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Population: 3,550

Nearby Towns: Cromer, Fakenham, Sheringham

Modern day Holt was shaped in 1708 when a fire destroyed most of the medieval town, and saw it replaced by the Georgian street scene that is part of its charm today.

Its famous independent school Gresham’s dates back even further to 1555, and boasts former pupils ranging from composer Benjamin Britten to bagless vacuum cleaner inventor Sir James Dyson

The town is a Mecca for shoppers due to its range of independent traders including department store Bakers and Larners.

On its doorstep is Holt Country Park and one end of the North Norfolk Railway heritage railway line.

A laugh-out-loud coming of age comedy about sexual identity that was a hit at last year’s Holt Festival is being rolled out across the county.

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The Sheringham Post Office is advising their customers to get packages away by 1pm today before the shop closes for refurbishment.

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Another North Norfolk district councillor has quit the Conservative group, in the latest in a string of similar resignations.

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Hundreds of homes are without power in north Norfolk.

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A new residential development comprising 52 new homes could be built on land to the north-east of Hempstead Road in Holt.

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The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has become quite a cult figure among the young and Granny Corbyn - in the shape of a north Norfolk schoolgirl - came to the rescue in Aldborough Primary School’s Christmas show.

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Police are linking a number of incidents where cars were damaged in High Kelling, near Holt.

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Gresham’s Girls have recorded a second single, a cover version of the Depeche Mode song, Enjoy the Silence, to help raise money for school charities.

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The East Anglian air ambulance landed at a playing field in Briston in North Norfolk yesterday afternoon.

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An image of a row of sanderlings with their heads tucked under their wings was one of the winners at a photography competition.

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A slimmer lost 7st after being shamed into action following a frightening wake-up call on a Welsh mountain.

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They’ve done it again. Shortly after winning a competition against nine other clubs in the Fens, North Norfolk Photographic Society has beaten three more local camera clubs in a competition.

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A north Norfolk school has new double-glazed windows and doors worth £12,000 at its new outdoor learning centre, thanks to a donation from Anglian Home Improvements.

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Sentimental jewellery including an engraved 18ct gold bangle was stolen in a burglary in Holt.

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The number of people seeking help at the Cromer and district foodbank rose by 15pc this year.

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Three Big Finish audio dramas - one featuring the late Sir John Hurt - have been nominated for the BBC Audio Drama Awards.

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Years of work to prevent people in Norfolk being isolated could be undone if half a million pounds is cut from subsidies for bus routes, one of the region’s major operators has warned.

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He has spent a good part of the past 40 years serving his community and helping good causes around the world through Rotary.

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A wildlife photographer who travelled to the Falkland Islands to take pictures of penguins has been sharing his wisdom with a north Norfolk society.

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Visitors can choose from a range of Christmas present ideas at the Norfolk Christmas Fair at the Great Barn at Oxnead Hall, near Aylsham.

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Hundreds of people watched as Santa swapped his sleigh for a vintage red tractor, as he rode into Holt towing a trailer carrying Mary, Joseph and an elf for the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

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Pupils at a north Norfolk school created a poignant tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.

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The family of a Norfolk actor have removed a bench placed in a Holt park in his memory after repeated vandalism.

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He’s more used to pony tails on an actual pony but four-year-old Kaiden Griffin looked quite at home for a hairdressing job with a difference.

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With the clocks going back and Halloween on the horizon this is a good time to celebrate darkness - and some of the blackest skies can be seen in north Norfolk.

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Two crews attended Byfords B&B on Shirehall Plain in Holt this afternoon.

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Latched On, a new breastfeeding café and clinic, opens in Holt on Wednesday, November 1, and aims to meet the lack of services in north Norfolk.

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We take a look at the finalists in the Skills of Tomorrow category of the EDP Business Awards 2017.

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The third annual Holt 1940s weekend raised thousands of pounds for charity.

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More signalling experience days will be held by North Norfolk Railway (NNR) next year.

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It was a day of celebration after an outcome that many people thought was impossible.

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A couple celebrating their 60th anniversary said “enjoying life” was the secret to a happy and long marriage.

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British lifestyle brand Joules is relocating its Holt store to a bigger and better site - and creating four new jobs.

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Anthony Baker didn’t choose the director’s life – the director’s life chose him.

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Tributes have been paid to David Shepherd, the former owner of North Norfolk Railway’s (NNR) popular Black Prince locomotive, who has died.

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People are being offered the chance to go behind the scenes where the late Sir John Hurt and Lesley Garrett performed in Holt.

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Three sheep have been killed and a further 16 injured in a field just off Holt Road in Gresham.

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A bakery which supplies cakes to the royal palaces is hoping to present a sweet offering to its regular customers with a new rewards club.

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A voluntary-led breastfeeding café and clinic run by mums and professionals is opening soon in Holt.

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A charity runner is taking part in the Somewhere under the Sun 2017 event over two days to raise money for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s Jenny Lind and NICU departments.

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He’s credited with saving the family business from being sold in the 1970s - and Anthony Baker has finally retired after 44 years as a director at Bakers and Larners in Holt.

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If you enjoy starry skies and want to discover the dark, then head down to two places in north Norfolk.

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Children at the Pilgrim Federation of primary schools in north Norfolk have a lot of activities to look forward to this year, including a live radio broadcast.

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Every possible vantage point was taken by people desperate to see steam locomotive 90775 haul a special train from the North Norfolk Railway (NNR) at Sheringham, after its revamp.

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A field in north Norfolk may not be the first place you would think to look for bejewelled relics, but one Norfolk resident was just that lucky.

