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Over the four years of the centenary of the First World War, this site will be bringing you extensive coverage of the commemorations, as well as stories from the conflict.

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All Saints Green in yesteryear. Picture: Archant Library

All Saints Green; Today it is at the heart of the latest controversial road closure scheme but more than 30 years ago the late Norwich historian and author Geoffrey Goreham wrote in the Evening News: “If ever a road needs the therapy of pedestrianisation it is All Saints Green.”

GREAT YARMOUTH

HOLIDAY MAKERS TAKING A TRIP ON THE WATERWAYS

DATED  AUGUST 21ST 1955 OR 1956

PLATE  P2199
FOA Aug 2014

Plans to restore a unique tourist attraction to its former glory have been given a boost after receiving a £1.7m grant.

Heroic leader: Henry Blogg was the inspiration behind the rescue of 11 survivors from the wrecked Fernebo, an exploit which earned him the first of three Gold medals during his extraordinary RNLI career.

Steve Snelling tells the story of how lifeboatman Henry Blogg lef his Cromer crew to perform a celebrated double rescue in January 1917.

Norwich Castle.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

More than 50,000 visitors are set to have enjoyed Norwich Castle’s exhibition of the work of pioneering photographer Olive Edis by the time the show closes later this month.

Parting shot: Jack Osborn and his wife Margaret pictured outside their Winnipeg home in May 1940. According to the handwritten note on the back, it was taken just before he left for garrison duty in the West Indies.

STEVE SNELLING tells the story of Jack Osborn’s astonishing bravery to protect the lives of his comrades.

Ben Webster, design, conservation and landscape manager for Norwich City Council and founder of Norwich's nooks and crannies tour, on Grout's Thoroughfare in Norwich. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

Hidden secrets from Norwich’s rich past will be in the spotlight thanks to a trio of new city centre walks.

Merseyside police and specialist heir hunters Finders International joined forces to locate the surviving family of decorated WWI soldier, Corporal Francis Mitchell, from Yorkshire, and reunite them with his Victory Medal after it was found in Liverpool on June 6 2014. 
Pictured is 
Daniel Curran (founder of Finders International) holding a photo of Corporal Francis Mitchell and the medal. Photo: Gavin Trafford.

The medal of a decorated First World War hero is being returned to his surviving family following a quest that started in Liverpool and finished in Norfolk.

Norfolk hero: Frederick Elliott 'Boots' Hotblack, the six-times decorated and five-times wounded citizen soldier and 'man of mystery' who helped change the face of modern day warfare.

Steve Snelling tells the remarkable story of First World War hero Frederick Elliott ‘Boots’ Hotblack

Antic Disposition will present Shakespeare�s Henry V at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday, February 18.
Photo: � Scott Rylander 2016

A production of Shakespeare’s Henry V is to be performed at Norwich Cathedral next year as part of a nationwide tour.

Zepp hunter: Egbert ‘Bertie’ Cadbury, heir to the great chocolate-manufacturing business and the airman chiefly responsible for the destruction of Zeppelin L21 off Lowestoft a century ago.

In late November 1916, Great Yarmouth-based airmen exacted partial revenge for the historic Zeppelin attack on the town in January 1915. Steve Snelling recounts a story of dauntless courage and distinctions unfairly distributed.

Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 8 October 2016 to 22 January 2017
Motor Ambulance Convoy Commandant Miss Mellor at Etaples, by Olive Edis. Glass plate negative, 1919. 
© Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

More than 18,000 people have so far flocked to see the work of pioneering photographer Olive Edis at a special exhibition at Norwich Castle.

The now-vanished Weybourne Spring Hotel in North Norfolk.

Local historian Chris Weston tells the story of the once-magnificent Edwardian hotel of Weybourne Springs, built for the wealthy but destroyed by the threat of invasion.

Harry Rudling's World War One medals are reunited and returned to his nephew, Jim Rudling, by the Shipdham History Group and team vicar Rev Gill Wells. With Jim from left, Rev Wells, Sue Dewing, Marlene Secker, and Beanie Brown. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

But for over 50 years one family in Shipdham thought that the three medals awarded posthumously to a brave son and brother after his death in the First World War were lost forever.

Youngsters from St Michael’s Junior School in Bowthorpe visit the Battle of the Somme exhibition at The Forum in Norwich. Pic: Kerry Leathley

A new exhibition explores the real lives of soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, with Norwich students having uncovered the stories behind the names engraved on war memorials.

