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  1. Updates on Friday, 16 June 2017
  2. Families head to Hamerton Zoo as park reopens today
  3. Sentimental MG 'burned in arson'
  4. Deaf musician backs centre that 'focuses on listening'
  5. New leader of Labour group on Peterborough council

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By Adam Jinkerson

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for today and indeed this week. Thanks for joining us.

    You can scroll through today's feed for anything you may have missed, and we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire at 08:00 on Monday.

    Enjoy the weekend, and remember the sun cream!

  2. Couple moving back to Poland after drop in pound

    Mike Cartwright

    BBC Look East

    With Brexit negotiations set to begin on Monday, one family from Cambridge has decided to move back to Poland.

    Michal and Marta Golek say the recent drop in the value of the pound means it is now cheaper to live back in their home country.

    The family have two young sons.

    Michal and Marta Golek

    Mr Golek, who's a computer programmer, said it's "mainly because of the currency difference".

    "Two years ago you could get 20-50% more [money] compared to the situation after the EU vote," he said.

    "We can afford a bigger house in Poland. We can afford to buy a home, which is impossible in Cambridge.

    "Even though it's my home company, I don't want to go. I've got friends, work and family here."

    See their story on BBC Look East tonight, from 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Weekend weather: Hot, hot, hot!

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Best get your suntan ready if you're heading to the beach or having a barbie...

    Tonight will see a dry night with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells. Feeling warm with light winds.

    Then Saturday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine and temperatures inland around 28C (82F). It'll be a few degrees cooler on the coast with an on-shore wind.

    Then Sunday will be even hotter, with a possible high of 30C (86F). The sea breezes will make it more comfortable on the beach where temperatures will again be a few degrees lower.

    Weather forecast

    And if you think it was finished there, Monday will be hotter still!

    With inland highs of 32C (90F), there could be a few isolated thundery showers too.

    Find the weather where you live on the BBC Weather website.

  4. Put on your best chainmail... Heritage Festival begins tomorrow

    Ben Stevenson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Thousands of people are expected in Peterborough this weekend for the city's Heritage Festival.

    Peterborough Heritage Festival

    Up to 40,000 visitors will take part in the free event, which spans 3,500 years of history.

    More the 300 re-enactors will also be on show to make real a slice of the past.

    This year's the festival will mostly be marking the 375th anniversary of the start of the English Civil War.

    Peterborough Heritage Festival

    Rachel Walmsley - one of the organisers - says "there's definitely something for everyone".

    "We've got everything from sword schools and magic shows for children, to the real nitty-gritty of history," she told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    "Some real grizzly facts that our re-enactors will definitely go into detail about.

    "The absolute must-see is the Civil War siege of Woodcroft Castle. The Civil War soldiers will be 'sieging' the Guildhall, which will be transformed for the weekend."

  5. Deaf musician backs centre that 'focuses on listening'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Dame Evelyn Glennie, a Cambridgeshire-based deaf percussionist, is planning to open a centre which focuses on sound and communication.

    The musician, who was made a Companion of Honour at an investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace, explained how she wanted to encourage people to listen and interact more in a digital world.

    Dame Evelyn Glennie

    Ms Glennie, who taught herself to hear with parts of her body other than her ears, wants to help people come together through sound.

    Some of the artist's 2,000 instruments will be held at the centre, giving visitors the chance to use them. It will also be a place where people can learn about communication and listening techniques.

    "My real aim is to create a centre that will focus on listening, although I'm a musician, my vision is not for a music centre," she said.

    "My vision is to create a space where people can go if they're interested in instruments, or if they're interested in certain aspects of listening and want to attend a lecture.

    "My doors are open for everyone from tiny infants all the way through to the elderly. I want it to be an all inclusive place, no matter who you are."

  6. 'Heartbroken' boy ends 37-year wait to see The Skids

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Cambridge resident and artist Andy Dakin has sent us this heart-warming tale of how he finally got to see his favourite band from 1980 - Dunfermline's The Skids - who played a stormer at the city's Junction last night.

    Skids at Cambridge Junction
    Image caption: Skids at the Junction (l-r): Jamie Watson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson, Richard Jobson, Willie Simpson

    It starts when he was an 11-year-old punk and new wave fan in St Neots...

    Andy writes: "While our record collections expanded my late-teenage sister Lyn had been racking up the gigs at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

    "I watched on in envy as she dressed up and headed off to the likes of The Ruts, The Stranglers, The Undertones, The Clash, SLF – so near, but so far for me - and The Skids were definitely our favourites.

    "And then the disappointment. When they toured their third album The Absolute Game in 1980, they decided to play nearby Norwich and not Cambridge. Now 12, I still wasn't allowed to go with her!

    "I was genuinely heartbroken (I think I may have cried). 'What if they split up?' I clearly remember saying to my mum - and soon after they did.

    Image caption: Skids c.1980: (l-r) Russell Webb, Mike Baillie, Stuart Adamson, Richard Jobson

    "While I saw spin-off bands the Armoury Show (featuring singer Richard Jobson) and Big Country (featuring late guitarist Stuart Adamson) several times in following years, my heart still belonged to the band I never got to see.

    "Jump forward no less than something like 37 years, and who'd have thunk it?

    "The Skids played at the Cambridge Junction with an original-members band now sadly missing Adamson, but replaced by Big Country's Bruce Watson and son – how he would approve.

