Who can believe that 2014 is drawing to a close? It seems like only yesterday that we were putting together our blog looking back at 2013, how time flies eh? Well we’ve decided to try and make this a Sykes tradition so we put our heads together to think up some of the best moments of 2014 and let me tell you, it was hard to narrow them down. We’ve had sporting highs (and lows), astonishing attractions and even an eye-wateringly hot summer. So have a look and see what you think of the Sykes look back at 2014.
Sport in 2014
It would be a bit of an understatement to say that 2014 was a good year for sport in Britain. First of all we had the Tour de France’s grand depart which was held in Yorkshire this year. Then of course there was the Football World Cup in Brazil, but I think the less said about that the better… However it was a different story north of the border! What with Gleneagles hosting yet another European victory in the Ryder Cup and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games proving to be a hit it was quite the year for Scottish sport! And who could forget the Winter Olympics? It turned out to be the most successful campaign for Team GB with Lizzy Yarnold winning gold in the Skeleton and Jenny Jones winning Britain’s first ever medal on the snow!
Of course the only place to start here would be the countless events scheduled to honour of the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. The exhibit put on at the Tower of London proved to be one of the most poignant and powerful memorials to all those who lost their lives in the war with 888,246 ceramic poppies being placed in the castle’s moat, each honouring a fallen member of the British Armed Forces. More than 5 million people visited the Tower to pay their respects which made it the most popular attraction in the UK and the sixth most popular in the whole world.
2014 also saw a couple of major milestones in the cultural calendar. It was 450 years since the birth of arguably Britain’s biggest literary figure, William Shakespeare, and it would also have been the 100th birthday of the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, the writer of many pieces of seminal twentieth century poetry and prose.
The Hottest Year on Record?
I’m sure that we can all remember reading about how this summer was due to be unusually warm, but unless this December finishes up being an abnormally cold one 2014 will become the hottest year on record! This means that since the average temperatures started to be collected (back in 1772 in case you were wondering) it’s never been warmer. And didn’t we all make the most of it? Barbecues, ice creams and of course trips to the seaside, 2014 really taught us how good a British summer can be!
So that’s that, another year gone. But what a year it was! Hopefully you’ll agree with our choices for the highlights of 2014 but if you have any suggestions then let us know. You can get in touch either over Twitter or Facebook, and remember to keep your eyes peeled as every month in 2015 we’ll be taking a look at some of the best bits coming up!