Worthing's top stories of 2018 in pictures

As we begin 2019, we are taking a look back at the Worthing Herald's biggest stories of last year.

Wednesday, 2nd January 2019, 10:07 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:27 am
The so-called 'Worthing Wheel' which arrived over the Easter period proved a big hit with residents, despite the bad weather - and readers could not get enough of footage of the attraction taken by a drone. The wheel was so successful, in fact, that it could be coming back to Worthing seafront for three years.

Read on for the top 12 articles which captured your imaginations in 2018. For the full stories, copy the caption next to each picture and search for it in Google.

After months of debate and campaigning, councillors voted to approve an Ikea store and 600 homes at New Monks Farm in Lancing at a meeting in October
Michael Shiel, the landlord at The George and Dragon, Tarring, and The Black Horse, Findon, died unexpectedly in November - and the town came out in force to pay tribute to him
Katie Cooper, 26, and Danny Smith, 36, were among many soon-to-be-married couples who found out in August that their wedding reception at the Highdown Hotel had been cancelled when they saw posts about it on Facebook
In January, this was one of the Herald's most-read stories. Cheryl Oliver, 54, and Graham Phillips, 46, from Walberton Court in Wallace Avenue, West Worthing, were at their wit's end after their toilet was blocked for a week. It went viral on Twitter, with news outlets including Buzzfeed tweeting about it.
The Beast from the East struck in late February, with Worthing seafront being covered in snow.
The popular Highdown Tea Rooms in Highdown Rise, Worthing, closed out of the blue in June. Donna Lewington, 53, ran the Highdown Tea Rooms for 12 years and said she was 'devastated'.
A young mum from Goring who lied about having cancer and faked bank statements so she could steal more than 130,000 from her loving family was jailed in October. The story was the most-read of the year on the Worthing Herald website.
Ten flats and five shops were badly damaged after a large fire tore through a building opposite the Thomas A Becket pub in Rectory Road, Worthing, in August
Worthing hosted its first-ever LGBT+ pride event in July, with thousands of people flocking to the seafront to watch the parade and attend the celebrations in Beach House Grounds.
A father who lost his sons in the Grand Canyon helicopter crash thanked them for their love in an emotional prayer service attended by hundreds of people in February. St Matthew's Church in Tarring Road, Worthing, was inundated with well-wishers and friends and family of Becky Dobson, 26, her boyfriend Stuart Hill, 30, and Jason Hill, 31, who lost their lives when a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon during a once in a lifetime holiday to celebrate Stuart's 30th birthday.
After years as an eyesore in Worthing town centre, the last standing piece of the multi-storey car park at Worthings Teville Gate was demolished in June. Worthing Borough Councils contractors Hughes and Salvidge have completed the work after 20 weeks.
The so-called 'Worthing Wheel' which arrived over the Easter period proved a big hit with residents, despite the bad weather - and readers could not get enough of footage of the attraction taken by a drone. The wheel was so successful, in fact, that it could be coming back to Worthing seafront for three years.