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Population: 4,961

Nearby Towns: Fakenham, King's Lynn, Wells-next-the-Sea

A five-armed friend is returning to Norfolk beaches lending an extra hand to families to help keep their children safe this summer.

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If it’s as hot as they’re forecasting it will be, one thing’s as sure as sunburn this weekend.

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Biker died on ride to Hunstanton

Friday, May 19, 2017

A 45-year-old lorry driver died when his motorcycle collided with a car, a court was told.

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Police are hunting a store thief who snatched cash from a till before escaping on a bike.

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The continuing death toll on British farms has prompted a Norfolk farming consultant to reveal his top ten list of “stupid and irresponsible acts” in a bid to prevent further tragedies.

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If you’ve been to Sunny Hunny this weekend, do you wish you could have caught the train?

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A stingray at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary has given birth to quadruplets.

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Almost 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for the rail link to be restored between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton.

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Riddle of missing town sign solved

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It’s been a much-loved landmark for donkey’s years. But in recent times, it’s started showing its age.

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Memories of Hunstanton pier fire

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It was almost certainly the biggest blaze the town had ever seen.

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The pitter-patter of tiny penguin feet could be heard at Hunstanton this summer.

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A couple and their young child had to be rescued after being trapped in their car at Beach Road in Brancaster.

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Most days, it would take you less than 30 minutes to get from Hunstanton to King’s Lynn.

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Most days, it would take you less than 30 minutes to get from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton.

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Staff from the Sainsbury’s store in Hunstanton are celebrating after they raised £2,224 for Comic Relief.

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Two friends have completed the journey of a lifetime but it didn’t come without its ups and downs.

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A new tropical rainforest enclosure at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary carries some important conservation messages.

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Arson attack at Hunstanton toilets

Friday, March 24, 2017

Firefighters were called to a fire in public toilets at St Edmund’s Terrace, near the seafront.

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A Norfolk artist is set for his second one man show in Hong Kong.

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In their first official release of the season, four grey seals named after Star Wars characters have been released back into the wild by Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.

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Victory has tasted sweet and citrusy for the winner of Norfolk’s first Marmalade Making Awards.

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A woman has been assaulted in an apparently motiveless attack as she walked through a cemetery near the centre of Hunstanton.

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More of Norfolk’s coastline could gain extra protection from development after a 12-year battle.

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Work begins on Hunstanton Prom

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Parts of the promenade at Hunstanton could be closed over the next few weeks as repairs get under way.

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While families were enjoying their Christmas morning, Raymond Harris gave up his and went for a sponsored swim in the North Sea to raise money for CHIPS - a charity set up on behalf of the gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.

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A Christian charity which flies aid and medical supplies to remote areas of third world countries brought one of its planes to a Norfolk church which is supporting it.

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A new roundabout is being built at the bottom of Redgate Hill to serve a new housing development on the southern side of Hunstanton.

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A memorial to 31 victims of the 1953 floods looks set to be staying put.

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Land with outline permission for 120 new properties has been sold to an unknown developer.

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A £1.3m project to celebrate the vision of the founder of Hunstanton, Henry Le Strange, has taken a step closer with the appointment of a contractor to carry out the work.

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They serve and protect coastal communities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Are you looking for a new job opportunity? Norfolk Wildlife Trust currently have nine different positions available across the county, including a warden role and catering vacancies.

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Hunstanton Road remains closed, with traffic diverted via the Lavender junction while work continues on a roundabout to serve the new development off Redgate Hill.

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For more than 60 years, it has stood in memory of those who lost their lives when the sea smashed through a town’s defences.

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Thirteen hare coursers arrested in Norfolk

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Police have sent out a strong message that they won’t tolerate hare coursing in Norfolk, after the arrest of 13 men and the seizure of their dogs and four vehicles in recent weeks.

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Jordan Dowen, now 16, was riding the short distance from his home in Hunstanton to the town’s Smithdon High School, when he was involved in a collision with a car and suffered horrific head injuries.

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A small dinghy with no-one on board was recovered about two miles off-shore by the Hunstanton RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew.

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A woman in her 80s has died as a result of injuries suffered in a crash on the A149 at Snettisham on December 1.

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Without the vision of Henry Le Strange in the mid-19th century, Hunstanton would not be the seaside resort it is today.

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Youngsters have been working with author John Haden on a book about the gold torcs found outside their village.

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Charities in west Norfolk have bagged £3,000, thanks to residents who recycle.

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People in west Norfolk are being urged in a new advertising campaign to respect taxi drivers in the run-up to Christmas, amid reports of bad behaviour in cabs.

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Police are renewing appeals for witnesses after a crash on the A149 at Snettisham.

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Controversials proposals for a new Lidl store in Heacham were deferred today, to allow the company to look again at the design and the materials used in the building.

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A new classroom block and newly installed trim trail obstacle course were officially opened at Snettisham Primary School by North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham yesterday.

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A new Lidl looks set to be built on the outskirts of Heacham, despite continued opposition from the parish council.

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Thousands of people packed town centres across the county today for the traditional Christmas lights switch-on events.

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A former landing craft from the Vietnam War travelled on a lorry from Tilbury docks to Hunstanton yesterday to join the Searle’s Sea Tours fleet.

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Some of the women were a bit tentative and showed their inexperience on the catwalk - but it was for a good cause.

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The trustees of Thornham village hall can now add to their eco-credentials after being awarded £12,500 in a national energy fund competition.

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Elderly and frail patients are benefiting from an innovative new service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

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About half the staff at a west Norfolk care home have been ordered to leave Britain, after the licence allowing them to legally work here was withdrawn.