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North Norfolk District Council has been urged to check the potential health impact on residents, and push for the least physically demanding option, should the Hornsea Project Three development be built 120km off the coast.

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The region’s biggest green lifestyle event, organised by North Norfolk District Council, is back.

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Passenger numbers were “good” at North Norfolk Railway’s autumn steam gala, despite one of the guest locomotives not being present.

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North Norfolk is set to be transported back in time for a celebration of the style, culture and character of the wartime era.

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August Bank Holiday is fast approaching and along with it comes the much anticipated three-day spectacle, north Norfolk’s friendliest festival, Trunchonbury.

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As diamond wedding anniversaries go, this celebration has to be one of the most unusual.

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Man in his 60s dies in Holt town centre

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The air ambulance was called to reports that a man in his 60s was suffering a cardiac arrest in Holt town centre - sadly, the man died.

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Students are celebrating at Sheringham High School after it recorded a 70pc pass rate at A*-C grades in its A-Level results.

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Volunteers have raised concerns about the future of a once thriving youth project after workers’ hours were cut.

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A North Norfolk couple opened their garden to the public and raised £475 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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The homeless have a new benefactor in a Holt woman who is visiting music festivals in the region to collect discarded bedding and clothes to keep people warm this winter.

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It has been described as one of the most important cultural events in Norfolk, and Holt Festival’s outgoing artistic director said it had “great prospects” for the future.

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Conservation organisers and individuals are in a race against time to discover the special wildlife on North Norfolk’s coast.

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A pub that appeared to have the sword of Damocles hanging over it has risen like a phoenix from the ashes, and a new tearoom and deli are now being opened there.

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Little Daisy Pearson was just three months old when painful blisters started to inexplicably appear on her skin.

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What it’s like to grow up gay and working class in seemingly affluent north Norfolk.

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A new residential development in Holt will meet some of the demand for affordable homes, North Norfolk District Council’s cabinet member for housing, Richard Price said.

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High-street bank Santander has announced it’s closing its branch in Church Street, Cromer in September.

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Archery, street dance, and football are among a wide range of sports and activities on offer for youngsters during the summer holidays.

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Fears were raised that it was the end of an era when an annual arts festival in north Norfolk came to an end after 33 years.

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A holiday cottage operator has reported a bumper crop of summer bookings as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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A small leading lady will take to the stage opposite a tall leading man when the Mundesley Players starts its musical comedy run of ‘The Pirates of Pen’s Aunts’.

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The rise of a holiday letting business and importance of an online presence in the tourism industry will be the focus of a breakfast event.

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Youngsters in Sheringham were among those helped by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to carry out litter picks.

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It dates back to King John’s time - but this year the Aldborough fair in north Norfolk was a ‘no’ show.

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Have you seen this wanted man?

Friday, June 23, 2017

A man is wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

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North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb knows his first opponent in the Liberal Democrats’ leadership race should he stand.

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Patients and their families can now enjoy a peaceful haven at Kelling Hospital, near Holt, after new gardens were opened.

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North Norfolk Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Lamb has received the backing of Queen legend Brian May, ahead of the General Election.

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Golfers are being urged to tee off in an event to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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Labour candidate for North Norfolk Stephen Burke has backed his leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for Theresa May to quit over police cuts, in light of the recent terrorist attacks.

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A brave member of staff at a petrol station in north Norfolk refused a man cash from the till and he left empty-handed.

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North Norfolk’s waste contract is up for grabs with the authority looking to make savings on the current arrangement.

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A social housing provider has secured a £20m funding package to support plans to build 700 new homes, comprising flats and houses, in Norfolk over the next four years.

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The Labour candidate for North Norfolk is predicting a “bleak” future for many older people should the Tories win on June 8.

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Electricity has been generated for the first time at the Race Bank offshore wind farm, off the north Norfolk coast.

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The last of Norfolk’s eel catchers will reminisce about their lives in a film premiere being shown as part of a series of free events.

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James Wild, North Norfolk Conservative parliamentary candidate, today formally launched his campaign in Cromer with party activists before a day of canvassing voters.

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A action photograph of kayaking won Karen Spence the novice prize in north Norfolk.

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This will be a familiar sight on the roads of North Norfolk this month.

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Twenty-three residents at a north Norfolk care home, which was placed in special measures after being rated inadequate, have just days to find alternative accommodation after it unexpectedly announced it was closing.

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The Liberal Democrats held their own in the county council elections in North Norfolk, while the UK vote collapsed.

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A law student from north Norfolk has been named the Open UniversityLaw Student of the Year 2016 at a special event in Westminster.

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It’s been revered by generations of pupils as a painting of Sir John Gresham, the founder of the Holt school that bears his name.

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Thousands of people - plus a few dogs - have been heading to polling stations in North Norfolk to cast their votes in the county council elections.

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The Labour Party has named Stephen Burke as its candidate for North Norfolk at the June 8 general election.

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A north Norfolk church has been targeted by lead thieves for the second time in about eight weeks.

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A pro-EU pressure group plans to support Liberal Democrat North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb at the general election.

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A report into shopping habits in north Norfolk has revealed mixed results with some town centres faring well and others in need of improvements.

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Did you know that one of the infamous Cambridge spies went to Gresham’s in Holt?

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North Norfolk’s Kerri Clarke, 32, has been training hard ahead of the London Marathon.

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A man who last conquered the London Marathon over 10 years ago is to run again following the unexpected death of his wife.

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A new free event in north Norfolk spotlighting the county’s finest food, arts, crafts and drinks proved successful and far exceeded its organiser’s expectations.

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Work starts on 213 new homes in Holt

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Housing developer Lovell has started work on a £58m development comprising 213 new homes in Holt.

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