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Population: 3,550

Nearby Towns: Cromer, Fakenham, Sheringham

Modern day Holt was shaped in 1708 when a fire destroyed most of the medieval town, and saw it replaced by the Georgian street scene that is part of its charm today.

Its famous independent school Gresham’s dates back even further to 1555, and boasts former pupils ranging from composer Benjamin Britten to bagless vacuum cleaner inventor Sir James Dyson

The town is a Mecca for shoppers due to its range of independent traders including department store Bakers and Larners.

On its doorstep is Holt Country Park and one end of the North Norfolk Railway heritage railway line.

Demand for seats on a heritage railway's first-ever Norfolk Lights Express has soared with 10 further trains being added.

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Measures to combat vandalism at toilets in a north Norfolk town will be discussed by councillors.

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An award-winning youth project is fighting for survival and needs to raise £58,000 annually for the next three years.

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Bosses at a north Norfolk rugby club are hoping that interest in the World Cup will inspire youngsters to become the Ben Youngs of the future.

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The national Pig Farmer of the Year title has come to Norfolk for the second year running - but what does it take to become a champion pork producer? CHRIS HILL reports.

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The sixth Holt 1940s weekend last month raised a profit of more than £3,000 and cheques have been presented to Holt Women's Institute and Community Centre.

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An all-conquering north Norfolk farmer has been crowned supreme barley champion by his club for an unprecedented third year in a row.

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The national Pig Farmer of the Year trophy has been brought back to Norfolk for the second time in two years.

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John Bradburne was the son of Cawston Anglican vicar Thomas Bradburne, and as a youth spent time there and at Gresham's School in Holt, where he was very happy.

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Plans for a new care home which would create 60 jobs were turned down despite it being dubbed a 'golden opportunity' to kick-start a commercial development.

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Developers are trying to force a council into paying for a new school site as part of a 110-home development, a resident has claimed.

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The style, culture and character of the wartime era will again be celebrated as north Norfolk steps back in time for the annual 1940s weekend in Holt and Sheringham.

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A Spitfire memorial project in north Norfolk won't now be completed until next spring.

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Students and staff across north Norfolk are celebrating excellent A-level results.

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The Georgian town of Holt was set alight by performers and musicians, with art exhibitions and literary events also drawing in the crowds, at the annual festival.

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A family-friendly café is set to open in Holt, offering cooking, music and gardening groups for young children, their families and the community.

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New plans have been drawn up for a 66-bed care home for older people in Holt.

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It's one of the hottest July days on record in Norfolk, and now there are reports that tarmac is melting.

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A South African artist, now based in north Norfolk, won Holt Festival's Sir John Hurt Art Prize and a cheque for £1,750.

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A burst water main that was causing problems for families in Holt has been fixed.

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There was only one topic of conversation in Holt on Monday, July 22, and that was the sad death of one of its most prominent citizens, Michael Baker.

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A north Norfolk man will be tackling the second of the seven mountains he has pledged to climb when he heads for Europe's highest peak.

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Being legendary actor Sir John Hurt's widow never allowed Anwen, Lady Hurt much time to grieve in private after he died.

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There were a lot of tears but also smiles as a D-Day veteran relived some of the happiest times of his Second World War service.

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Gallery artists were asked to produce works inspired by their response to Blickling Hall, and the results comprise a new exhibition in Holt.

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Two underused areas in a north Norfolk town have been earmarked as possible sites for new recreational facilities.

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An award-winning Norfolk youth project has been awarded National Lottery funding of £333,593 over three years.

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Time is running out for artists to enter one of the East of England's top competitions, the Holt Festival Sir John Hurt Art Prize.

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A new tearoom at Holt Country Park comes after public feedback made it clear that a café was the addition people wanted.

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The new mayor of Holt has been the official photographer for the town's festival for 11 years.

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Former Holt mayor Duncan Baker was appointed Group Leader of the Conservative Party at the first meeting of the new council at North Norfolk District Council.

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Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused to a Norfolk church by vandals.

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Classic Fiat 500s are renowned for putting smiles on people's faces and they are doing the trick in Holt town centre today.

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Revised plans for a 110-home development in a Norfolk town plus two hectares of safeguarded land for a new primary school have been submitted.

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A Norfolk family whose daughter suffers from a skin blistering condition were VIP guests of Falklands war veteran Simon Weston on his UK motivational speaking tour.

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Tributes have been paid to a former Norfolk publican, who has died at the age of 96.

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The full programme for the 11th Holt Festival, north Norfolk's award-winning, international feast of the arts has been announced.

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Entries are now being sought for one of the east of England's top art prizes.

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A post office and store that were ram-raided are rising from the ashes just in time to celebrate 50 years being run by the same family.

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An award-winning Norfolk youth project has gone "back to the future" and is being run by its home town once more.

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Twenty-two new homes including 12 affordable are being built in a north Norfolk village.

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A well-known speaker, judge and photographer shared his tips on technical details with members of North Norfolk Photographic Society.

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Two long-standing businesses are leaving Holt town centre for different reasons.

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A flagship business in a north Norfolk town could be getting an extension.

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An historic house has been restored to its former glory to become a Norfolk town's new tourist information centre (TIC).

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Punk princess Toyah and music legend Georgie Fame are among the first highlights announced for the Holt Festival 2019.

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A Norfolk schoolboy was praised by Prince Charles who presented him with a top prize for his skill in speaking from the Book of Common Prayer.

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Thousands of pounds worth of tools and a trailer were stolen from a construction firm in north Norfolk.

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Moorhens in aerial combat is one of the photographs picking up plaudits in a cup competition.

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A man was spat at through a car window in a road-rage incident.

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Revised plans for 52 new homes in Holt have met with online opposition from the town council.

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The Conservative's prospective parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk at the next general election, Duncan Baker, has been setting out his priorities and laying down his marker. The man he will most probably have to beat to become the MP is Lib Dem Norman Lamb, who has been in office since 2001, and will take some beating. Reporter DAVID BALE spoke to them both...

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More than two dozen cockerels were heartlessly dumped by the side of the road in Kelling, near Holt.

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An award-winning chamber music group will be trying out the new Fishmongers' Recital Hall at Gresham's School, which has been crafted with the highest acoustic specifications in mind.

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The topic of women bishops is again a talking point after a Holt rector said he was against a female replacing the retiring Bishop of Norwich.

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Interactive events at Holt Country Park will keep the children occupied over the half-term holidays.

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Radioactive material has been found at a derelict barn where military equipment was stored in north Norfolk.

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A dementia group has reached a new milestone after becoming a registered charity, which means it can now benefit from a variety of tax reliefs.

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Police are renewing an appeal for information after a tea room in Holt was broken into.

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The Stody classic vehicles day is returning to north Norfolk by popular demand.

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Thieves smashed a window to break into a tea room in Holt and stole about £200 from inside.

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A Norfolk-based food hall has been named as one of the finalists in the Guild of Fine Food's annual Shop of the Year awards.

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Stunning images of Holt Country Park have already won prizes in a photography competition.

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Fire crews were called to a blaze at a private property in Holt today.

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Desperate people at a food bank were given a cash boost by a Norfolk rotary club.

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