

The sixteen strong Women's Field Hockey team were next to strike gold while Liam Heath followed up on a silver earlier in the games with gold in the Men's 200m K1 Canoeing while Nicola Adams became GB's eighth back to back Champion of the games in Women's Flyweight Boxing.
Three more golds followed the next day when the Men's Eight of Paul Bennett, Scott Durant, Matt Gotrel, Matt Langridge, Tom Ransley, Pete Reed, William Satch, Andrew Triggs Hodge and Phelan Hill rowed to coxed victory. Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott then followed that with a World Record display in the Women's Team Pursuit Cycling. Trott would go on and retain her Omnium title a few days later. The star of the GBR team, Mo Farah successfully defended his 10,000m Athletics title. He would go on to defend the 5,000m title a week later.

Britain's best day at the games was on August 14th when five gold medals started with Max Whitlock securing double gold in the men's Gymnastics Floor and Pommel Horse, Justin Rose won the first modern men's Individual Golf medal,

Great Britain's record breaking games saw 23 silver medals and 17 bronze medals awarded to British competitiors including eight to current or former Olympic Champions.

In Other Sport

Gary Anderson of Scotland won the PDC World Darts Championship while England won the World Cup. Britain cleaned up with all three titles going to England and Scotland in the World indoor Bowls Championship.

England dominated the Six Nations Rugby Championship, visiting France in search of their first Grand Slam for thirteen years and a good year for English Rugby included Saracens being crowned European Rugby Champions.

Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon Title in straight sets after looking beaten in the quarter final when two sets down. Later in the year he won the ATP Tour.

Chris Froome and Team Sky won the Tour De France.

Lewis Hamilton missed out on the F1 World title despite winning the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. Team mate Nico Rosberg finshes second in the race to be crowned World Champion. However, Hamilton faces criticism for not letting his team mate through when under pressure late in the race from competing team title rivals.

Danny Willett became a surprise Masters Golf Champion after a shock collapse from defending Champion, Jordan Spieth.

In Snooker, Leicester fan, Mark Selby clinched his second World title just as his Football team were winning the Premier League.

Ireland dominated the Epsom Derby with Harzand taking the crown.