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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

A district authority which has failed to hit regional house building targets in each of the last ten years insists the tide is turning.

Norwich & Peterborough Building Society in Watton has given donations to three local charities - Museum4Watton, Watton Thursday Club and Watton Sports and Recreation Centre. Pictured: representatives of Museum4Watton and Watton Thursday Club, Watton Sports Centre manager Lisa Savage and deputy mayor Stan Hebborn.

Six local charities in Breckland have benefitted from donations from Norwich & Peterborough Building Society.

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Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

An English man was killed when a tractor rolled on to him at his property in Italy, an inquest has heard.

A sign for the ancient Peddars Way. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A farm owner has won planning permission for four units to house pigs on their site despite concerns about the effect of increased traffic on an ancient pathway.

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The annual Wayland gymnastics gala at the Wayland Academy, Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

Young gymnasts were bending over backwards in their aim to be crowned winners in a sports gala.

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Pupils at Watton Infants School have created a new garden as part of their Gardening Club. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A gang of green-fingered youngsters has knuckled down to transform their school’s forlorn garden into a thriving wildlife and plant haven.

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

The head of pork producer Cranswick has called on the government to provide greater clarity over the labour market in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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Watton and Swaffham Sport

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Dean Miller makes a vital challenge during his time at Swaffham - skills Wisbech St Mary will be keen for him to replicate this season. Picture: EDDIE DEANE

Wisbech St Mary will kickstart a new era this afternoon when they officially begin life at their highest-ever level.

The British Touring Cars will be back at Snetterton this weekend. Photo: Submitted

Britain’s biggest car racing series, the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, roars into Snetterton this weekend, where a titanic title battle is set to resume on the Norfolk circuit.

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Jack Defty scores one of his three goals during Swaffham Town's 4-1 win over Newmarket Town at Shoemakers Lane. Picture: Eddie Deane

Experienced striker Jack Defty has re-signed for a second spell with Swaffham Town.

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Robert Purton in bat for Cromer on Saturday. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Batsman Dean Robinson trumped his remarkable 2016 top score to inspire promoted North Runcton’s latest triumph.

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Julie Ellis (centre) received the Secretary's Salver from Richmond Park ladies’ secretary Lesley Davis (left) accompanied by ladies’ captain Lesley Matthews.

Following the torrential rain storm on Referendum Day, when Richmond Park Golf Club was flooded and bridges damaged or entirely washed away, the course understandably was closed for some time.

Watton and Swaffham Events

Gemma Sutton, William Thompson and Michael Crawford in The Go-Between. Photo: Johan Persson

The Go-Between marks Michael Crawford’s long-awaited return to London’s West End. For the musical’s producer Joseph Smith, it’s a return to his Norfolk roots. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage finds out more.

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Gemma Sutton, William Thompson and Michael Crawford in the West End production of The Go-Between. Photo: Johan Persson

That classic Norfolk-set tale of forbidden love, The Go-Between, has been turned into a West End musical starring Michael Crawford. And for the musical’s producer Joseph Smith, it’s a return to his county roots. Wayne Savage finds out more.

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Summer holiday activities: get closer to wildlife at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, practice football skills with Norwich CFS and take part in Junior fun sessions at Highball. (L-R)

Looking for a way to keep your children motivated and active during their break from school? Here are 17 fun things happening across the county that will keep them entertained.

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Scenes from Folk in a Field 2016 at West Acre. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Today is the final day of the festival, which takes place in West Acre near Swaffham.

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Norfolk Entertainment

Blue Joanna restaurant. General manager Ninnie Lear, left, and head chef Tom Thornber.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Inspired by the night markets of Asia and food trucks of America, the demand for street food here at home has rocketed in recent years.

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Friday night guide: Matt Damon star of Jason Bourne which is in cinemas this weekend, jazz singer Tina May who is performing at the Cathedral and comedian Umran Yusuf who will be at Laugh In The Park.

Looking for something to do tonight? Here’s a look at some of the events taking place in the city.

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Sheringham Carnival Queen Jade Roberts and Attendant Emma Louise Glover are pictured with the Carnival Prince and Princess, Ashton Kyle Cole and Mollie Lavina Simmons, following the selection disco. Photo: ALLY McGILVRAY

Ten-year-old Ashton Kyle Cole and Mollie Lavina Simmons, aged 11, were chosen at a selection disco in the community centre.

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The Duck Inn, Stanhoe. Picture: Ian Burt

The Duck Inn, in Stanhoe has been named as the East of England’s Best Restaurant in The Good Food Guide’s Local Restaurant of the Year competition.

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Photographs from the 'David and I...' exhibition. Picture Denis O’Regan.

A UK exhibition tour of many ‘never before seen’ photographs of David Bowie is set to kick-off in Norwich tonight.

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Norfolk Sport

Dylan Edge, front right, found the net at The Walks this afternoon. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

The Linnets rounded off their pre-season programme with a morale-boosting victory against same-level Lowestoft.

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The Hannover fans in Norwich.

Dozens of German football fans caused a stir in Norwich as they marched through the city’s streets ahead of today’s friendly.

Geoff Hurst cracking a shot past goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski to score the final goal of the World Cup Final against West Germany.

Sir Geoff Hurst has heard countless times just where everyone else was when his hat-trick helped England win the 1966 World Cup – and his own memories of those 120 minutes on the pitch at Wembley remain as crisp now as half a century ago.

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Dean Miller makes a vital challenge during his time at Swaffham - skills Wisbech St Mary will be keen for him to replicate this season. Picture: EDDIE DEANE

Wisbech St Mary will kickstart a new era this afternoon when they officially begin life at their highest-ever level.

Robbie Harris
Winner Michael Eccles, centre, is pictured with second and third placed, Richard Bateson, left, and Callum Stanforth. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

More than 400 runners took part in a traditional race to get a Norfolk village’s annual festivities under 
way.

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