Editor’s comment: A busy year ahead as 2018 looms

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 December 2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, after the announcement of their engagement.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, after the announcement of their engagement.

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I hope you all had a good Christmas - as usual, after all that planning, it’s over in the blink of an eye.

Now we start to focus on the new year and what 2018 will bring.

It will be the 100th anniversary of the first women getting the vote in the UK, and the Recorder is planning a special supplement to celebrate.

June will be the 50th anniversary of the Ford women’s strike for equal pay and again the Recorder is planning some special coverage.

For sports fans, the Winter Olympics bring that four-yearly chance to become experts on curling and skeleton – disciplines we pay absolutely no attention to for the other three years of the cycle.

This year the games come from South Korea in February.

Then in the summer it’s the football world cup from Russia – almost certainly the usual hope rapidly followed by disillusionment as we watch the England team fail to get out of their group, again.

In April all eyes will be on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as we wait for the birth of their third child, while the next month the spotlight falls on Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.

And in July Mars will make its closest approach to Earth since 2003 so expect some excitement from astronomers.

In the mean time, those thinking about their New Year’s Eve celebrations this weekend are being advised by the police not to try to go to the firework display at the London Eye as it is ticketed and now sold out.

Road closures in that area will begin from 2pm so plan your journey if you’re going into the city.

And remember most bars and clubs will be ticket-only so if you haven’t already booked you’ll probably be out of luck.

Whatever you do, whether it’s out on the town or in with friends and family, have a happy new year and let’s hope for good things from 2018.

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