The Top Five “Friend” Articles From 2020

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“The People’s Friend” website welcomed a record number of visitors in 2020. We were so glad you decided to spend a little time with us!

We’re hoping to build on that success in 2021, and give you even more great content that will keep you coming back again and again.

But before we get into that, we’re taking a look back at some of the most popular articles we published here last year.

A few of them were a little unexpected!

Did you read any of these?



“Don’t Quit”

Fiction Ed Lucy discovered this inspirational poem by Edgar A Guest near the beginning of the first coronavirus lockdown.

It’s a gentle reminder to us all that even the most trying of times will end, and there are sunnier skies ahead.

Click here to read it, and to learn a little more about the poet’s “Friend” connections.

war cake

Photograph by DC Thomson Ltd/Karen Burns-Booth.

1918 war cake

Surprisingly this recipe was the only piece from our Archives to make it into 2020’s top five.

Admittedly, it does look delicious! It’s good to know that tasty is tasty, no matter the era.

Click here for the recipe, or click here to take a look at our whole book full of vintage Christmas recipes!

deliciously ella banana bread

Photograph by Karlie Simmonds.

Vegan banana bread

Banana bread was a favourite for those taking up baking during lockdown.

And this recipe, by Deliciously Ella, certainly looked like a winner when previous Digital Ed Karlie had a go at it back in 2018.

Click here to give it a go yourself!


Photograph by DC Thomson Ltd.

Evergreen shrubs

If ever there was a time we needed year-round colour, it was 2020. So maybe that’s why this article, picking out our top evergreen shrubs, stayed near the top of the charts!

Looking to indulge your green fingers? Click here to read on!

Or you can click here to visit the DC Thomson Shop for their latest selection of flowers and plants.

allotments advice

Seven good reasons to keep an allotment

If you’re not quite sure about starting an allotment, this article might help you make that decision!

Allotments have a great many benefits — and not just for the environment. The physical activity, being outside, and having a hobby that has a goal and a sense of accomplishment are all good for our mental health.

Click here to read some other reasons to indulge your green fingers!

For more from the “Friend” team, click here to read our blog.

Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.