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Sitting enjoying a wonderful performance of Verdi’s Requiem by the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir recently, the inadequacies of St Andrew’s Hall soon became apparent.

This week’s weird wander takes us to Syderstone near Fakenham and a haunted parsonage which made a small Norfolk village a national sensation. In this first of two parts, today we look at the haunting of Syderstone parsonage.

It was a wartime escape immortalised by Hollywood. But for one Norfolk-based airman turned ‘great escaper’ misfortune turned out to be the most astonishing stroke of good fortune in a wartime career crammed with incident. Seventy-five years on from the most remarkable mass prisoner of war breakout of the Second World War, Steve Snelling charts a saga of survival that all but beggars belief

The glory days could soon be back at what was once known as the fishermen’s local pub in Cromer.

A blockbusting Minecraft project has seen Wisbech recreated in its very own virtual world.

When well-known Norfolk artist Brian Lewis came up with the idea of producing a series of paintings of Norwich Cathedral, he decided to employ the latest technology to show the iconic building from a completely new perspective.

A steam engine of a type that was once a regular sight throughout East Anglia is to return to Norfolk next month when it hauls a passenger excursion from London Liverpool Street.

A further reunion of pupils of the former North Walsham High School for Girls (intake year 1947) will take place in the north Norfolk town.

A new town centre mural depicting characters from the television show Dad’s Army has been unveiled.

Nominations have been made for the people to become Norwich’s next Lord Mayor and Sheriff.

Cromer will be stepping back in time to a decade of Mods, miniskirts and moon landings next weekend, in a festival celebrating the music and fashions of the swinging sixties.

A pair of historic diesel locomotives are to be revved up for a special tour of the region to mark the end of an era – and the launch of a modern railway age.

If there is one thing that defines the town of Diss it is the mysterious body of water known as the Mere.

Norfolk’s most unusual listed landmark is a road sign at Overstrand.

Cromer Museum has provided a portal to the region’s rich heritage for more than 40 years. Curator ALISTAIR MURPHY traces the history of the museum.

The story of this indepedent film house is very interesting indeed - filled with tales of pioneering spirit, romance and some real ‘characters’.

A popular historian will be making this year’s Diana Bullock Memorial Lecture, organised by King’s Lynn Town Guides.

An invasion of inflatable canaries and a full house of fired-up fans greeted Norwich City and West Ham United on March 23 1989 as they faced off for an FA Cup semi-final spot.

Its built heritage is famed worldwide, from its towering churches to its Custom House and St George’s Guildhall.

It was a fitting tribute to a rail enthusiast who had dedicated his life to helping people enjoy incredible journeys by steam.

For hundreds of years, they have stood relatively unscathed in the wooden hammer beams of a medieval church.

It’s the tale of two tragic sisters, an attic bedroom at Felbrigg Hall, ghosts caught on camera and deadly wallpaper – just what secrets does one of North Norfolk’s best-loved stately homes hide?

Eighteen months on and at a cost of more than £1m, a Norfolk pub and restaurant is back in business, following a devastating fire.

This historic Norwich building has wined and dined thousands of guests over the years, including royalty.

The Yarmouth Mercury and a bottle of wine - sounds like a good night?

It’s a part of a Norfolk town’s heritage that might have been lost for good, if not for an old guidebook.

The Nelson Monument in Great Yarmouth, looming almost 50 metres high, is usually seen from below – but new aerial footage shows the pillar as it has never been seen before.

One of Norfolk’s favourite pubs has been restored to its former glory following a devastating fire and a date has been set for its re-opening.

A church service to honour a lifesaving legend is calling on all those who share his surname to join the celebration.

There was a time when it was easy to lose track of the number of pubs in Lowestoft.

A project to repair and thatch the roof of a historic Norfolk village church and celebrate its history has been awarded almost £100,000 in lottery funding.

A restored steam locomotive will haul a special memorial train from King’s Lynn this weekend.

In a former school, buried deep in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, lies part of the county’s living history.

A painting by a well-known Norfolk artist will be sold to help fund ongoing work at Cley-next-the-Sea harbour in north Norfolk.

A Lowestoft institution showcasing the town’s rich maritime history is looking for new volunteers ahead of the coming season.

It was a sword day, a red day, a day when the ground shook as bloody retribution was meted out on upstart rebels and their pretender king in the final clash of the Peasants’ Revolt.

Third generation butcher Jamie Archer on why we should continue to support our high street champions.

Businesses are being urged to sign-up to a project that celebrates the amazing finds that have been discovered on the Norfolk coast and encourage year-round visitors.

Priceless treasures unearthed from a farmer’s field are set to go on show in Norfolk.

Campaigners are set to reveal how their bid to reopen the railway line between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton is progressing.

It’s a peaceful part of the coast today, but Burnham Overy Staithe was once a major maritime centre. DR ANDREW TULLETT examines the village sign that honours its heritage.

An extra push is needed to raise the money to erect a full-sized replica of a Supermarine Spitfire on a plinth at Langham Dome in north Norfolk.

One of the town’s best-known landmarks, the Custom House has overlooked King’s Lynn’s historic quays for centuries.

Large developments have become a common sight across Norwich in the last decade.

In the midst of the dead, one name stands out: Oliver Tomkins, the Great Yarmouth man who went to preach the word of God to “savages” but whose reward was to be cooked and eaten by cannibals almost 120 years ago.

He was a Norwich-born man of the church who preached to the people of Ipswich and he created a last resting place like no other. Derek James remembers a remarkable man

Former Anglia TV presenter turned psychotherapist and writer Christine Webber lost her husband David Delvin one year ago. Today she reflects on how she’s coped and found the spirit to carry on with her life

When the hooded ghost at a Victorian hotel on Lowestoft’s High Street pays a visit, he brings a blast of icy weather with him. Weird Suffolk investigate the story of the ghostly monk and rumours of underground tunnels and secret passageways.

It is an unusual building with a weird and wonderful history, but how much do you know about the Crystal House?

Great Yarmouth’s pubs were once a hive of activity - but now it seems punters looking for refreshment and chat are more likely to be greeted by boarded-up windows and peeling paint.

There are secrets hidden in every corner of Norfolk, even in the least expected places: what today forms part of a modern shopping mall was once the place where city people went to have curses removed and good luck restored.

It’s no secret that it’s a challenging time to run a pub.

When Lois Willoughby-Easter joined the police aged 19 she was one of the few female recruits. Sexism was rife, the beat meant being on your own without a radio, the job took you undercover in Soho strip clubs and police men and women had different roles.

Norfolk is brimming with history going back hundreds of years, with extraordinary finds still being made preceding the Anglo-Saxon era.

One of Britain’s oldest working theatres – the Angles at Wisbech – is facing a financial crisis because a pantomime prop got lost in transit.

The results of a public consultation which discussed possible uses for the castle, museum and the Oddfellows Hall in Bungay have been released.

Loco-lovers descended on Beccles for the Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers exhibition.

The Battle of North Walsham: it sounds like something that Steve Coogan’s creation Alan Partridge has made up.

From Thor missiles armed and ready at RAF Feltwell and USSR leader Nikita Khrushchev being shown around RAF Marham, Norfolk played a crucial role during the Cold War.

The beautiful north Norfolk coast has drawn visitors to our region for centuries, and now businesses have been invited to learn more about a new initiative aimed at boosting the region’s tourism economy.

For the hundreds of incarcerated men, women and children serving prison time in the 1700s, life was a hellish experience.

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