Top 20 quotes of the year in Norfolk
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It's been another memorable year in Norfolk, from record breaking dandelions to Dippy the dinosaur and everything in between. We take a look back at the most memorable quotes of 2016 across the county.
1. 'At the start of the season I had three main objectives: Promotion, promotion, and promotion.' Norwich City chief executive Jex Moxey at the Norwich City FC AGM, November 2016.
2. 'Within a couple of days the next thing I know it had shot up and basically had branches coming off it, I had never seen a dandelion like it.' Wayne Daniels from Bowthorpe on growing the 'world's tallest ever dandelion' at 7ft 1in, August 2016.
3. 'We then checked my daughter's spelling test and we all laughed about it as even Maisie who's six could spell it properly.' Sharon Hastings from Wymondham after buying a Christmas decoration from Poundland with mistletoe spelt wrong, December 2016.
4. 'I saw people being arrested for violence, people collapsed in their own vomit and for a time it was pretty chaotic down there. I never would have thought a night out in Norwich could be so raucous, or turn so sour for some.' Jeremy Kyle after spending the night on Prince of Wales Road for his TV show 'The Kyle Files, September 2016.
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5. 'I would never set foot in there again and neither would the paranormal investigators - I still speak to one of them and despite the fact that she's been to some of the most haunted places in the country she refuses to go back to Silver Road!' Lisa Hamilton from Norwich only lasted a year living in what could be the most haunted house in the UK, October 2016.
6. 'We have had lots of coffee to keep us going through the night but it is easy when you have got all your mates to talk to.'They are doughnuts, what is not to like? And they are so good as there are so many different flavours you can get.' George and Charlie queued from midnight to get to the front of the queue when Krispy Kreme opened at intu Chapelfield in Norwich, September 2016.
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7. 'I do not think the council thought in their wildest dreams they were going to get this much opposition. We never even thought that so many people would be supporting it.' Derek Ward, a board member at Wymondham FC, joined a protestors that occupied a Wymondham play area for several days to stop play equipment being removed, August 2016.
8. 'Steve was just amazing and we've never had anyone who was so kind and patient and he didn't put any pressure on any of us at any time.' Trudy Akers was overwhelmed by the kindness of Jamie's Italian waiter Steve Raven for the way he dealt with her autistic daughter Beth and even gave her a free cookbook to try the recipes at home, October 2016.
9. 'The presence of Dippy in Norwich will naturally bring people from all backgrounds and beliefs and will stimulate questions and debate about creations and the origins of life as well as some of the major issues facing humanity today.' Dean of Norwich Cathedral Jane Hedges on Dippy the dinosaur's journey from the Natural History Museum to Norwich Cathedral in 2020, November 2016.
10. 'The original design for the traffic island was extended to provide more space for cyclists crossing from the Farmers Avenue cycle link. Unfortunately, an oversight in the redesign meant the space for turning right from Rouen Road was not recalculated and this resulted in some longer vehicles struggling to get around the new island.' A spokesperson for Transport for Norwich discusses plans to move a traffic island eight metres down the hill after a planning oversight, resulting in 26 days of disruption, in September 2016.
11 'When we started last January, if you had offered this amount of progress by the end of the year, we'd have grabbed it with both hands.' Ian Taylor, project manager at Norfolk County Council, after warning cold weather could prevent a 2017 opening for the controversial Norwich Northern Distributor Road, December 2016.
12. ' If we see the bollards being removed again we will be rushing out and re-chaining ourselves to them' Lesley Cunneen and her neighbour Marilyn Mann chained themselves to the bollards on Clarendon Road in Norwich to protect the character and heritage of the area, August 2016.
13. 'We would like to add that in our experience the majority of lap dancing clubs are not the hellhole of depravity they are sometimes portrayed to be and are often frequented by ladies as well as gentlemen.' The owners of Henacraft, the company behind proposals for a new lap dancing club on Prince of Wales Road, address criticism from Norwich councillors, December 2016.
14. 'To Norwich City Council. I am truly sorry for any inconvenience caused by my driving on your roads. You have made it quite clear you don't want me to use any of your roads with all your schemes to make it impossible to get anywhere around the city.' Tony Self from Sprowston wrote to the Evening News, fed up of the city's traffic problems, in October 2016.
15. 'We went out to have a look to see what was going on. We saw at least four individual whales which we believed to be sperm whales swimming around in the shallow water.' Nigel Croasdale, manager of Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, was called to Hunstanton Beach after a sperm whale became stranded on the cliffs, January 2016.
16 'Whenever you tell anyone when your birthday is they say one of the following things: 'oh that must be a bit rubbish' 'do you get joint presents?' 'Are you Jesus?' Diane Frior, 38, from Shipdham discusses the problems with having your birthday on Christmas Day, December 2016.
17. 'When I started I was told I wouldn't see much of the service charge, but they didn't tell me I wouldn't see any of it.' Bills restaurant in Norwich got into hot water this year after claims that service charge payments were kept by the company, March 2016.
18. 'My concern about the tables and chairs is that the high level of footfall and narrowing of the footway will lead to unacceptable congestion.' Kieran Yates, transport planner at City Hall, objects to proposals of outdoor seating proposals at American burger chain Five Guys, August 2016.
19. 'I realise people like me are living too long and without us the problem might be less acute, so maybe voluntary euthanasia is the answer. At least you would have a guaranteed destination, get there on time, and it could even be more enjoyable than driving through the city.' R Headland was another disgruntled Norwich driver that wrote to us, October 2016.
20. 'My ex-boyfriend got me into the show and when we broke up, I said I am keeping the DVD's – so thanks for that.' Karla Gowlett, 36, travelled from London to meet Alan Partridge for his Jarrold book signing for 'Alan Partridge: Nomad' in October 2016.
What's your favourite Norfolk quote of the year? Let us know in the comments.