This year has been packed full of news with stories in Hereford from books to business.    

With 2022 just around the corner, we thought we would take a look back at some of our biggest stories of the year.

Whilst we share some of our top stories, we would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a happy new year.  

Here are our most popular stories from 2021. 

Top 7 most read stories in Hereford in 2021

7. SAS: Stories from the cookhouse at the elite regiment

A new book shines a unique and unusual light on the SAS, although its author never intended to write, let alone publish, this account of her three years working at the SAS camp.

"I didn't even think about it," says Monica Lavers, whose book, Geezers: On Camp with the SAS, a civilian's eye view of the SAS camp in Herefordshire, is published this month. "I didn't think it would be possible.

"However, The Secretary of the Defence and Security Media Advisory (DSMA) Committee explained that writing a book was not forbidden – a misunderstood part of signing the Official Secrets Act suggests that one can never, ever talk about the job but that wasn’t the case," says Monica.

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6. Richard Hammond films TV show in Hereford and opens new business

FORMER BBC Top Gear star Richard Hammond has been seen filming his new TV show in Hereford.

Now a presenter of Amazon Prime's The Grand Tour, Hammond opened his new business in Hereford on Saturday (August 28) as part of a new show.

Hammond, who lives in Weston-under-Penyard near Ross-on-Wye has been working on Richard Hammond's Workshop, a new show for Discovery+ UK where he'll open his own car restoration and repair business in Hereford.

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5. Herefordshire Boxing Day hunt 'threatened by small minority'

The traditional Boxing Day hunt meet in a Herefordshire town could be blocked this year, depending on the outcome of what is expected to be a heated meeting tomorrow night.

Ledbury Town Council’s clerk said it had received “a number of” emails and Facebook messages calling for it to prevent the Ledbury Boxing Day Hunt, by asking for the county council not to permit the necessary road closures.

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4. The helicopters seen over Herefordshire (including SAS Blue Thunder)

HEREFORDSHIRE may not be renowned for having busy skies, but there are still a lot of planes and helicopters which can be seen flying low over the county.

From elite SAS helicopters to futuristic Ospreys from others arms of the UK's armed forces, these are some of the aircraft which will have been spotted flying in the Herefordshire skies over the last 12 months.

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3. Hundreds call on employer to reinstate binman who kicked snowman

HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition calling on Herefordshire Council to reinstate a binman who destroyed a three-year-old boy's snowman.

The petition, which was launched by Tsvetan Tsvetkov on on January 28, had garnered more than 500 signatures by Friday lunchtime.

Although it is directed at Herefordshire Council the binman was actually employed by an agency.

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2. Dorstone Rave: Hardly a trace left by revellers

REVELLERS have been commended by Dorstone residents for tidying up their mess after an illegal rave.

The illegal rave took place in the Golden Valley on Vagar Hill on Saturday night.

Residents claimed that over 100 cars had been parked by people at the illegal rave.

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1. Watch: Binman loses job after kicking head off three-year-old boy's snowman

A BINMAN has been told he won't be working for Herefordshire Council again after he kicked the head off a snowman built by a three-year-old.

Sophie Taylor caught the man on CCTV as he destroyed her son Joseph's impressive snowman, saying his actions were "shocking".

When snow covered the county on Sunday (January 24), the snowman was built in Hampton Rise, Tupsley.

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