COMMENT: Was 2016 really all that bad?
WHILE 2016 was a year of ups and downs for many people, I think it's safe to say it's gotten a pretty poor review.
Between the deaths of iconic big screen stars like Carrie Fisher and Alan Rickman, musicians David Bowie and George Michael and American boxer and activist Muhammad Ali - 2016 seemed to be cursed for celebrities.
Britain's exit from the European Union and America's decision to elect Donald Trump was also seen as disastrous by many people, myself included.
As I look back at 2016 though I think it's easy to focus on the negative.
I've spoken to many people who have had a lot of personal success in 2016 and it made me realise it's important to recognise the little things.
Our 12 months in 12 days series in the QT looks back on the year that was and is a good reminder of what the city of Ipswich and its people have achieved.
I know it helped me take a step back and appreciate 2016.
I hope you saw in the New Year in style, whether you stayed for the fireworks at North Ipswich Reserve, had a few drinks at one of Ipswich's bars or simply spent the night at home with the family.
After a year of ups and downs I have a good feeling about the things 2017 will bring for both myself and for Ipswich.
So from all of us at the QT, Happy New Year!