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Runners taking part in the charity run organised by Matthew Pamplin, 2nd right, and Katie Hales of the Earlham Arms, for the Oesophageal Patients Association. With them from left, Edward Cheong, consultant oesophageal and gastric surgeon; Dimitri Pournras, oesophageal and gastric registrar; and Andrew Hart, consultant gastroenterologist. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Landlord and lady organise run to raise money for charity

Matthew Pamplin and his partner Katie Hale have so far raised nearly £1,000 for the Oesophageal Patients Association by organising a run.

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Laura Spurling has celebrated her 100th birthday at Witton. Pictured with Lyn and Mike Linley, and Val Etheridge, left, owner of Heron Lea. Photo: Bill Smith

Celebrations as Laura completes eventful and challenging 100 years

She’s lived through the ends of both world wars, and seen the coronation of the Queen.

And Laura Spurling’s own 100 years have been as eventful – with the centenarian still entertaining staff at the care home she now resides in.

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Award winning Norwich author Kris Holt. Photo: Steve Adams

Norwich author Kris Holt wins writing award at festival aiming to raise awareness of mental health

A Norwich author is celebrating today after winning an international writing award which aims to challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.

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Norwich United under 8s showing their support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal with their Poppies4Kits poppy. Picture: SUBMITTED.

Sports clubs in Norfolk urged to back the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal with the help of Poppies4Kits fabric patches

Clubs and organisations in Norwich are being urged get sticking in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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Johnson Street, Ludham.

Update: Male pedestrian dies following crash in Ludham

A pedestrian has died after being involved in a crash on the A1062 in Ludham.

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Children and their families enjoying the new King's Head Meadow play area at Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Wymondham parents brand new play area noise complaints ‘pathetic’ - as its future comes under threat

Parents in Wymondham have branded the idea of removing a new play area as “pathetic”.

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Proposed J. D. Wetherspoon pub in North Walsham. Citizen Advice Bureau manager Steve Marsham.

Opinion divided over North Walsham pub plans

Opinion is divided over plans for a pub chain to create a new public house in North Walsham.

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Cheraleigh Van Zanten is asking for the votes to help her progress through the Miss England competition

Miss England contestant needs votes to make it to next round

A university student from Long Stratton needs your help and support to secure a place in the Miss England 2015 semi-final.

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Susan Gunn at her new exhibition at the Norwich University College of the Arts Gallery.

Artist Susan Gunn to return to Norwich to create 20-metre painting

An internationally acclaimed artist who studied in Norwich has been chosen to design an £11.6m project at the University of East Anglia.

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Hannah Witheridge, of Hemsby.

Families of Burmese workers accused of murdering Norfolk’s Hannah Witheridge said they are innocent

The families of the Burmese workers accused of the murder of two British tourists in Thailand last month have said they are innocent, claiming the case has been rigged against them.

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Members of the Well Artists, artists who have experienced mental distress, with their exhibition at the Forum. From left, Lynda Waterson, Rory Bowskill, Matthew Tullett, and Madeleine Pickett.  Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Artists with mental health issues showcase their skills in Norwich exhibition

United by a love of creativity, a group of artists with mental health issues organised their second major exhibition in the city centre after the first one was so successful.

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David Robb, who stars as Dr Clarkson in Downton Abbey, with his wife Briony McRoberts - who killed herself last year after suffering from anorexia. Photo: Alan Davidson

Downton Abbey star David Robb to appear at eating disorder service at Norwich Cathedral

A service of dedication for lives lost to an eating disorder is to be held at Norwich Cathedral as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for the charity Beat.

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Fireworks light up the sky above Norwich Castle at the Big Boom 2013. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norwich’s Big Boom returns but no fireworks in Earlham Park this year

Earlham Park will not play host to a firework display this year. But the free Big Boom event will once again be held in the city centre.

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Children and their families enjoying the new King's Head Meadow play area at Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Brand new equipment at £75,000 playground could be torn down following complaints about noisy children

It should be a sound which brings joy to those who hear it - evoking forgotten memories of carefree childhood afternoons. But complaints over noisy children at a new play area in Wymondham have sparked a heated row, which could see the equipment torn down - just five weeks after it was built.

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The Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library in the Forum. Photo: Paul Hewitt

Antique books, museums, libraries in the firing line for council’s cultural cuts

The first details of how the latest round of budget cuts at Norfolk County Council could hit cultural services have been revealed.

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