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From a pop-up ice rink to vegan Christmas fair, festivities are in full swing across Norfolk with plenty of events taking place across the county this week.

A 74-year-old man who had become “besotted” with a barmaid breached a restraining order by visiting her family’s Suffolk farm, a court has heard.

George Lansbury was born near Halesworth. He would become Labour Party leader and grandfather to stars.

A mental health care home will shut today following a visit by inspectors who raised “serious concerns” about the quality of care.

Two Norfolk students have scored a brace of places in the England Colleges FA national team for the 2018-19 season.

With a jam-packed line-up of comedy, music and activities, Latitude Festival has been named the best family festival at a national awards ceremony.

With its peeling paintwork and clunky suspension, Ella Wilkinson’s battered Mazda 3 was not a picture of health but she loved it all the more for that but had to resort to a hammer when she locked herself out!

Passengers travelling from Norwich to London will face disruption to their journeys this Christmas and New Year as major rail upgrades are planned.

Get ready to feel the love as a Brit award-winning band is set to perform at Newmarket Nights in 2019.

North Walsham came through a tough challenge in London with a bonus point win to remain just three points behind third-placed Colchester in London 1N.

Greater Anglia has just posted its worst ever results for punctuality and reliability, but boss Jamie Burles is upbeat.

A former book publisher is turning to the public for help to track down four missing illustrations from a book celebrating the Norfolk dialect.

More trains than ever are being delayed or cancelled on East Anglia’s rail network as repeated pledges to improve services fall flat.

What does John Lennon mean to you? On the anniversary of his death, we’re looking at his legacy and why his music is as relevant now as ever.

A social work team from Norfolk County Council which has worked to help the Syrian refugees who have settled in the county have won a top prize at the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

A train driver who has seen four people die while he was at the controls has described the lasting effect it has had on his life.

It could be the beginning of the end for trendy ‘super-food’ avocado breakfasts as the ingredient might soon be a lot harder to get hold of in the UK

As Ed Sheeran surprised music students in the city on Thursday afternoon, Louisa Baldwin spoke to him about how a performance at the Norwich Playhouse was a turning point in his career and his homecoming gig in Ipswich.

The owner of a new city centre sushi bar is hoping to bring something new to the Norwich food scene.

A handful of Norfolk’s most promising tech companies have taken to the road to promote and forge new partnerships with like-minded businesses and investors in Cambridge.

A popular Christmas song inspires finance columnist, Peter Sharkey, to look at what investment has been like in 2018.

It was the perfect Thursday for aspiring musicians in the city, as Access Creative College alumni and patron Ed Sheeran visited Epic Studios in Magdalen Street.

Identity, belonging and connection are explored with tenderness in this promising debut novel by Fatima Farheen Mirza – the first to be commissioned for Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint with Hogarth Press.

Greater Anglia is in the process of replacing every single one of its trains with newer models in a bid to transform its rail service.

North Walsham will be heading into the unknown this weekend – as they face a team playing at London 1N level for the first time.

Norfolk writer Kevin Crossley-Holland has conjured treasure from the stories which thread through our landscape and light-up childhood and beyond

From the star-studded stage of the West End to the intimate setting of a Pakefield church, Rob Houchen is set to perform in his hometown for a special festive event.

Two prison officers who defused an attack at HMP Wayland in Norfolk when a prisoner attempted to behead another inmate have been presented with bravery honours at an awards ceremony in London.

As Greater Anglia takes delivery of its third new Stadler “bi-mode” train for the region’s rural lines this week, the company has been showing off some of the technology the company is using to ensure the new trains stop accurately in stations.

Get ready to snuggle up under the stars as Christmas drive-in cinema is coming to Norfolk and it’s bound to make you feel festive.

This is the painting of Happisburgh Lighthouse that was one of the three finalists in a national competition.

A Norfolk town will host its first ever Shakespeare festival in a building where the playwright is thought to have performed almost 500 years ago.

A team of literary whizzes from Norfolk headed to London to battle it out in the finals of the national Kids’ Lit Quiz competition.

It’s been a torrid year for rail passengers, hit by strikes, timetable changes and now fare increases.

In 1988 Tina Kiddell was the youngest woman to ever become a London black cab driver, and only the 42nd ever woman to be given her badge.

Campaigners protesting about inaction over climate change are staging a sit-in protest in The Forum.

Kieran Jarvis of Dickleburgh and Florence Barnett of King’s Lynn took the Eastern Region cyclo-cross championships at Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City.

Television viewers will see for the first time tonight a ‘challenge’ painting of Happisburgh Lighthouse chosen as one of three finalists in a national competition.

MPs have slammed the “chaotic rollout” of railway timetable changes, including on the King’s Lynn to London line earlier this year.

A Norwich man has been charged after a tense north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham which saw a banana skin being thrown at a black footballer.

A former Olympic showjumper who used pig’s blood to daub lewd messages on the “love nest” of a Tory peer has admitted ignoring her court sentence.

Internationally-acclaimed author Emma Healey has opened Amnesty International’s new bookshop in Norwich’s Golden Triangle.

Lynne is at home nursing a Christmas shopping injury

The eyes of children’s book collectors from all over the world will be on Norfolk this week, when an extraordinary collection of first editions goes under the hammer.

Norwich is in danger of losing business investment because of a shortage of good quality commercial premises and an increasing number of road closures.

A teenager who travelled up from London to deal class A drugs on the streets of Norwich as part of a “vile trade” is now behind bars.

In today’s fast paced and technology driven society, it is essential to market your property in the most effective way, with the widest exposure. Sheron Harley, managing director of the Property Shop, discusses.

