It’s a been a busy year, from house fires and flooding to festivals and stranded caravans - find out what our most read stories of 2014 are here.

Jack Johnson playing at this year's Somersault Festival at Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh. Pic: Andy Casey.Jack Johnson playing at this year's Somersault Festival at Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh. Pic: Andy Casey.

From flooding to festivals, 2014 has been a busy year and our readers have flocked to the North Devon Gazette website for breaking news stories.

As we embark on a brand new year, we take a look back over the 10 most read stories of 2014.

1. When a major storm surge battered North Devon in January, flooding Barnstaple, Instow and Westward Ho!, our photo galleries and live updates were the most read stories of the year.

2. A fatal collision on the A39 near Bideford in February was the second most read story of the year. The crash led to the death of Penelope Woolaway, from Appledore, with two other people seriously injured.

3. February wind caused a van to blow over onto a car on Torridge Bridge – our third most popular story of the year.

The scene of the fire at Bickington today (Sat).The scene of the fire at Bickington today (Sat).

4. Our fourth most read story came in January, when there were several reports of men trying to jump into women’s cars.

5. When the Gazette was first to break the news that Jack Johnson (right) and Ben Howard would be headlining the new Somersault Festival, web hits soared.

6. Another serious collision on the A39 in October was one of the most read stories of the year.

7. The breaking news of a blaze in Bickington in February (above), with photos and videos and live updates from the scene was read by thousands.

Severe gales have blown a heavy goods vehicle onto a car on the Torridge Bridge in Bideford. Picture by Graham HobbsSevere gales have blown a heavy goods vehicle onto a car on the Torridge Bridge in Bideford. Picture by Graham Hobbs

8. In Woolacombe, a collision which left 400 caravans parked up waiting to enter the village was our eighth most read story.

9. Our ninth most read story came when two men were arrested on suspicion of murder in Ilfracombe. Charges against the two men have since been dropped.

10. When a young woman from Bude was killed in a collision on the A39, the story was widely shared and the 10th most read story of the year.