There’s going to be plenty to look forward to in new year

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The Portsmouth area is a great place to be a journalist, for the simple reason that there’s always so much going on. In the trade, it’s what’s known as a ‘newsy patch’.

As we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome in a new year, a look at the diary to see what’s going to be happening in 2014 proves that point.

And these are only the ones that we already know about. Like every year, many other events and incidents will take place and The News will be there to bring you all the local news in print and online at

Today we’ve picked out 14 things that will affect people’s lives in 2014 and several of them demonstrate just what a go-ahead part of the world we live in.

Yes, we’ve got plenty of history to be proud of (and this year’s major commemorations of the centenary of the start of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day will certainly demonstrate that).

But we’re also well aware that we need to move with the times and show a modern face too.

A great example of this is how Portsmouth’s skyline is set to change when Brunel House on The Hard is transformed into a soaring glass tower that will become the city’s version of The Shard.

It will also begin much-needed regeneration of the area between Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard.

Then there’s the eagerly-awaited re-opening of the city’s New Theatre Royal after a multi-million pound redevelopment and completion of a £28m park-and-ride scheme at Tipner. At last Portsmouth will have what has been integral to other cities’ transport policies for some years now.

In sport there will be the 25th Great South Run, which shows how well Portsmouth can stage big events.

And our seafaring tradition and shipbuilding prowess will be underlined when the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is finally launched – her giant hull has been taking shape for years in the dockyard.

So as we wish you all a happy new year, you can see there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014.