Memorable moments of 2019

Laura White
Laura White

It is almost surreal to look back at all the issues we have produced this year.

The Moorlander has been all over the county, taking photos and reporting on news that concerns us all. Back at the beginning of the year, Devon County councillors were asked to consider St Boniface as the first Patron Saint of Devon.

Mel Stride continued his support for the Okerail project to link Okehampton to Exeter by rail.  In April we were nominated for the Campaign of the Year and Columnist of the Year in the Regional Press Awards and in May we kept up the coverage on the controversial plans to redevelop Hatherleigh Market.

As summer arrived, we attended all the shows, carnivals and festivals we could get to, including Ashburton, Moretonhampstead and Okehampton’s food festivals, Tavistock Goose Fair, Widecombe Fair, Bovey Tracey Carnival and Lustleigh Show. We reported on the Silver Spitfire leaving Goodwood in August and it’s return in December after flying round the world.
Individual councils, then Devon County Council, then Dartmoor National Park Authority all declared a climate emergency and Devon and Somerset Fire Authority declared their intentions in reducing the number of stations and fire appliances across the region.

We supported a call to DEFRA to help support the Dartmoor Pony and attended services to honour the fallen on Remembrance Sunday.
We have been blessed with the range of incredibly interesting and talented people we have interviewed, including Johnny Mercer MP, the rowing Marine Lee Spenser, historian Dr Ian Mortimer, head of the NFU Minette Batters and former royal correspondent Jennie Bond.

We have been honoured to share the magical photography of Myles Pinkney and have highlighted issues that affect our communities such as the isolation of farmers, domestic violence and stalking.

We now eagerly await what the next year will bring.