June started with a couple speaking out about their building site 'woe'.

Wendy Cole, 54, and Steven Sumner, 60, moved to their flat on Thornley Avenue, Rhyl in May 2016, three months before their private car park was commandeered - without notice - by private construction workers contracted by Denbighshire County Council.

The couple said they were told by Denbighshire County Council that the workers would stay for one month, but Ms Cole and Ms Sumner complained to the Journal that the car park was still being used and with greater frequency.

June also saw Linda Hayward and her daughter Sophie, 16, reunited with two boys they saved from sea. The Journal launched an appeal after two mystery lifesavers helped rescue the two youngsters off West Parade in Rhyl. Linda and Sophie came forward.

Sophie, who ran home to get two blankets and helped, alongside her mum and residents Lisa Jones and husband Tony, said they only did what “anyone else would have done”.

There was 'shock' in the county as Denbighshire revealed its plans to implement four-weekly bin collections for non-recyclable waste.

A promise was made to press on with a ‘dream’ to build a tidal lagoon stretching from Prestatyn to Llandudno, despite a similar scheme in Swansea being rejected.

The UK government refused to back a “world first” £1.3 billion tidal lagoon project, which would have generated ‘clean energy’ from the tides at from Swansea Bay, on cost grounds.

Henry Dixon, chairman of North Wales Tidal Energy (NWTE) said the wrong decision had been made by the Government, but he remained adamant that plans to develop and promote a North Wales tidal lagoon had not been ‘blown out the water’.

There was sadness following the death of Terry Williams, former Journal photographer. The much loved and popular photographer died following a battle with cancer.

Tributes poured in from colleagues, past and present, and friends. The father and grandfather was described as a true gentleman who always had a twinkle in his eye.

He is well remembered by a photograph which sees the former chief photographer up to his waist in water during the Kinmel Bay and Towyn Floods in February 1990, which forced thousands from their homes.