A Norfolk charity aiming to prevent homelessness has won a Guardian public service award for its work in the housing sector.

Opinion Why I hate Love Actually

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Feelgood festive movies don’t come much bigger than Love Actually which was released 15 years ago this month - but it’s not to everyone’s taste

It attracted hundreds of people to Cromer earlier in the year and now everyone gets to see what all the fuss was about.

Well-known railway author and lecturer Nigel Digby will be signing copies of his latest book in north Norfolk.

Darren Honour has shown himself to be one of Norfolk most improved runners in recent years as Mark Armstrong catches up with the GP series winner

A Suffolk brewery’s alcohol-free beer is set to be served on tap outside its own pub for the first time.

Amid the frenzy of shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking, writing cards and generally Christmasifying anything and everything, spare a thought for the hungry, lonely, poorly and even the furry in Norfolk this Christmas. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Two engines have been called to the Britten Centre in Lowestoft after a fire broke out this morning (November 30).

After a weekend off, Norwich return to London 2NE action with a tough trip to Wanstead, a place that has not been a happy hunting ground over the years.

Liz Nice found London’s Leicester Square to be the perfect mini break for her new life

North Walsham will be looking to build on last weekend’s hard-fought win at Amersham and Chiltern when they entertain Southend Saxons in their latest London 1N fixture.

The jobs of more than 330 staff at the Construction Industry Training Board have been secured after it agreed a deal to outsource many of its services.

A rare bronze statue of a Tibetan lama - a high priest - has sold at a Norfolk auction for £56,000, 56 times the expected price.

The demand for digital skills has pushed up wages for software developers in the past year, new research shows.

Regular game time in League Two has toughened up Norwich City youngster Tristan Abrahams and now the striker wants to improve his goal return at Exeter.

Norwich South MP, Labour’s Clive Lewis, has led calls for the region’s mental health trust to be put into special administration - a classification kept strictly for the very worst of health organisations.

A Norwich man who set up a charity after the death of his friend hopes to bring a converted double-decker bus to the city as a shelter for homeless people.

A teenager who was involved in threatening a 12-year-old boy with a knife after he refused to hand over his phone and money has been jailed for five years and four months.

A beauty therapist collapsed and died 17 days after surgery for breast enlargement, an inquest has heard.

Lowestoft-based James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has won three major contracts on one of Europe’s biggest wind farms.

A man charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing in Norwich has appeared in court.

A pair of kayaking kings from Norfolk won medals at the under 19 national schools championships last weekend.

Campaigners who want the public to be given the final vote on a Brexit deal are calling for Norwich City Council to endorse the campaign for a People’s Vote.

North Norfolk dancer Fabian Jackson has been part of a stunning contemporary dance rendition of David Bowie’s Life on Mars on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The new leader of North Norfolk District Council is promising a “fresh start” after the chaos of the last Tory administration. Sarah Butikofer, leader of the newly Liberal Democrat-led council, took over after a vote of no confidence in John Lee and his Tory team at a full council meeting last week.

Train passengers between Norwich and London are facing disruption after weekend engineering work between Shenfield and Liverpool Street overran.

Snap, snap, snap...in the 21st century taking a picture is part of everyday life. A century ago a photograph was something special. Derek James takes a stroll down memory lane.

A mother whose newborn baby girl had open heart surgery has been told her second daughter will also have to endure a similar operation.

Talented youngsters from three schools in Waveney are celebrating after impressing at national contests.

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court to face charges of attempted murder.

A drug dealer was caught red-handed trying to leave a flat in Norwich with £12,000 of heroin and crack cocaine hidden in a Gucci manbag.

“Very serious and unsettling for everyone” - that is how a council boss has described the mood after five stabbings in Norwich in just two weeks.

A man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing in Norwich.

He was wowing Norfolk audiences with his dance skills before he had even turned 10, and now he’s set for a spin on the country’s most famous dance floor - that of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

A Norfolk couple who are house builders have won a national award at a ceremony likened to the ‘Oscars of the construction industry.’

Buoyed by an outstanding performance against a resurgent Old Haberdashers last weekend North Walsham head to Buckinghamshire on Saturday to take on Amersham & Chiltern.

Comedian Arthur Smith will be cracking jokes in North Walsham as part of a Christmas fundraiser organised by the Labour Party.

A Norwich man is aiming to run in extreme cold weather at a 700m altitude in one of the toughest marathons in the world in the Antarctic.

Heaven and Hell: With Will Teather

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Gina Long finds out about Will Teather’s East Anglian heaven and hell.

The organiser of a town music festival has pledged to learn from this year’s mistakes.

A woman who failed to turn up to court after pleading guilty to supplying cocaine is being hunted by police.

Train operator Greater Anglia is undertaking a trial with its team of land sheriffs that could prevent hours of delays in East Anglia.

A wheelchair user was left feeling “degraded” after spending two hours in a cold train corridor when no wheelchair space was provided.

The famous saying goes that everyone knows where they were then they heard John F. Kennedy was shot. On the 55th anniversary of the US President’s assassination, Nick Richards puts that to the test by asking some of our regular writers what they remember from November 22 1963.

A teenage girl from Norfolk has regained her confidence through her love of music after she was bullied at school.

Opinion Theresa May’s biggest problem? Being a woman

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Liz Nice says Theresa May’s sex makes it impossible for her to win over Brexit

Sector leaders have their say on Theresa May’s Brexit deal

An independent toy retailer has won an award for being one of the best of its kind in the country.

The Duke of Cambridge has opened up about his own experiences of feeling “very sad and very down” while working for the air ambulance service.

The daughter of an 81-year-old retired BT engineer found her father dead in his garden after he took his own life, an inquest has heard.

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