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A west Norfolk hospital is warning people who have experienced norovirus symptoms not to visit and put loved one’s lives at risk.

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A west Norfolk high school has started a consultation after it confirmed it was closing its sixth form to become an 11-16 academy.

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A consultation has started on Smithdon High School becoming an 11-16 academy later this year.

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It has taken several years, but the last of 14 milestones to be restored on the north Norfolk coast has now been installed.

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Youngsters from Snettisham Primary School joined members of the parish council as guests of honour at the launch of the Co-op’s new foodstore in the west Norfolk village, which opened following a £600,000 investment.

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Independent candidate Terence Parish has been elected the new West Norfolk borough councillor for Heacham ward.

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How do you see West Norfolk in 20 years’ time?

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It’s a seaside resort which already has the cliffs, beach, fish and chips and In Bloom awards to boast about – and now it’s got an added attraction.

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Organisers of the largest careers’ show to be held in west Norfolk in recent years are expecting about 2,000 young people to attend.

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A 24-year-old man from Hunstanton is about 6,000 miles into an 18,000-mile trip around the world by tandem bicycle.

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A charity golf day boosted hospital coffers and gave a group of high-flying businessmen the chance to unwind for a few hours.

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More than £650,000 is being invested in a supermarket in Dersingham, which has been taken over by a rival chain.

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A Thornham business has been named as one of the UK finest fledging fish and chip shops in a country-wide competition.

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A new £6.5m university centre for west Norfolk and the Fens has been officially opened, almost 10 years after College of West Anglia principal David Pomfret started the ball rolling.

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A man suffered serious injuries when his motorbike hit a kerb in Hunstanton last night.

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A Norfolk farmer jailed for his part in a road crash in which a woman was killed today took his appeal against conviction before top judges.

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The trustees of Thornham village hall are urging the public to help them win a competition and £12,000 funding by voting online.

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It will be a special day in King’s Lynn next Sunday when about 60 buildings not normally open to the public throw open their doors as part of Heritage Open Day.

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They are the people who often go without reward or recognition. But, without them, our communities would be much poorer.

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A housing development comprising 77 new homes on an “eyesore” site could get the green light from planners next week, despite strong opposition from the parish council.

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Tickets sold out, empty tables were few and far between and records were broken as visitors turned out in force to make the most of the bank holiday weekend.

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St Mary’s Church at Sedgeford hosts its annual flower festival and craft fair from today until Sunday. Starting at 10am and finishing at 5pm each day, as well as the flowers there will be many stalls and All that Jazz will be playing each day from 12-1pm and from 2-3pm.

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The stroke unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King’s Lynn, is set to get a £265,000 makeover to make it more ‘homely’.

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Award-winning crime writer Jim Kelly met the real life version of his fictional hero detective Peter Shaw on a visit to Hunstanton lifeboat station.

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Three rescued seals have been released back into the wild, easing the pressure on the hard-pressed animal care team at Hunstanton Sea Life sanctuary.

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Beach-goers in north Norfolk are being urged to keep safe after a family of six had to be rescued after being cut off by the tide on Scolt Head Island.

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Ten volunteers have come forward to help after an appeal was launched to keep a vital fundraising store open at night – but more are still needed.

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Campaigners have vowed to continue a fight against a proposed poultry farm in west Norfolk, despite it being approved by councillors earlier this month.

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A record number of 52 grey and common seal pups have been rescued so far this year at Hunstanton Sea Life sanctuary – nine more than last year’s record with four months of the year still to go.

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Campaigners are hailing it as a victory for residents after a site in west Norfolk was taken off a list of potential silica sand extraction locations.

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A £1m refurbishment of the X-Ray department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn is benefiting patients and radiographers.

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West Norfolk could be in line to get nearly 230 new homes, after two separate applications were submitted to the borough council.

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A new memorial garden has been created at a Norfolk hospital to help terminally ill patients and their families find peace.

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The driver of a red, old-style car is being sought by police, after a young girl pedestrian was struck on the hip by a passing vehicle’s wing mirror.

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It’s an annual treat that mums and dads love taking part in just as much as toddlers.

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Final preparations are being made for the 20th Hunstanton kite festival and classic car rally.

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Budding archaeologists and history buffs are being invited to attend an open day at Sedgeford to celebrate 21 years of excavating and research in the north-west Norfolk village.

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Council chiefs in west Norfolk have banned the release of balloons and sky lanterns on the land it owns.

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Plot holders from the Northfields Allotment Club threw open the gates of the site and laid on a produce stall selling their home-grown fruit and veg, cake stalls and a beekeeping display.

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The planning inquiry held into a controversial development in Heacham cost West Norfolk Council more than £60,000, it has been revealed.

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Inspirational art created by stroke survivors from across west Norfolk will be on show and for sale at Hunstanton Methodist Church next month.

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A west Norfolk hospital continues to spearhead a project to help students with learning difficulties find jobs by giving them skills and experience in the workforce.

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A borough and parish councillor resigned after he crashed his blue BMW car into a field when more than three times the legal limit, and was convicted of drink-driving for the third time.

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A revamp of Hunstanton Heritage Gardens is set to go-ahead, thanks to a £993,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund.

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North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham joins the celebrations after plans for a controversial development were dismissed for a second time following a public inquiry.

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North west Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham has welcomed the inspector’s decision to rejected the developer’s appeal for a second time.

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It’s an archaeological dig that has outlasted the popular TV series Time Team, and shows no signs of coming to an end just yet.

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A new specially decorated recruitment car will be taking to the roads of west Norfolk in a bid to get more nurses and midwives to work at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

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