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Members of a Diss bike club have cycled more than 400 miles to Belgium to remember soldiers who died 100 years ago in the First World War.

Police appeal after arson

Norfolk police are appealing for information following an arson in Diss.

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Eric Bristow and Lord Baker of Little Moulton at the Star Throwers darts match in Wymondham.

Ticket sales for the inaugural BetVision Norwich Charity Darts Masters have proven to be extremely popular, its organiser has said.

Flag Force member Robin Twigge

A campaign has been launched in Harleston to help boost a traditional summer sight above the town.

South Norfolk Council
Glyn and Joyce Catchpole

A south Norfolk couple who met at primary school have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

East Harling Primary School

Parents whose children missed out on a place at their village primary school have been told a second reception class will be introduced to make room for them.

Norfolk County Council
There has been a fire at Archbishop Sancroft High School. Photograph Simon Parker

A Norfolk high school had to be briefly evacuated today after a fire broke out in some toilets.


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Diss Sport

Mon, 11:39

Norwich United will attempt to clinch a league and cup double this afternoon and sign off the most successful season in their history.

Fours Winners, from left, Louise Knights, Jackie Devitt, president Anne Read, Louise Catchpole and Bex Field.

President Anne Read of Norfolk Bowling Club hosted the finals of the Norfolk County Women’s Indoor Bowling Association 2014-15 Club and County Indoor Bowls competitions.

Diss on the front foot during Saturdays play-off showdown against Chiswick at Mackenders. Picture: JOHN BULLOCH

Diss suffered play-off heartbreak as visitors Chiswick slotted over a late penalty to secure a place in London One North next season.

Mitch Forbes scored for Yarmouth at Saffron Walden.

Ricci Butler insists Great Yarmouth Town’s season is far from over, despite the agony of missing out on promotion to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Dylan Edge
Action from Great Yarmouth shock 3-0 home defeat to Debenham last weekend. Picture: James Bass

There are no promotion play-offs in the Thurlow Nunn League – but the final round of matches in Division One has thrown up a mouth-watering winner-takes-all showdown with a place in the top flight at stake.

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Diss Events

The Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders brought to life with Horrible Histories. Picture: Darren Bell.

Terry Deary’s pretty much universally adored Horrible Histories returns with two new shows, plus comedy with a political slant, Handel’s Messiah and more, SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

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Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley get set for this years Theatre Royal panto Snow White.

The region may be enjoying blue skies and blazing sunshine, but preparations for the festive season are well under way at Norwich Theatre Royal – oh yes they are!

Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby

Twenties decadence is brought to the stage in Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby, plus comedy from Andy Parsons, Jimmy Webb, theatre, opera and art, SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

United Kingdom
Richard Gauntlett as Smee and Ben Langley as Starkey in 2014-15 pantomime Peter Pan at Norwich Theatre Royal.

A comedy duo who entertained Norwich audiences last Christmas in Peter Pan are set to return to the Theatre Royal later this year for the 2015 Christmas show.

Bressingham steam

A south Norfolk tourist railway station is going full steam head and embrace all things Steampunk next weekend.

Norfolk Entertainment

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas - Cameron Duncan as Bruno and Sam Peterson as Shmuel

The brutal ordinariness of mass murder is the challenging topic of this play, which charts the strange relationship that builds up between nine-year-old German boy Bruno and his young Jewish friend Shmuel, the two seemingly so similar – except for the concentration camp fence that separates them.

Bruce Forsyth

What drives an 87-year-old man to spend two hours on a Norwich stage? For Sir Bruce Forsyth, the answer seems to be a genuine love of entertaining.

Esther, from Cie Willi Dorner, performing in the outside arches of Norwich Train Station at the launch event for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo : Steve Adams.

With just days to go until festival fun descends upon the city and county, a curtain-raiser spectacle at Norwich Train Station has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase “just hanging around.”

Norwich City Council events team, left to right, Lewis Cook, Clare Hubery, Liz Howard and Helen Selleck. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

It took 10 years of asking, three years of talking, and months of planning – and now it’s time to make sure you get the most from Europe’s biggest free festival in Norwich.

Norwich City Council
LightScape: James Turrell at Houghton. Pictured is First Light - Etchings in Aquatint 1989-90. Photo: Pete Huggins.

The stage has been set for a world class contemporary art exhibition that is to open at one of Norfolk’s historic halls next month.

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Norfolk Sport

Gorleston captain Andrew Howell lifts the Norfolk Senior Cup after beating Wroxham at Carrow Road last season. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich City’s qualification for the Sky Bet Championship play-offs has caused three Norfolk cup finals to be rearranged – although all three will still be played at Carrow Road.

Nicklas Porsing helped the Stars end their mini search for an away win in 2015. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

King’s Lynn raced to their first away win of the season at bottom club Leicester last night, with the 50-34 scoreline consolidating their position in the top half of the Elite League.

Kenneth Bjerre
Cromer Lifeboat Cup Final - winners Runton United. Picture; RICHARD BATSON

Runton United have completed a hat trick of Cromer Lifeboat Cup wins.

Billy Martin, 53, celebrates the first ever Patriots touchdown against Harlow on December 2, 1984.

American football’s bright future in King’s Lynn is closely linked to its former glories, as reporter Gavin Caney discovered.

Gavin Caney
Kenneth Bjerre. Picture: IAN BURT

Rob Lyon admits he is growing increasinly concerned by Kenneth Bjerre’s indifferent start to the season.

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