What were the most read Lowestoft and Southwold stories online for 2016?
The tragic death of a popular Lowestoft supermarket worker and footballer was the most read story on The Journal’s website in 2016 after another busy year online.
The emotional tribute paid by Darren Boyd’s family after he was hit by a train at the start of the year recorded 19,262 hits, while the original breaking story got 14,982 views – a testament to the father-of-two’s popularity in the town.
Travellers setting up camp in a Lowestoft car park was the next most read individual story, with 14,148 hits, with another tragedy of a man who died in a flat fire in Lowestoft being read by 13,813 people.
Other notable stories from the year included the closure of the Winelodge nightclub in Oulton Broad, which was read by 9,077 people, and the closure of Lowestoft’s Britten Centre market, which got 9,599 views.
The shocking moment a driver risked his life by driving over a level crossing as a train approached was read by 7,288 people, with the subsequent reaction to the £200 fine for the offence read by a further 8,134.
Overall there were more than 3.6million clicks on The Journal’s website, with 885,008 unique users.
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