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Marie Strong

Millions of pounds will be ploughed back into Norfolk’s flagship broadband roll-out deal with BT after the telecoms giant has seen a higher-than-expected take up of its services.

Loans could be offered to attract teachers to the region

Interest-free loans could be used to encourage more teachers to move to Norfolk, as a campaign to tackle the county’s recruitment crisis moves into its next stage.

United Kingdom
A special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

In September, Queen Elizabeth II will become our country’s longest-serving monarch, overtaking the long reign of Queen Victoria.

Eastern Daily Press
The Litcham Gardners, from left, Linda Nichols, Lynette Pratt, Karl Edmonds, Ralph Nichols, Graham McDonald, Richard Vogt and Cindy Dew. Picture: Matthew Usher.

It might have been a bit wet on and off this week - but the plants are loving it.

Norwich
Cranswick Country Foods in Watton - On the production line. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Pork producer Cranswick said its underlying sales lifted 4pc in the three months to the end of June, compared to a year ago, boosted by lower input prices and higher volume sales to Far Eastern markets.

Watton

A man arrested following a burglary in Watton last week has been released on police bail.

Firefighters were called to the scene.

A driver has been hurt in a two-vehicle crash on the A47 near Swaffham.

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Watton and Swaffham Sport

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Mike Ridout

The weather wreaked havoc with the schedule as all Division One fixtures fell foul of the rain, writes Mike Ridout.

Lowestoft Town, blue, and Gorleston are back in action today. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

A host of the area’s semi-professional clubs will continue their preparations for the forthcoming season this afternoon.

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Hockwold stretched their lead to 10 points with a maximum points win against Northwold in their derby in Division One.

Happisburg batsman Jamie Carter. Picture by Marie Meale Photography

May player-of-the-month winner Jamie Carter scored a mammoth 201 for unbeaten Happisburgh as the Division One leaders piled up 335-6 against bottom side Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway, who could only muster 190 in reply.

Tim Porter
Prize winners from Swaffham Golf Club's Ladies Captain's Day, from left, Brenda Neill, Linda Holland, Ann Curtis, Ladies Captain Jeanette, Jan Somerville, Linda Wagstaff, Liz Adams and Elaine Thexton. Not pictured is Carole Hicks. Picture: Ann Ewer

Swaffham Golf Club has held its Ladies Captain’s Day.

Watton and Swaffham Events

Overjoyed eight year old Corey Pettifer who picked up his last GoGoDragon stickers to complete his sticker book. Photo : Steve Adams

Eight-year-old dragon hunter Corey Pettifer is super excited after snapping up all the stickers for his GoGoDragons! album.

Norwich

Norfolk Entertainment

The Great Norwich Duck Race in aid of BREAK.

You cannot be serious! A super speedy duck inspired by tennis star John McEnroe has paddled to victory on the River Wensum for the second year in a row.

Norfolk Arts Award finalist: Marcus Patteson and Sistema in Norwich. Photo: Pete Huggins.

Leading lights in our county’s arts scene are set to be honoured when the Norfolk Arts Awards returns in September.

Eastern Daily Press
Last Night of the Blickling Proms supports Veterans Norfolk Concertgoers watch a choreographed Spitfire flying display

A summer music concert in north Norfolk will again be raising fundraising for a military veterans charity.

Saturday's EDP will be GoGoDragons! ballistic with extra stickers and sticker book vouchers.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Dragon fans are set for a big weekend of sticker fun thanks to two special offers in Saturday’s Eastern Daily Press.

Eastern Daily Press
Getting ready for The Grand Norwich Duck Race, organisers, artists and sponsors prepare at The Ribs of Beef.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A colourful and quirky array of decorated ducks are preparing to take to the water to raise funds for children’s charity Break.

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Norfolk Sport

Action from the Norfolk Basketball Festival at the Sportspark, Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

After a last minute venue change due to safety concerns caused by a typical English summer, the Norfolk Basketball Festival – in partnership with the Solar Shed and the Norfolk Awards – got started as scheduled at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich, writes Diccon Lloyd-Smeath.

Norfolk
AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold in action for Lowestoft Town during his playing days. Picture: Daniel Chesterton, phcimages.com.

Former captain Jamie Godbold returns to Lowestoft Town with his AFC Sudbury team this afternoon.

Sophie Alden, centre, on top of the junior podium at the British Triathlon Championships in Liverpool.

The budding career of Hellesdon triathlete Sophie Alden has been given a major boost after the 17-year-old was crowned the British junior women’s champion.

United Kingdom
East Anglian Premier League cricket Swardeston ( batting ) against Great Witchingham - bowler Jimmy Hale.Photo:Steve Adams

A fine display in front of Norfolk captain Chris Brown has helped Great Witchingham’s James Hale land a county call-up.

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Stars boss Rob Lyon. Picture: Ian Burt

King’s Lynn boss Rob Lyon is confident his riders’ confidence has not been damaged by their poor away record in 2015.

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