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Population: 6,819

Nearby Towns: Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham

Watton is a typical mid Norfolk market town with a weekly market on a Wednesday morning.

The nearby Wayland Wood is believed to be the scene of the old English folk tale the Babes in the Wood and the town sign reflects this link.

The town hosts the Wayland Agricultural Show each year which is one of the oldest and largest shows of its kind.

Formerly home to an RAF base some of the area’s big employers now include Cranswick Country Foods and Exheat.

Prepare to be amazed as Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Jamie Raven comes to the city with his latest show.

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If you’re looking for luxury living in a new home, this weekend, many showhomes are open to potential buyers with several open events planned around the county.

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Bank closure sparks ‘town dying’ fears

Thursday, September 20, 2018

People fear their town is “dying” after it was announced that one of its two banks is closing.

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A “law-abiding citizen” who was unaware of laws against carrying a knife has avoided immediate jail after being found with a blade for self protection.

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A town’s memorial gardens have been given a make over thanks to community engagement between the police and the local council.

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As it celebrate its 20th anniversary, a family-run business which offers hearing care services from 25 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk is embarking on an ambitious expansion plan.

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From manufacturing for NASA to advising Google – Norfolk companies are doing some spectacular things.

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A tradesman is refusing to remove scaffolding from a newly-redeveloped city centre apartment block in a dispute over pay.

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Shop local, win £250

Monday, July 9, 2018

People who shop with their local retailers or support a district-based community group by participating in a local community lottery could win £250 to spend in their favourite local independent shops across Breckland.

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Two homes in same street burgled

Friday, July 6, 2018

Two homes in the same street in Watton were burgled on the same night.

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Watton will hold its first open gardens and yard sale event this weekend.

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A church says it has lost hundreds of pounds to an estate agent who has gone to ground owing landlords thousands.

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It opened under a blaze of publicity, but a branch of the family electricals firm Adcocks is closing in Dereham.

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All eyes are on Windsor tomorrow, as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle.

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A running club is staging a special 3.7-mile run in honour of a competitior who died in the London Marathon.

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The mystery of who killed a Norfolk schoolgirl close to her home remains unsolved after a nationwide appeal to coincide with the 25th anniversary of her death drew a blank.

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The Beast from the East is still causing havoc on public transport networks across the region.

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Abel Homes has stepped in to help a village primary school to replant 200 willow saplings after the original trees were uprooted by vandals just days after being planted by pupils.

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Children at a village primary school were devastated when the trees they had planted in the back field of their school had been completely destroyed in an act of vandalism – but a Norfolk house builder has now stepped in to give a helping hand.

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Hundreds of people flocked to the first day of East Anglia’s largest wedding show this weekend.

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A teenager who wants to reinstate a former railway line has started a petition to see if he has community support.

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The new landlords of a village pub are hoping to encourage families to return to their local.

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Trading in the run-up to Christmas exceeded expectations at a regional meat processor.

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Independent retailers will be given an online shop window as part of plans to create a ‘digital high street’ in some of Norfolk’s market towns.

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A property company has mothballed its energy division and sold some of its assets citing a decline in the market as a result of a drop in government incentives.

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Whatever the sector, 2017 has been a tough year for high street traders. Consumers have less money to spend, which ultimately means businesses do too – despite growing competition for staff and increasing commodity prices.

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Crews called to roof fire

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Firefighters used hosereel jets and breathing apparatus to put out a fire in a roof.

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The key to solving the 25-year riddle over the brutal murder of a schoolgirl less than a mile from her home lies within a small Norfolk community, police have said.

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Norfolk’s rural roads could see a huge increase in the number of HGVs on them when trenches are dug to bury cables from new offshore wind farms.

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A new £54m chicken processing plant on the Norfolk/Suffolk border could create up to 400 jobs for the region.

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A Colkirk woman has celebrated her centenary birthday at a mid Norfolk care home.

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As a new report reveals the East of England lost more high-street shops than any other region in the first half of 2017, we take a look at a selection of the comings and goings.

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A Norfolk pet food producer is hoping to increase its market share in some of the industry’s newest sectors after opening a state-of-the-art £17m facility.

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Pets are never forgotten on Christmas and many have taken part in a festive family photoshoot to raise money for charity.

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Take a trip down memory lane with our wonderful photographic celebration of East Anglian life through the decades. Today we take a nostalgic look back at market towns Swaffham and Watton.

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A new phase of a multi-million development has begun at Watton’s Redhill Residential Park.

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