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10 things I will miss about Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 06:41 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:18 06 June 2018

Weybourne beach. Picture: Ian Burt

Weybourne beach. Picture: Ian Burt

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All good things must come to an end – and after five years working at the Eastern Daily Press, I’ll soon be leaving Norfolk.

A seal on the beach at Hunstanton. Picture: Ian BurtA seal on the beach at Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

In July I’ll be crossing the border into Suffolk for a new role at the East Anglian Daily Times – I know, call me a traitor if you wish.

My time here certainly hasn’t been dull. I’ve written about the quite bizarre – from cows going on the rampage in Heacham to problematic geese in Diss – as well as the heartbreaking and the emotional.

Whoever said Norfolk was sleepy and uneventful was wrong. This county has it all, and it’s certainly tested my versatility as a journalist.

This column will continue once I’ve moved over the border. But for my final column in Norfolk, here are some things I will miss about this wonderful county:

Oxburgh Hall. Picture: PAUL WINNOxburgh Hall. Picture: PAUL WINN

■ The landscape – Norfolk has some of the UK’s finest coastlines and natural habitats. Most areas would be lucky to have one, let alone several.

■ The animals – never have I written so many animal stories in my journalistic career. Agriculture and wildlife are a huge part of Norfolk life, and it is all the richer for it.

■ Events – it’s not all about long walks or sitting in the sun. Whether it is community events or literary festivals, there is something for everyone.

■ The food – you’re never too far away from an award-winning restaurant or cafe, not to mention the finest local produce. My waistline might’ve disagreed at times though...

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church in 2017. Photo: Paul John BayfieldThe Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church in 2017. Photo: Paul John Bayfield

■ The Royals – I might’ve once been politely asked to leave Sandringham in pursuit of a story, but I don’t bear a grudge. Covering Royal events has given me a fascinating insight into a different world. The Windsors, on the other hand, might be glad to see the back of me.

■ Its history – a look round Oxburgh Hall or the Sandringham Estate and you realise Norfolk is steeped in history.

■ Its opportunities – it may be seen as sleepy, but Norfolk is home to world-class universities and global leading companies like Lotus and Palm Paper, not to mention countless firms doing amazing things. Never let it be said there aren’t great opportunities here.

■ The EDP – forgive me for being a little corporate, but I’ve worked for many newspapers and the EDP is easily the best. The county should be proud to have a strong local paper championing its cause.

■ Community pride – few places I’ve been contain people who demonstrate such immense pride in where they live. Quite simply, people care about this part of the world.

■ The people – all of these are great, but they are nothing without the people. This county has some of the most caring, dedicated communities who work tirelessly to bring all its benefits to life. They are what I’ll miss the most.

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