Our royal county welcomed the arrival of Prince George in the summer but was hit by the worst floods for many years this month. We lost great 20th century figures Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela and we smiled for Deryn. ANNABELLE DICKSON completes the review of 2013.

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A prince is born

Norfolk and Suffolk’s many royal enthusiasts welcomed the latest addition to the Royal Family, George Alexander Louis, who was was born in July.

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the third in line to the throne, weighing 8lbs 6oz, prompting gun salutes and celebrations.

Prince George spent his first Christmas in Norfolk at Sandringham House, but he did not make a public appearance with the rest of his family at the traditional Christmas Day service.

The year of the floods and the generosity of EDP readers

This month the worst storm surges since the 1950s hit the East Coast.

EDP readers showed their generosity, rallying around to support the EDP’s Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal – taking it well past the £150,000 mark in three weeks, with the money still flooding in.

Defiant Bryony Nierop-Reading finally said goodbye to her idyllic seaside home at Happisburgh.

The 68-year-old refused offers of compensation, choosing instead to stay in the chalet home with stunning sea views she bought five years ago.

But the latest surge finally persuaded her to abandon her home, as part of it began to dangle over the edge.

Our readers have not just shown their generosity through the Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal. Just a month earlier they dug deep for the victims of the typhoon which hit the Philippines.

In just a week, Unicef received more than £11,000 from hundreds of generous readers who were moved by the plight of millions of children left at risk when one of the strongest typhoons on record cut a path of devastation through the Philippines.

Norfolk’s Surviving Winter appeal smashed through the £25,000 barrier last week with many readers who may not need their winter fuel payments this year passing the money on to those who do.

Stories where we went Ahhh

A baby giraffe captured the imagination of the EDP readers in August after she was rejected by her mother.

Staff at Africa Alive zoo in Kessingland, near Lowestoft, started rearing Zuri, as she was named by an EDP reader, by hand.

Ex-RAF pilot, Steve Stevens and his wife Maureen, of Lakenham in Norwich celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary.

The EDP heard the inspiring story of the couple who met over the airwaves as they both served their country in the second world war.

Norfolk and Suffolk mobile phone blackspots revealed

Many across the region documented the areas of Norfolk and Suffolk where they were not able to get coverage from the big mobile operators.

Stories of how “not-spots” were affecting businesses and causing you safety concerns were documented in our “Let’s Get Connected” campaign to show providers how poor the signal is in this area, and the level of demand for more transmitters.

Those we have lost

Two great politicians of the 20th century were lost this year. The first, and so far only, British female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died in April.

A host of former colleagues and current Conservative MPs from East Anglia were among those who paid their respects to Baroness Thatcher at her funeral in St Paul’s Cathedral.

Big Ben was silenced as a mark of parliament’s respect and there were tributes from world leaders, but the death of a woman who proved a divisive figure also prompted street parties.

In December, South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, died at the age of 95.

Tributes flooded in from local politicians and worldwide leaders, with Barack Obama describing him as the “last great liberator of the 20th century.

Closer to home, one of Norfolk’s most remarkable men, Wing Commander Ken Wallis, died at the age of 97.

The former Wellington bomber pilot – who lived in Reymerston, near Dereham, and who was a key figure in the post-war development of the autogyro, which he flew as Sean Connery’s stunt double in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice – passed away in September.

Just days before we lost broadcaster Sir David Frost.

The television star, who was perhaps most famous for his interview with disgraced US president Richard Nixon, started his television career in Norwich, working on a programme called Town and Gown which was about Cambridge.

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