2021 has had no shortage of news and Lancashire is no exception.

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

From viral Blackpool Pleasure beach videos to Blackburn Rovers Football Club news, there is not much that we haven't seen in 2021.

As we reflect on our most popular headlines of the year, we would like to wish you a very happy new year.

Top 8 most read stories in Lancashire in 2021

8. Accrington: Asda customer's 'contaminated' fuel concern

AN ASDA customer claims that contaminated fuel bought from the supermarket has cost him and another motorist thousands of pounds each.

Chris Pilkington says that the fuel, bought from the Accrington branch in Hyndburn Road, damaged both of their vehicles and has cost them dearly in garage bills.

However, the supermarket chain has said they have investigated Mr Pilkington’s complaints and that they have received no other the complaints about contaminations from other customers who were served with the same fuel.

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7. Butlers Arms Pleasington closes as staff 'at breaking point'

A PUB owner says his staff have hit breaking point after being shouted at by impatient customers, forcing him to shut for two weeks.

A number of workers at The Butlers Arms in Pleasington have been told to self-isolate and the small staff team still working have been shouted at by customers about the speed of service.

Owner Michael Hales made the decision to close for his staff's wellbeing after seeing them struggling to deal with a small number of difficult customers.

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6. Issa brothers' EG group buys fast food restaurant chain Leon

The EG Group owned by Blackburn’s billionaire Issa brothers has acquired an international fast food restaurant chain.

The group has snapped up Leon Restaurants Limited - a fresh fast food restaurant chain.

Founded by John Vincent, Henry Dimbleby and Chef Allegra McEvedy in 2004, Leon created the category of ‘naturally fast food’ in a bid to change people’s expectations of what was possible in quick service restaurants.

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5. The Lancashire beauty spots being used for dogging

You may have had your suspicions, but did you know there are several spots around Lancashire listed as prolific dogging sites?

Remote car parks, woods and nature trails across the county are among the top sites for having sex outdoors, according to one adult website.

Before you head off for a family stroll in one of Lancashire's many beauty spots this Easter weekend then, it may be worth checking the following list if you want to avoid stumbling across this kind of activity.

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4. Bradley Dack: An injury that has rocked a football club

Blackburn Rovers Football Club has the ability to create all manner of emotions to its supporters, sometimes in the space of one game.

But the feelings that united fans after the defeat to Brentford were ones of pain, agony and devastation, not because this meant a run of just one win in 10 matches, but for Bradley Dack.

This was an injury that rocked a football club. Ewood was numb, the matchday hum of the players broken up by a scream of agony that affected everyone inside the stadium.

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3. WATCH: Hilarious Blackpool Pleasure Beach video goes viral

A hilarious video of a man taking on a Blackpool Pleasure Beach ride has gone viral on TikTok.

In the video, James Shallcross is the only one rapidly spinning around on the Red Arrows SkyForce ride after mastering how to angle the wings for the ultimate adrenaline rush.

This 72ft high, 12-seat white-knuckle ride is said to take you on a 360-degree tour of the skies.

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2. Darwen needs you: confusion as man sets up living space, complete with weights machine and hearse, under M65 bridge

People have been left puzzled after a mystery man set up a motorhome under a bridge, and made himself comfortable by moving several fixtures and fittings - including a weights machine and a funeral hearse - onto the site.

The man, who is thought to have previously been living on a piece of land in Lower Darwen, has been residing in his motorhome under the motorway bridge at Darwen Services for several months, according to residents.

A mystery man has set up home under the motorway bridge at Darwen Services, leaving residents puzzled about why he's chosen that precise location

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1. Blackburn: Dad's horror as safety bar released during fair ride

A father has spoken of his horror after a safety bar opened on a fairground ride just two carriages away from his children - however organisers have said that the incident posed no safety risk.

The dad, who wished to remain anonymous, had taken his two children to the Blackburn Mega Fun Park in Witton Country Park on Saturday.

He was watching his children on a ride which is similar to a Ferris wheel, however the carriages also spin.

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