All the best news moments of 2021 – including Tom Daley knitting

The top 30 list showcases some amazing sporting achievements from the past year – and includes Marcus Rashford being named ‘hero of the year’

England making it to the Euro 2020 finals was voted the top news moment of 2021

Britain’s favourite news moments of 2021 include Marcus Rashford’s school dinner campaigning, Donald Trump being banned from social media, and Tom Daley knitting at the Tokyo Olympics.

However, the single best piece of news of the year was the England men’s football team reaching the final of Euro 2020, as voted for by 21 percent of the 2,000 UK adults polled.

Emma Raducanu winning the US Open (20 percent) was also popular, as was Piers Morgan storming off the set of Good Morning Britain (13 percent).

Other top moments of the year include Adele’s comeback, Cristiano Ronaldo rejoining Manchester United, and the infamous Zoom meeting with Jackie Weaver and Handforth Parish Council.

Carried out before the Downing Street Christmas party scandal broke, the poll was commissioned by “all-you-can-read” digital magazine and newspaper app, Readly.

You can test your own knowledge of the big events of 2021 by taking part in the “ Readly Quiz of the Year ”.

Others loved seeing Tom Daley knitting at the Olympics


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Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings said: “2021 has been a year of great sporting moments which have united the nation.

“Yet continued public health issues, bizarre events and uncertainty has led to many of us experiencing highs and lows and worries about what might be coming next.

“Challenges such as working from home, limited social events, and fewer connections with friends and family have been evident again this year.

“But one thing many of us have learned is to take our fast-changing news in “worry windows”, on a need-to-know basis – rather than watching rolling news or being on social media all day.

“We can decrease our levels of stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, by listening to soothing music and immersing ourselves in a magazine or newspaper of our choice, which gives us balance as well as pleasure, releasing our reward hormone, dopamine.

“It’s all about self-care and indulgence in difficult times.”

The study also saw Marcus Rashford named “hero of the year”, picking up 31 percent of votes.

He was closely followed by campaigner and environmentalist David Attenborough, with tennis ace Emma Raducanu placing third.

Musicians Adele and Ed Sheeran also came in the top 10, as did Sky Brown, the 13-year-old Olympic skateboarder.

The villain of the year, meanwhile, was former US President Donald Trump, chosen by a huge 44 percent of adults.

Tennis star Emma Raducanu winning the US Open came second on the list, with 20 percent of the vote


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Second place went to Matt Hancock AND Meghan Markle – both chosen by 33 percent of respondents – while 31 percent opted for current Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The study also found eight in ten adults consider themselves “up to date” when it comes to current events.

But 37 percent of those working from home admit to missing the “water-cooler” moments to chat to co-workers about items in the news.

Those polled estimate they have five conversations per month about big news stories, while just under a quarter (23 percent) tend to share the major developments on social media.

When a big piece of news does happen – for example, comedian Sean Lock passing away in August – 12 percent heard the news from a TV broadcast.

More than one in ten (11 percent) found out through social media, while seven percent read about it in a digital newspaper or magazine, or heard it on the radio.

And just three percent heard about it during an in-person conversation.

Marcus Rashford was named ‘hero of the year’ for his school dinner campaigning


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When it comes to topics Brits simply don’t want to hear about anymore, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle topped the list – joint with hearing about Love Island.

Four in ten of those polled are fed up with hearing about YouTube personalities – and another third don’t want to read anything else about cryptocurrencies.

The study, conducted via OnePoll, found 51 percent spent “too much” time “doom scrolling” this year – reading endless negative social media comments.

Chris Crouchman, of Readly, which has 6,300 titles, said: “There has been much appetite for news this year across our portfolio of digital magazines and newspapers.

“Insights from the app show that people are also seeking inspiration and wanting to read about categories such as running, cycling and fitness, home & renovation, and TV, film and cinema.

“However, celebrity & entertainment remains the most read category among Brits this year.

“Whilst there are many topics our readers want to read more on, there are certainly some we’re all pretty ready to leave behind as we look forward to a fresh start in 2022.”


  1. England getting to the final in the Euro 2020
  2. Emma Raducanu winning the US Open (tennis)
  3. Marcus Rashford’s school dinner campaigning
  4. Piers Morgan walking off the Good Morning Britain set
  5. Facebook and Twitter banning Donald Trump
  6. “No Time to Die” James Bond film finally coming out

  7. Tom Daley knitting at the Olympics

  8. That Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview with Oprah

  9. Jackie Weaver and the Handforth Parish Council

  10. Matt Hancock’s affair revelations

  11. Cristiano Ronaldo going back to Manchester United

  12. The Ever Given container ship getting stuck in the Suez Canal

  13. Adele’s comeback

  14. The #FreeBritney campaign

  15. When Facebook/Instagram/WhatsApp all broke at the same time

  16. Sky Brown winning bronze at the Tokyo Olympics

  17. The “Friends” (TV show) reunion

  18. The big run-up to 21st June “Freedom Day” – that never happened

  19. The meme of Bernie Sanders in his mittens at Joe Biden’s inauguration

  20. Paul Rudd being named Sexiest Man Alive

  21. The rise of the seas shanties

  22. Keeping Up With The Kardashians finally coming to an end

  23. The “Sex and the City” reboot

  24. Kourtney Kardashian dating Travis Barker

  25. Facebook changing its name to Meta

  26. Boris Johnson getting married

  27. GamesMaster being revived

  28. Kim and Kanye splitting up

  29. The return of the Met Gala – and Kim Kardashian’s incredible outfit

  30. The anti sex beds at the Olympics

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