With 2021 soon to be behind us and 2022 upon us we have taken a look back at the most-read Bucks Free Press stories of the last year.

Here are our top ten stories from past 12 months.

10. Coronavirus South African variant found in Bucks (34,291 views)

In February, the South African variant of coronavirus was found in the Wooburn Green area and the village began surge testing.

Council officials spent a week delivering home test kits to all households in the village as well as parts of Flackwell Heath.

A mobile testing site was set up behind the Red Lion pub with it operating as a walk-through as opposed to many drive-through locations across the UK at the time.

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9. John Lewis bosses confirm future of High Wycombe store (35,202 views)

John Lewis bosses announced they will not reopen eight of its 42 shops nationwide after the end of the lockdown period last March.

As you will know High Wycombe did not lose its John Lewis despite the immediate worry some readers had.

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8. Murder investigation launched after man 'found on the floor surrounded by group of men' (37,486 views)

Police continue to look into the death of Andrew Ballantyne with a number of arrests made.

Thames Valley Police said he was surrounded by a group of men who fled the scene when officers arrived.

Tributes and flowers poured in for the man with one labeling him a 'Micklefield legend'.

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7. 'He won't be welcome again' - pub manager responds after TV presenter harassed by customer (37,923 views)

A pub manager in Marlow told a customer he "will not be welcome again" after harassing TV presenter Beth Fisher.

The ITV sports reporter and former Welsh hockey athlete Beth was at the Chequers in the town and said she was persistently harassed and touched inappropriately by another man.

The manager spoke out after the Twitter storm that broke following the presenter's post.

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6. Luxury golf club and hotel to shut for two years after Indian billionaire buys it for £57 million (42,689 views)

The hotel and golf club has closed for “essential restoration” works until summer 2023 after a company owned by an Indian billionaire reportedly bought it for £57 million.

Stoke Park hosts the Boodles annual tennis challenge and is a film set favourite for movie-makers.

A spokesman for the estate said the company is planning to create a “world-class members club” that will reopen when the work is finished and has agreed on a 10-year extension of the Boodles tennis event.

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5. Buckinghamshire town named one of the worst places to live in England (48,058 views)

The headline speaks for itself, one Bucks town had the unfortunate luck of being named one of the worst places to live in the UK.

However, there was a passionate defense from Aylesbury locals who voiced their own opinion on the ranking.

What do you think?

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4. 'Explosions' heard from industrial estate as black smoke is seen from miles away (50,611 views)

After an explosion was heard in High Wycombe we sent reporters onto the ground as we covered the incident live.

The live blog ran for over four hours and kept local residents updated on the explosion that could be seen from all parts of Wycombe.

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3. Live updates as queues continue at petrol stations across Buckinghamshire (58,373 views)

Our live blog covered the petrol crisis over the week in late September where chaos played out across forecourts in the county.

Queues were seen piling up outside petrol stations as people scrambled to fill up their tanks. 

Police investigated reports of a large-scale fight breaking out at a High Wycombe petrol station and school buses had to be cancelled due to the fuel shortage. 

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2. Tom Kerridge hits back about menu price at The Hand and Flowers (66,747 views)

Tom Kerridge hit back spectacularly against a tweet that critised the price of the food and drink at his Marlow gastropub.

The local chef whole-heartedly defended the prices of his menu responding to the criticism of the prices against the description of The Hand and Flowers on the restaurant's website.

It certainly got a lot of people talking about how much they would spend on steak and chips.

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1. Buckinghamshire Council election results 2021: New councillors are announced (71,707 views)

Reporters were stationed at each of the four counts across the county as the results of the first-ever Buckinghamshire Council elections were revealed.

There were over 12 hours of coverage in which 147 new councillors were announced.

The Conservatives came out on top as to be expected, but as always there were a few shocks along the way. 

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