Nigel Pickover

Dear reader, it is an honour to write to you for the first time as editor of the Eastern Daily Press newspaper and website.

EDP editor-in-chief Nigel Pickover sends festive greetings as he gears up for retirement after a 44-year career on regional and national daily newspapers.

They’re the lifeguards who saved your neighbour’s son from drowning and the midwives who helped your sister give birth.

Lifeboat men and women stationed across Norfolk and Waveney, who regularly risk their lives to save others, both in and offshore, were honoured for their work at an awards ceremony last night.

It was an evening of proud smiles, tears of joy, laughter and a few surprises.

Voices raised the roof at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich at the Eastern Daily Press Festival of Carols.

He is one of Norfolk’s great cultural champions who in his 25 years at the helm of Norwich Theatre Royal has brought big shows to the city, overseen a major revamp of the venue, and championed theatre education.

The two charities were picked out of a multitude of applications, and will both be giving the tickets to families they help to support.

After more than 44 years working on daily newspapers, Nigel Pickover, Editor-in-Chief of the Eastern Daily Press, and editor of the Ipswich Star for 16 years, has announced he will be retiring at the end of 2016.

Judges have made their visits, compared their notes – and the results are in.

Last year’s EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards night was the biggest ever held, and this year we’re aiming to go one better.

Norfolk’s birds and beaches; mermaids and dragons; the county’s rich history and its fantastical future; the Olympics and even the BBC and Truckfest, were just some of the themes and topics which inspired more than 200 children to put their imagination and creative writing skills to the test and enter the inaugural Write On Norfolk competition this summer.

A series of attacks on the historic round-tower church of St George’s, deep in Norfolk’s greensward, has left locals bemused and angry. Nigel Pickover reports.

A mix of dragons, castles, beaches and roundabouts enthralled the judges of a creative writing competition when they met to decide the winners.

The scourge of drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel happens every day on our roads.

Love the idea of the Northern Distributor Road around Norwich? Or question the huge cost? Whatever your view, the £180m project is well under way as summer turns to autumn.

The Eastern Daily Press can today announce the finalists for the inaugural Stars of West Norfolk who have been specially selected for their dedication to the community.

A collection of captivating photographs unfurling the county’s history are to go on display in Norwich.

Some show iconic moments in the region’s history - while others simply offer a precious glimpse into decades now past.

An appeal to help victims of the Great Yarmouth fire received its first donations last night. It was launched by the EDP, Great Yarmouth Mercury, Norwich Evening News and Norfolk Community Foundation and followed a successful appeal after a blaze swept Fakenham town centre in May 2014. EDP editor Nigel Pickover said the aim was to provide an immediate “fighting fund” to help those with desperate needs – and hoped some help could be given as early as next week. He said he hoped between £10,000 and £15,000 could be raised and appealed to the Norfolk business community to help.

Now is the time to honour the true gems of your community by helping to give them the recognition they deserve.

Whether young, old or somewhere in between, everybody has the opportunity to contribute to our community and help make it a better place to live.

A chance to enjoy the magic of seeing your words in print is today being offered by the EDP.

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