Well, what an interesting ride that was. Just like the year before it, 2021 has had no shortage of twists and turns to keep us all on our toes.

From coming out of lockdown in the first half of the year, through the local elections in the spring, to this summer's G7 Leaders Summit and the protests that came with it, Cornwall has certainly seen its fair share of drama this year.

Throughout the year, Cornwall Council revealed its plans to close a much-loved leisure centre in Falmouth, as well as proposals to close four outdoor education centres if a new operator can't be found.

I understand that the pandemic has put a strain on budgets everywhere, but surely with everything we know now about the effect of lockdowns on people's mental health we should be looking to protect vital services such as these?

However, aside from the challenges we've all faced, there have been some shining examples of communities coming together to support each other.

Andrea Fifield and Pete Marland were nominated to switch on the Falmouth Christmas lights after they gave up their time during lockdown to make scrubs for the NHS, while they were at home unable to work.

We even saw a care home invest in a snow machine so that they could grant their resident's wishes and give them a white Christmas. Here's to all that 2022 might bring us.