The sun has been shining on so many good news stories

From left to right, Donna, Jake, Sophie and Mark Snowling. Sophie wasnominated by East Anglia’s Chil

From left to right, Donna, Jake, Sophie and Mark Snowling. Sophie wasnominated by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices to flip the coin at the start of theWimbledon ladies final. - Credit: Archant

Sunshine beaming down and sunbeams in your heart – that's my theme for this week's words from the editor's chair.

In the past few days I have been thrilled the EDP has brought so many good news stories, across multi-media platforms, to the attention of our audiences. The good news, bad news debate often rages but at the EDP we try to have a positive outlook, balancing some of the sadness occurring around the world with hope and happiness.

I was so pleased we were able to give a big page one treatment to the story of Sophie Snowling, 14, from Redgrave, near Diss, who later today will flip the coin at the start of the women's single final at Wimbledon. I'm sure the sun will be smiling on Sophie – and how many bubbles of excitement do you think she'll be feeling when the world looks down on her on that famous centre court? Well done to staff at our great East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) who arranged this marvellous day after being given the honour to nominate someone by the Duchess of Cambridge, the charity's patron. Sophie's brother Jake, 16, who has been having treatment for a brain tumour, will be with his sister on the big day, as will mum and dad. Siblings of poorly children can get a little left behind when a big family drama begins to unfold – in this case it's fabulous that EACH have been so thoughtful. Our newsroom command is populated with people who have positive, can-do, attitudes and I hope that comes over in our columns.


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Two smashing stories caught my eye – first was the incredible pictures and words yesterday when the Household Cavalry Mounted Division were spotted with their horses on the beach and in the sea at Holkham. Then there was the tale of the swallow parents who have built a nest on a boat which moves around the Broads. Fancy trying to find where you live every few minutes!

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I was happy – and it was sunny – when I left Norfolk for a short break in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. First stop was the National Rail Museum in York where a stunning collection of the surviving six A4 Pacific locos, Streaks as I once called them, are attracting huge crowds. Fifty years ago – it seems like yesterday – I stood on York station as a seven-year-old, eyes as wide as moons, and watched 60019 Bittern roar in to the station, whistle squealing. Yesterday I was back at this stunning loco's side, again in York. Time had only changed one of us! From there it was on to the pocket city of Ripon to see the editor who took me on as a cub reporter 40 years ago. Good to see Colin Brannigan and his wife Joy looking so well.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful spell of weather – we deserve one – and that the sunshine is beaming down in your part of the world this Saturday morning Have a lovely weekend – and remember to keep those good news stories coming.

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First published July 6, 2013

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