From royal weddings to riots: The highs and lows of 2011
With riots, financial turmoil and disappointing weather, 2011 has had its fair share of bleak moments.
But the year has also given us plenty to smile about.
A survey of our favourite moments of the last 12 months reveals what we consider to be the highlights of 2011.
The Royal Wedding was chosen by almost half of the respondents as their top “feel good moment”
Top of the list, perhaps unsurprisingly, was the Royal Wedding – which as chosen by almost half of the respondents as their top ‘feel good moment’.
Other incidents which made the list included the discovery of a surviving baby amidst the rubble of the earthquake in Turkey and the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq which was chosen by just under a quarter.
The aftermath of the riots in August also perked people up, when communities got together to organise a clear up.
Flying the flag: David Walliams celebrates as he completes his 140-mile charity swim along the River Thames
Our favourite television highlights included the usual annual suspects of Strictly and the X Factor
According to the survey of 2,000 people, comedian David Walliams also put a significant spring in our step when he swam the length of the Thames to raise money for Sport Relief.
In the world of sport, British victories put a smile on our faces, with England’s victory over Australia to retain the Ashes coming top of that list.
England’s dismal efforts in the rugby world cup seem best forgotten however, leaving individual efforts by golfers Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, and distance runner Mo Farah as our other favourite winning moments.
Many also included Manchester United’s defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League Final as a sporting moment to savour.
Back on the sofa, our favourite television highlights included the usual annual suspects of Strictly, I’m a Celebrity and the X Factor.
The aftermath of the riots also perked people up, when communities got together to organise a clear up
Other highlights of 2011 includes the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq
However the top spot went to David Attenborough’s recent triumph, Frozen Planet, and of course, coverage of the Royal Wedding, which was watched by an estimated 2billion people across the world also made it into the top five.
More unusually perhaps, three of the top five films of the year were British, with the Oscar winning King’s Speech at the top of the list followed by The Inbetweeners in second, and the final instalment of Harry Potter in fourth.
The research, commissioned by the Feel Good Drinks Company, also showed that our personal highlights of 2011 included summer holidays, birthdays, promotions and weddings.
Steve Cooper, co-founder and spokesman for Feel Good Drinks said: ‘There’s been a lot of doom and gloom around lately and it would be easy to miss all the great things that have happened.’
He added: ‘The Royal Wedding was understandably the feel good moment of 2011, with the kiss on the balcony and a certain bridesmaid’s dress being particularly memorable. It was a great opportunity to celebrate our tradition and heritage. It also proved once again that we know how to throw a good party.’
‘Our survey shows that we’re a pretty positive nation and that there has been loads of reasons to feel good this year and even more to look forward to in 2012.’