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Members of the Chilli Con Salsa dance group after they suprised shoppers in Norwich with a flashmob

Shoppers surprised by Cuban salsa themed flash mob in Norwich

Shoppers in Norwich were given a surprise when a flash mob broke outside of The Forum.

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Ian Hall's great grandfather Frederick William and grandfather Charles Frederick with an early brewing vessel.

Search is launched to find East Anglia’s longest-running family business

They are the companies that help give the region its identity. Now, as a search is launched to try to find East Anglia’s longest-running family business, Jessica Staufenberg seeks out some of those with the deepest roots.

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EDP Sunday back page. A walk along Cromer beach in the midday sun.
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Region to see sharp rise in over 85s with some parts of Norfolk to double by 2037 - but what does it mean for the future?

As new figures reveal the true scale of our ageing population, DAVID POWLES and SABAH MEDDINGS examine the data, and find out what it means for the future of our region

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Surgeon Am Rai

Norwich surgeon elected president of national spine association

Spinal surgeon Am Rai, who operates at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Spire Norwich Hospital, has been elected president of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) by his peers.

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Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species first edition book goes up for auction at Keys Auction Rooms, Aylsham.
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Copy of Darwin’s On The Origin of Species fetches £98,500 at auction

A rare 150-year-old book has fetched £98,500 at auction – almost £40,000 more than expected.

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David Disney speaks at the official opening of the Wymondham Heritage Museum's 2015season.

Eric is honoured for years of service at Wymondham museum opening

When he was just a teenager, a schoolmaster told Eric Thorburn he would almost certainly flunk his history exam.

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Wymondham Leisure centre shows off the new plans to the public.
 Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Final go-ahead for Wymondham Leisure Centre revamp could be given within weeks

A complete revamp of Wymondham Leisure Centre could be given the final go-ahead within weeks.

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Fiona Sharp, community investment manager for Orbit East, with Greg Sadler of Appleseed.

Expansion on the cards for popular Wymondham ‘care farm’ Appleseed

A community initiative which helps adults improve their wellbeing by volunteering on smallholdings is rapidly expanding.

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The Green Dragon in Wymondham has won CAMRA rural pub of the year.
L-r manager, Nick Judge, head Chef Leesa Arrowsmith, landlord Justin Harvey.

Wymondham’s Green Dragon scoops Rural Pub of the Year award for the third time

A historic Wymondham pub has been rated as the best rural pub in the county, after scooping a top award for the third time.

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The Hingham Luncheon Club celebrates running for 30 years, with committee chairman Fran Harrold, front left, and Pat Dore, front right. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Big number 30 marked for Hingham lunch club - on 31st birthday

It is the sort of thing that could easily slip the mind.

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 Four-year-old Maisie Jones of Hingham, whose mum Emma Cooper has started a fundraising appeal for a £40,000 cochlear implant for her as she has unilateral deafness (deaf in one ear). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Hingham mum launches £40,000 appeal to help Maisie, four, get new hearing aid to help her at school

The worried mum of a little girl who is deaf in one ear has launched a £40,000 appeal to buy a new hearing aid which will stop her falling behind at school.

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Cromer has a growing reputation as a surf venue - and the town's Wet Dog surf shop in Cromer has teamed up with bead makers Nalu to seek a design for the town. Kay Weston from the shop models some beads from other venues. 


Plea to design for a bracelet bead that sums up the surfing resort of Cromer

It is a bead that will put Cromer alongside the world’s famous surfing hot spots - on somebody’s wrist.

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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarksons contract will not be renewed

Is the BBC right not to renew Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s contract?

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed after a physical altercation with a producer, the BBC has announced.

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Michael Heseltine at Easton & Otley College to look at the progression of their new construction centre. Pictured with Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP, Sally Bendall, chair of governors and Christina Sadler interim principal. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norfolk college building foundations for the future praised by Lord Heseltine

Work on a construction training centre for the next generation of bricklayers and builders in Norfolk was formally acknowledged by a visit from political heavyweight Lord Michael Heseltine.

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