30 stunning Derbyshire Times photos that capture the spirit of 2018

It's been a busy year for our photographers, who have been out and about over the last 12 months covering every kind of event in the county.

Friday, 28th December 2018, 12:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 2:50 am
Chesterfield's skyline had a new addition with the observation wheel

Here, we take a look through some of the best pictures taken by the DT photographic team in 2018 which showcase the year in Derbyshire - and the people who call it home...

Chesterfield's skyline looked very different at the start of the year. Over 40,000 enjoyed the observation wheel during its stay in the market place.
The big wheel looked impressive even during a blizzard!

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The wheel dominated the skyline even when the snow melted
The snow didn't just make things look pretty though, it also caused problems on the roads
Here Chesterfield's Crooked Spire peeks through the snow
It's been a rollercoaster year for Spireites fans...
There was heartbreak when Chesterfield FC were relegated
There were high hopes when manager Martin Allen took the helm, but he didn't see out the year as boss of the Spireites.
It's been a turbulent year in politics too with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn among big names to visit the county.
The BBC's flagship political debate show Question Time also visited, with a broadcast from Chesterfield
The county's residents have a big heart and many helped out with great fundraising efforts for charity. Shante Langley had her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust.
The summer of 2018 will be remembered for being long and very very hot!
The long summer was popular with youngsters - providing they had a hat on,and plenty of suncream!
Cricket proved a big summer hit too. Here Derbyshire take on Yorkshire at Chesterfield's Queen's Park
Dancing lollipop man Alan Filbee again hit the headlines, with a campaign to save him plans were unveiled to axe crossing patrols.
Derbyshire is home to the world-famous Chatsworth estate, which looked even more blooming lovely when it hosted the RHS show.
Chatsworth also hosted many four-legged friends in 2018
2018 was also the year the Chesterfield and north Derbyshire branch of animal welfare charity the RSPCA celebrated its 80th birthday.
The hot summer saw water levels drop so far, the 'drowned' Derwent village of was exposed as Ladybower Reservoir dried up
The drowned village proved a big draw for visitors and tourists - with one sightseer needing to be rescued after getting stuck in the mud!
The county's mining tradition was recalled with statues unveiled commemorating those who lost their lives underground
Each of the Walking Together commemorative statues has a miner's 'check'. Here Alan Pether from North Wingfield, inspects the one belonging to his uncle, George Edward Pether, who was killed in 1938.
There were plenty of spooky goings-on as Halloween approached. Here, Redcoats are on guard at Bolsover Castle fright night.
And the waters of Matlock Bath were once again lit up with stunning illuminated boats
It was a turbulent year for business, with many big name brands falling on the high street - but lots of new ventures sprang up too. One included a service from Spire Funerals - offering clients the chance to scatter their loved ones in space.
It was an emotional year on Remembrance Day as Derbyshire remembered those who gave their lives on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War
The sacrifice of those who gave their lives for us was honoured in Chesterfield
Christmas brought some beautiful decorations. This one at Haddon Hall had a fairy tale theme
And as Christmas is always a feast, Chesterfield's Pizza Pi dished up a festive slice, with a special pizza topped with pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce