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Missing Norwich man found by police

A 54-year-old man reported missing from Norwich has been found alive and well by police.

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Geoffrey Hodson, 92, enjoying his exercises at Gym 121 with personal trainer and owner Brad Williams. Geoffrey could barely walk and had a hunched back and is now greatly improved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Ninety-two and still fighting fit - how exercise helped cure Geoffrey’s hunched back

At first glance, Geoffrey Hodson does not appear to be your typical fitness fanatic.

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Pictured with the restored village sign is parish council chairman councillor Linda Brooks, left of the sign, artist and sign restorer Fiona Davies, right of the sign, and Persimmon Homes Anglia managing director Andrew Fuller, centre right, along with village residents and councillors.

Developer steps in to restore village’s much-loved sign

A Norfolk village has proudly restored its village sign thanks to a £600 donation from Persimmon Homes Anglia.

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Kelly Owen will be entering an international competition later this year.

Norwich model hoping for international crown in swimsuit competition

A Norwich woman is on her way to achieving her modelling dream after being crowned the winner of a national competition,

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Despite torrential rain the two teams line up for a photo before the kick off at Les King's charity football match in Wymondham. Picture: Peter Steward

Downpours fail to dampen high spirits at Wymondham charity football match

Downpours failed to dampen Wymondham’s charitable spirit at a fundraising football match for a local cause.

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Top row (left to right): Vroom Vroom, The Dragtabulous Delores, Spidy, Fun Square, Draco, GoGoHoratio. Bottom row (left to right): Steam - The Clockwork Dragon, Crypto, Oakley, Dragle, Drewscilla Dragon, Stormy.

Vote for your favourite GoGoDragon! - Week Three

We want to know which GoGoDragon! is Norwich’s most popular and, with four dragons already through to the grand final, it’s time for the third week of voting.

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Despite the miserable weather visitors and participants try to make the most of the second day of the Little Ellingham Vintage Working Show.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Agricultural show to raise cash for the air ambulance in memory of talented horse-lover Mary Hancy

A two-day agricultural rally will this year raise charity cash in memory of a horse-lover who died while grooming an animal.

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Christine Callaghan (L), 62, one of the Sousse attacks surviviors, hugs her husband Tony at a hospital in Sousse, Tunisia, 26 June 2015. Photo: EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

North Walsham man speaks of “guilt” during Tunisia terror attack

A Norfolk man who was injured in the Tunisia beach shooting has spoken of his “guilt” about not being able to reach his wounded wife.

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Howard Bailey completes his 12 miles run along a route to every GoGoDragon on the trail, finishing with Stormy at the Racecourse Castle Carvery, Salhouse Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Solicitor runs the dragon gauntlet around Norwich

If you thought that walking Norwich’s GoGoDragons! Trail was an exhausting task, then spare a thought for solicitor Howard Bailey.

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Clint Brown shows his wife Dianne her finished garden at Helena Road which was made over by her family and friends while she was in hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

‘I cried when I saw it for the first time’ - friends step in for Norwich garden makeover

When Dianne Brown left her home for a brief hospital stay for her ongoing cancer treatment, her garden in Norwich was a mess of weeds, dilapidated sheds and accumulated clutter.

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Jamie Oliver at his restaurant in Norwich in 2012. Photo: Bill Smith

Diner hit by insects falling from ceiling of Jamie Oliver’s Norwich restaurant

A 48-year-old man has described the moment insects started falling out of the ceiling at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Norwich on Wednesday.

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Owner Victoria MacDonald at The Cellar House is hoping to offer a post office service in the pub, as Eaton's post office is due to close.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Eaton pub moves in to save Post Office

People might have the chance to order a pint alongside their postage stamps in Eaton next year.

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The Thorpe Recreation Bowling Club, where the club are in dispute with the council over the club house lease. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Thorpe bowling club in row over its clubhouse lease

A dispute has broken out between members of Thorpe Recreation Bowling Club and the town council.

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Children from the Wymondham cluster enjoying the festival day of their Every Child is a Writer Project.

Children’s writing project in Wymondham hailed a success after first run

A six-month project encouraging young people to find the joy in writing has been hailed a success.

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Laura Vaughan who has started a new business called Cook from Scratch.

Taverham woman aiming to get the county cooking

In today’s fast-paced society it is increasingly common for people to dine on a takeaway meal rather than a healthy home-cooked dinner.

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