2013 was a year to remember. We’ve had a fantastic year here at Sykes Cottages; we were rated ‘Excellent’ by Trip Advisor for the third year running, we surpassed our target of making 100,000 bookings and we won a prestigious British Travel Award. To celebrate such an exciting year, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane and taken a look back at Britain’s highlights of 2013.
Sports Success in 2013
Exactly a year ago today, we were reminiscing about the sporting prowess of 2012. After our success at the Olympics and Paralympics, and Bradley Wiggins becoming the first ever Brit to win the Tour de France, who would have thought that 2013 would have been able to compete? However, it held its own. In July, Andy Murray became the first British male to win Wimbledon in 77 years and in September, Justin Rose was the first Englishman to win the US Open. The England football team qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and love him or loathe him, Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager of Manchester United after 26 years. Britain also had its second successive victory in the Tour de France as Chris Froome won the 100th edition of the tournament in July.
An Addition to the Royal Family
On 22nd July 2013, amidst much excitement and anticipation, we welcomed Prince George Alexander Louis into the world as the future heir to the British throne. Prince George stands third in line to the throne, after his grandfather, Prince Charles and father, Prince William. Only once prior to the birth of Prince George has the reigning monarch been able to stand in a room with three future monarchs; the only previous monarch to have done this was Queen Victoria in 1894 and so Prince George’s arrival was a fascinating moment in history as well as an exciting event for everyone here in the UK. In 2013 it was also announced that Zara Phillips, the second eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth and godmother of Prince George, was expecting a baby in early next year.
50th Anniversary of Doctor Who
2013 marked the 50th anniversary of one of the UK’s most popular and long-running TV shows, Doctor Who. Over 10 million people in the UK tuned in to see the special 50th anniversary episode which was aired in November. The episode was aired simultaneously in 94 countries, breaking the Guinness World Record for “the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama”. Everywhere from Russia to Ethiopia, Doctor Who fans enjoyed the episode, named ‘The Day of the Doctor’ which was also shown across 1,500 cinemas in 3D.
200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice
2013 was also the anniversary of a story which has captured the hearts and minds of the nation for 200 years. First published in 1813, Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is one of Britain’s most famous and well-loved novels and the anniversary was enthusiastically celebrated across the country. Events included a ‘readathon’, a period costume ‘Netherfield Ball’, various exhibitions and workshops, and special Pride and Prejudice tours of both the locations that inspired Jane Austen and the locations used in the 1995 BBC TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, which starred Colin Firth as Mr Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. As a novel, Pride and Prejudice has withstood the test of time, appealing to readers of all ages and backgrounds and hopefully will continue to do so for the next 200 years!
From everyone here at Sykes Cottages, we hope you have also had a brilliant 2013 and would like to wish you all the very best for the New Year. If you’re looking to get away in 2014 then please take the time to visit our website, www.sykescottages.co.uk where you will find over 4000 fantastic holiday cottages across the UK and Ireland for you to choose from.