The best April Fool’s Day posts we’ve spotted in Norfolk, Suffolk and Fenland

April Fool's 2016: Norwich in 90.

April Fool's 2016: Norwich in 90. - Credit: Archant

Here's a round up of some of the best April Fool's Day practical jokes and spoofs we've spotted in the region today.

April Fool's 2015: School announces name change

April Fool's 2015: School announces name change - Credit: Archant

• Ed's Academy

King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds announced that in line with Government Policy, it would be changing its name to Ed's Academy. Head teacher Geoff Barton said: 'This is a significant moment for our school. The ongoing reference to King Edward VI ('Ed') reinforces our proud sense of tradition, whilst the shift from being a mere school to a full-fledge academy shows how we are embracing the future.'

• A new mayor of Lowestoft

April Fool's 2016: Andrew Papworth announces he will be the new mayor of Lowestoft.

April Fool's 2016: Andrew Papworth announces he will be the new mayor of Lowestoft. - Credit: Archant

Editor of the Lowestoft Journal, Andrew Papworth, shared with Twitter the fantastic news that he had been asked to stand in as Mayor of Lowestoft.


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• Salary cuts

The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk released a statement today, which said that the Chief Executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) was going to 'voluntarily reduce his salary by £35,000'.

April Fool's 2016: NSFT Chief Executive pay cut.

April Fool's 2016: NSFT Chief Executive pay cut. - Credit: Archant

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• Robots are taking over

We published a story claiming that robots would be brought in to do roadworks in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

'The robots can work for 24-hours straight and require no tea breaks whatsoever. Work on Chapel Field Road in Norwich took humans 10 weeks to complete, the robots could have done the lot in three days.'

April Fool's 2016: Robots

April Fool's 2016: Robots - Credit: Archant

• 'Norwich in 90' is one step closer

The Norwich Evening News reported that a giant new rail hub could be built at Swainsthorpe to achieve the dream of 'Norwich in 90'.

'New three-carriage shuttles will race the six miles from the city centre to Swainsthorpe where they will couple direct with awaiting trains. Those six miles are crucial to achieve the Norwich in 90 – it will provide the critical five-minute reduction in journey time that campaigners have been struggling to find. Meanwhile, there will be a helipad for magnates to drop straight in to Swainsthorpe where an escalator will sweep them straight into first class – where they will get free WiFi and a complimentary copy of the Norwich Evening News.'

April Fool's 2016: Great Yarmouth Mercury

April Fool's 2016: Great Yarmouth Mercury - Credit: Archant

• Back to the 1960s

The Great Yarmouth Mercury published a piece on the potential revival of 1960s plans for a third river crossing.

'Construction of the huge concrete blocks required will be on the Harfreys Industrial Estate and keeping budgets tight would mean the cost could be restricted to £10m with local people being encouraged to volunteer and pitch in on the work. Money would be raised by creating a pinch-point on the Acle Straight for traffic travelling from Acle into Yarmouth.'

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• Prison cell shake up

Fenland Police tweeted about a new 'free cell up-grade voucher' that would allow people under arrest to move from a standard cell into to a deluxe cell which would include amenities such as, Sky TV, a tea and coffee maker, a real bed, three course meal and a smoking area.

• Whale of a time

April Fool's 2016: Whale washed up in Yarmouth

April Fool's 2016: Whale washed up in Yarmouth - Credit: Archant

We were urged by one reader on Facebook to get a reporter down to Yarmouth beach where a whale had washed up...

• Were you fooled by any April Fool's posts? Let us know in the comments below.

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