Shoreham's top stories of 2018 in pictures

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

Friday, 14th December 2018, 1:36 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:26 am
Pilot Kit Maharajh with reporter Isabella Cipirska ahead of a flight from Shoreham Airport to Brighton in July

Read on for the top 15 articles which captured your imaginations in 2018. For the full stories, copy the caption next to each picture and search for it in Google.

Published at the end of July, this story was the Shoreham Herald's most-read of 2018. Reporter Isabella Cipirska tried out a flight from Shoreham Airport to Brighton in a new scheme launched by Wingly - a company which connects private pilots and passengers to share the cost of flying in small planes.
Tributes were paid to a popular Steyning shop owner who passed away in September. Seventy-three-year-old Peter Humphreys was well known in the town for his shop Steyning Motor Spares, which he closed in 2015. Family friend Brandon Clive Cooper said Mr Humphreys passed away peacefully in his flat in High Street. Everybody in Steyning knew Pete, his shop was as full of character as he was, said Mr Cooper.
In June, a Shoreham mother urged women to attend their cervical screening appointment after losing her daughter, aged 28, to cervical cancer. Samantha Chapman died in 2016 just five months after being diagnosed by doctors, leaving behind three young children. Her mother, Mandy Stephenson of Church Green, Shoreham, said Samantha had not attended a cervical screening appointment. She said: She was invited at 25 but didnt like the thought of it. We didnt know she hadnt gone.
In October, a portrait bench which celebrated three people who made a difference to Shoreham was installed at the Shoreham Beach end of the Adur Ferry Bridge. The portraits were created as a partnership between Adur District Council and cycling charity Sustrans as part of a national art scheme to celebrate local heroes. They depict Joan Morgan, the last star of British silent cinema who was the leading actress of the Shoreham Beach Glasshouse Studio, Peter Huxtable, who volunteered for the RNLI in Shoreham for 43 years and saved 449 lives at sea, and King Charles II, who fled to France from Shoreham following the defeat of the royalists in the English Civil War.
In October, Adur District Council announced that a scheme to alternate the collections of perishable and non-recyclable waste with recycled waste could instead be introduced across the area. The councils said it would help boost recycling rates, which need to reach a government target of 50 per cent by 2020. Currently, only 36 per cent of waste collected in Adur and Worthing is recycled which is below the average across West Sussex. Some opposition councillors said it marked a massive u-turn for the Tory administration which had repeatedly hailed its success in protecting weekly collections in the past.
In October, a Shoreham barber captured the 'amazing' moment 10 dolphins joined his boat trip off the Shoreham coast. Simon Gardner was enjoying a boat trip on Saturday with his friend and his 16-month-old son Etienne when they were joined by a pod of 'incredibly friendly' dolphins at around 9.30am. Picture: Sax Rohmer
Parish churches in Shoreham staged a new free exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The exhibition offers a unique insight into wartime life through words and photos, showcasing the wartime contribution made by the parish communities of St Mary de Haura, St Nicolas and the then newly-built Church of the Good Shepherd on Shoreham Beach.
After 18 months of debate, protests and campaigning, planning permission was granted for a 600 home development and an IKEA in Lancing in early October. Adur District Councils planning committee voted 5-3 to approve the development, which also includes the provision of a new roundabout on the A27, a country park, land for a school and a community hub.
Shoreham Allstars celebrated its ten year anniversary in December. The musical collective, managed by David OConnell, helps develop the talent of musicians aged eight to 20, creating bands covering many different styles. In the last decade, Allstars members have recorded more than 100 original songs and played at more than 250 live events. The Allstars has a current membership of 85 young musicians with an average age of 12.
Plans for two new commercial buildings at Shoreham Airport were approved in October. Councillors voted in favour of the outline proposal, with the specific design and use to be decided at a later date. Initial plans are for a minimum of 15,000 square metres of employment generating floorspace, up to a height of 13m. It was recommended for approval by the planning officer. Supporters said the development was vital to securing the airports future. Concerns were raised around the damage to the green area between Shoreham and Lancing, increased flooding risk and the aesthetic impact. David Thurgood, director of Menzies LLP, the administrator of Albermarle Shoreham Airport Limited which leases Shoreham Airport Estate said the 300 jobs and revenue it would generate were essential to the airports survival.
Shorehams first cocktail bar, which is also a restaurant, opened up in the High Street and proved a hit with residents. Rocking Horse Shoreham specialises in a range of interesting and creative cocktails, as well as serving wine and beer. Speaking in September, owner Igor Beaulieu said it was something different for the town and said: Everybody has been saying its what Shoreham has been waiting for. It is the third Rocking Horse cocktail bar that Mr Beaulieu has launched in Sussex. The first branch opened in Brighton Road, Worthing, four years ago, followed by a second branch in Chichesters Southgate. The bar in Shoreham is decorated with the same quirky furniture and horse-related items.
A new stretch of the popular boardwalk at Shoreham Beach was completed and was being enjoyed by residents and visitors, the Herald reported in September. The walkway was extended eastwards this summer to link it up with the West Sussex County Council-owned footpath at Forthaven. Residents at at the boardwalk earlier this year before the extension It has opened up the beach to people with mobility issues, particularly those with disabilities and parents and guardians with pushchairs, the council said. Winding through the local nature reserve from The Burrells roundabout to Shoreham Fort, the 1.2 kilometre walk passes through a rare habitat hosting such plants as Yellow Horned Poppy, Sea Kale and Curled Dock.
An experienced cyclist broke his arm after swerving to avoid a huge and very dangerous pothole in the path at the Shoreham Toll Bridge. Speaking to the Herald in April, Geoff Pike, 55, was annoyed that no signs had been put in place to warn of the hole despite the fact that it had previously been reported to West Sussex County Council.
The pilot involved in the Shoreham airshow tragedy has entered a not guilty plea to 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence. Andrew Hill, 53, of Standon Road, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday, April 19. He is charged with 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and one count of endangering an aircraft, contrary to Article 137 of the Air Navigation Order 2009. He entered a not guilty plea for all charges, police confirmed. The trial date has been set for January 14, 2019 and is expected to last for five weeks.
A Shoreham musician released a Christmas single inspired by his experiences as a father-of-three to help raise funds for his daughters school. Tom Walker will donate all profits from the download sales of First Christmas With You to Shoreham Beach Primary School in Shingle Road, which his daughters Ellie, nine, Bonnie, five, and Cassidy, four, attend. Mr Walker said he never thought he would write a Christmas song, but explained: When I write a new song I always play it to the kids first, theyre very honest critics and will tell me if they dont think its very good and usually it turns out theyre right! A couple of weeks ago, as the Christmas songs started coming on the TV and radio, my eldest daughter asked me if I thought I was able to write a Christmas song so I took that as a challenge."