Eight-year-old Ciaran Lambon who wrote a poem for Remembrance Sunday.

All across the county, people have been paying their respects to those who died in the First World War, marking Remembrance Sunday.

Anthony Arthurton, 18, at the grave of First World War gunner Frederick Howett at Earlham Cemetery. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A schoolboy has honoured a local soldier who died in the First World War on the anniversary of his death.

St Mary's Church, Bexwell. Picture: Ian Burt

The life of a 19-year-old who died at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago has been celebrated at Bexwell Church, near Downham Market.

Breaking New Ground has run a project to publish a book on the military history of the Brecks. Snarehill Aerodrome.

The military history which lay dormant in a rural corner of Norfolk is being unearthed in a new publication.

John Needham with some of his collection including Norfolk Yeomanry and Norfolk Regiment unifroms, at a First World War exhibition to mark the Battle of the Somme's centenary, at North Walsham. Picture: Denise Bradley

A century on the Battle of the Somme was the focus of a special First World War exhibition in North Walsham.

John Needham with some of his collection including Norfolk Yeomanry and Norfolk Regiment unifroms, at a First World War exhibition to mark the Battle of the Somme's centenary, at North Walsham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

It was fought over five brutal months with the loss of more than a million dead and wounded on all sides.

Captain Cecil Robert Tidswell

Relatives of First World War flight commander Cecil Tidswell will travel from around the world to unite at the French village of Etricourt to mark the centenary of his death.

Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 8 October 2016 to 22 January 2017.
 Prince Albert (King George VI), by Olive Edis. Glass plate negative, 1920. 
© Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

She was a pioneering photographer who took pictures of everything from First World War battlefields to royalty to the fishermen of north Norfolk.

Young people will be able to learn about the heroes of the First World War as part of a new project by the Forum. Submitted

A new project saluting heroes of the First World War has been given a boost after funding was confirmed.

Jenny González Corujo, conservator at Richard Rogers Conservation Ltd, painting the name panels. Picture: SUBMITTED

An historic Roll of Honour commemorating Norwich’s First World War soldiers will be unveiled on Armistice Day at a city landmark.

Jane Horner is looking for the last five photographs for the book of remembrance kept Caston church, enabling her to complete her work on finding what happened to every name listed on the war memorial from WWI - Harry Cator. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The grandson of a Norfolk veteran will now attend a ceremony in his grandfather’s honour, thanks to a campaign to trace members of the family.

Tim Aldiss with the 100-year-old letter found in the attic of the building next to the old Aldiss store in Fakenham which was destroyed by fire.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A brief, folded letter written more than a century ago to inform a future reader of a snippet of Fakenham’s history survived both the fire which tore through the Aldiss building on the town’s Upper Market in May 2014, and the battle to put it out.

The shipwreck of the Ispolen which has remerged on Sheringham beach. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Norfolk coast is littered wtih dozens of shipwrecks which throughut the years have been discovered by divers or exposed by shifting sands. Here’s a look at some of the most infamous local wreckages, the oldest dating back to the 19th century.

Veteran Broads cruiser 'Harrier' on Blackhorse Broad, Hoveton following its 2016 restoration. Picture: Roger Green

One of the oldest boats on the Broads is back in the water after a two-year absence and major repair work.

Wayland Village Heritage Groups and the Wayland Partnership have published a book, researched with Lottery funding, The Impact of World War One on Wayland: The Story of a Norfolk Community in Wartime. Courtesy of Jan Godfrey

Heritage enthusiasts are celebrating the launch of a new book which explores the effects of the First World War on their communities.

Claud Castleton, from Lowestoft, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in the first world war

The Lowestoft builder’s son with a thirst for adventure had been seeking his fortune in one of the remotest corners of the British empire when war broke out.

A commemorative Victoria Cross stone being unveiled in Lowestoft in memory of Claude Castleton who fought in the First World War.
During the service.

Picture: James Bass

He was an ordinary man who made the most extraordinary of sacrifices on a First World War battlefield.

Corporal Sidney James Day, V.C.

A forgotten hero of the First World War is finally to be honoured with a permanent memorial in the city he called home – 100 years after his extraordinary acts of bravery.

The York Tavern on Leicester Street.

This is the story of two photographs which were displayed on a pub wall in Norwich. Then they disappeared. One reappeared and the other has been lost.... or has it?

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