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Yesterday, 16:45
Shirley Weymouth

The funeral of former Great Yarmouth Borough Council chief executive Jane Ratcliffe has taken place in Diss.

Dance Estelle show at the Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

For the packed audience at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome it was an irresistible invitation: Let’s Dance.

Dusty Miller who celebrates his 80th birthday this week and celebrating almost 60 years on the beach in Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

They may not be from the Antarctic but even the South American Humboldt penguins at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre were sweltering a bit in the recent heat. Luckily for the eight-strong flock of penguins living on our east coast, their quick-thinking keepers have set up a refreshing cold water shower to help cool down and all this week have been preparing tasty iced fish cakes to keep the critters chilly enough for comfort.

NHS
James and Joanne Dudley who were staying in Sousse in Tunia when the gunman opened fire on the beach a few metres away

A Bradwell couple who were caught up in the Tunisian beach terror attack said they feel lucky to have survived - as they left the beach just minutes before the gunman opened fire.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council
British first Syedra Mymicarum that has been found in Winterton Dunes.

A species of spider new to Britain has been discovered in Norfolk. But arachnophobes need not be worried as the eight legged creature measures just 1.6mm in length.

United Kingdom
The East Anglian Air Ambulance. Picture: Ian Burt

A man was airlifted to hospital after falling 20ft from a ladder in Acle.

England Ambulance Service
RNLI lifeguards return to Norfolk's beaches this peak season

RNLI lifeguards will return to Wells-next-the-Sea, Hemsby and East Runton beaches this weekend in a sign that summer is in full swing.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

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Great Yarmouth Sport

Yesterday, 12:27
Diss Town

Non-league teams competing in the FA Trophy and FA Vase competitions have today discovered who they will face in the early rounds this season.

Non-league teams begin the road to Wembley in the FA Cup extra preliminary round. Picture: PA

Non-league teams entering the FA Cup have today discovered who they will face in the early qualifying rounds in the world’s most famous cup competition.

Diss Town
Mark Garrett, of Norwich Road Runners, smiling for the photographer.

Overwhelmed was the response of race director Pat Brightman to the record 519 entries in the eight Humpty Dumpty 10K, which included Louis Miller who aged 85 finished with daughter Sarah.

Norwich

Four signings for Bloaters

Yesterday, 11:16

Great Yarmouth Town Football club joint first team managers Adam Mason and Martyn Sinclair have been organising playing staff for the 2015/16 season by securing the majority of last season’s squad and bringing in new signings.

Brian Whitwood on his way to top scoring for Elmham with a fine 73. Picture: MIKE WYATT

After some wet weather of late, the sun shone on the cricketers and several sides took full advantage, writes Mike Ridout.

Mike Ridout

Great Yarmouth Events

Sara Pascoe. Comedian. Photo: Edward Moore.

Comedian and writer Sara Pascoe - recognisable from Live at the Apollo, 8 of 10 Cats and Mock the Week - is the latest in a series of headliners to top the bill at the monthly WCB Comedy nights at St George’s Theatre in Great Yarmouth.

United Kingdom
Toyah Wilcox will be appearing at St George's Theatre this autumn

St George’s have released their new brochure for the rest of the year and what an array of shows they have coming up.

The Pantaloons are staging Pride and Predjudice at Fairhaven, South Walsham

Jane Austen’s literary classic Pride and Prejudice gets the full Pantaloons treatment in an innovative new adaptation, being performed at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in South Walsham tonight (Friday).

Megan Storer

Talented flautist Megan Storer, winner of the prestigious Senior Recital and Festival Musician of the Year Awards at the 2015 Competitive Festival, is set to delight her audience with her excellent playing once again.

Cambridge
Westcoast

Westcoast are not another tribute act, they are an entertainment experience celebrating the iconic music of The Beach Boys.

United States

Norfolk Entertainment

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
The Script at Thetford Forest - Lee Blanchflower/99PROBS Music Media

Chart-topping Dubliners The Script were back at Thetford last night to kick-start a weekend of big-name open-air concerts at the forest venue.

Val Doonican (right) with Arthur Askey in 1967.

A Norwich theatre has paid tribute to Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican who has died aged 88.

Val Doonican (right) with Arthur Askey in 1967.

Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican has died aged 88.

BBC
Tom Odell set to appear at Thetford Forest

Tom Odell is among the performers at this year’s gigs at Thetford Forest, plus comedy, the Britten Sinfonia’s talented youngsters and an outdoor Pride and Prejudice. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

Norwich

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Norfolk Sport

Ady Gallagher, manager of Lowestoft Town. 
Picture by Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Ltd

Lowestoft Town will return to league action with a home game against AFC Telford United to kick-off their new campaign.

Craig Fleming
First day of the Royal Norfolk Show 2015. The new NCFC kit for the 2015/16 season.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich City FC has announced that its new home kit has smashed the club record for first-day sales.

Taverham Hall's first XI won their county cup final against Thorpe St Andrew. Pictured, back row from left, is: Charlie Greeves, Eddie Darley, William Woodhead, Ben Blowers, Elliot Fox, Saxon Earley, George Harrad; front Ben Chapman, Oliver Liston, Ben Granville, Louis Hart.

Congratulations have been sent to young cricketers at Taverham Hall School from one of English cricket’s best-known personalities.

BBC
Kings Lynns Carl Breeze locks up as he strains to keep Ollie Jackson, formally from Attleborough, at bay during his GT Supercup weekend at Croft. Picture: Jakob Ebrey

Carl Breeze demonstrated a championship-winning mentality with a storming comeback drive in the opening Ginetta Supercup GT4 race at Croft in North Yorkshire.

Stars riders watching heat fifteen. Picture: Ian Burt

An incredible last-heat advantage from Robert Lambert and Niels-Kristian Iversen preserved the Stars’ unbeaten home record in 2015.

King's Lynn

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