    "With a set bursting with as much energy and passion as you would have hoped, I'm in the very civilised mosh of old geezers like myself, Lyn and her friend Claire at the front and centre, and I'm staggered by just how much I enjoy every moment.

    "Circus Games, Charles, Scared to Dance - I never thought I would ever see these songs live and watching on I remember the unique Jobson from those precious Top of the Pops appearances.

    "Did I understand what the songs were about back then? No, and I still don't, but I've rarely enjoyed myself so much.

    "It was a long, long time coming, but truly it was worth it."

    Audience at Cambridge Junction

    Richard Rose also ended a long wait to see The Skids in Cambridge - he missed out in 1979 - and has written a review of The Junction gig for Repeat fanzine.

  7. Anglia Ruskin celebrates 25 years

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Today marks 25 years since Anglia Ruskin officially became a university.

    Since 16 June 1992 more than 140,000 people have achieved a higher education qualification, studying a range of courses from architecture to zoology.

    Construction of Cambridge campus
    Image caption: Construction of Cambridge campus

    With campuses in Cambridge, Peterborough and Chelmsford, it's also trained more than 10,000 nurses and midwives, along with social workers and other healthcare professionals.

    In 2016 it was ranked in the top 350 institutions in the Times Higher Education world university rankings.

    Anglia Ruskin University

    Prof Iain Martin, vice chancellor, said today was "a milestone in a history that started in 1858 with John Ruskin's inaugural address at the opening of the Cambridge School of Art".

    "The transformational power of education, widening participation and innovation became part of our institutional DNA from that day onwards," he said.

  8. Sentimental MG 'burned in arson'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A classic car that was the only thing a Cambridge man had left from his late father has been almost entirely destroyed in an arson attack, according to his wife.

    Burnt of MG

    Elizabeth McRae said thieves tried to steal the 1964 British Racing Green MG from a garage on Mortlock Avenue, Chesterton, early yesterday morning.

    However, they couldn't start the engine so set fire to it, she said.

    Burnt of MG

    Ms McRae, who's the wife of the car's owner, Charles Thomson, said "it's a horrible thing to do".

    "My husband is not [feeling] great," she said.

    "After restoring the car, it's been happily living in a rented garage for a couple of years until yesterday morning.

    "It's a real mess. We're not sure if it can be restored.

    "It was so shiny. I used to complain about how long he'd spend polishing it.

    "There's no green left. It's got no tyres and the bonnet and side panels have been 'disformed'."

    Police say they were called by the fire service at 03:20 and believe it was a deliberate act. Investigations are ongoing.

  9. EFL Cup: Posh host Barnet, U's to go to Bristol Rovers

    The draw for the first-round of the EFL Cup has just been made.

    Peterborough United will host League Two side Barnet, while Cambridge United will travel to League One club Bristol Rovers.

    The ties will be played in the week beginning Monday, 7 August.

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  10. Your pictures: June sun before hot weekend

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Earlier I said it was going to be scorchio today. By the looks of the weather so far, it appears I lied a little.

    However, that hasn't stopped our BBC Weather Watchers capturing these beautiful shots of the county...

  11. Families head to Hamerton

    Lara Rostron

    BBC Look East

    I'm a Hamerton Zoo Park, which reopened this morning three weeks after a keeper was killed by a tiger.

    Rosa King (below), 33, died when the animal entered the enclosure she was in.

    Rosa King
    Hamerton Zoo entrance

    Ali Harris (below), 28, from Cambridge, is one of the people attending today with her six-year-old son Jack, to celebrate their birthdays.

    Ali Harris with son Jack.

    She says the incident hasn't worried her - she still feels safe as the attack happened in the pen - and they're looking forward to a day out.

    Rebekha Dunstan (below), 25, from Chatteris, is also here with two-year-old William.

    She says she's been here before and the attack was "not an issue" as the tiger didn't escape.

    Rebekha Dunstan

    It's the first time Jess Harris (below), 24, from Cambridge, has visited the zoo.

    She said she's sad about what happened but not worried about her safety.

    Jess Harris
  12. Decision on Corr future soon

    Nick Fairbairn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Cambridge United will make a decision on the future of striker Barry Corr before the start of pre-season.

    The 32-year-old, who has struggled with injuries over the past two campaigns, is out of contract this summer.

    Barry Corr

    The U's have been monitoring his recovery and will check on his fitness before deciding whether to offer him a new deal.

    Chief executive Jez George said a fit and firing Corr would be an asset, but admits they can't risk a repeat of last season.

    "He's started one game in the past 12 months and as a football club at this level we can't take these types of risks if it's going to be a similar situation moving forward," George said.

    "The situation with Barry is that we have a duty of care to him to bring him back to full fitness. He's under contract with us until 30 June. We can't sign Barry on an extended term or offer him an extended contract if he's not fit."

  13. New leader of Labour group on Peterborough council

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    Ed Murphy has been appointed as the new leader of the Labour group on Peterborough City Council.

    Mr Murphy represents Ravensthorpe and replaces Mohammed Jamil.

    Labour has 15 of the 60 seats on the council, which following a recent by-election has no overall control.

    The Conservatives are the biggest party, with 29 seats.

  14. Hamerton Zoo Park reopens today

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Hamerton Zoo Park reopens today, nearly three weeks after a keeper was killed by a tiger.

    Rosa King, 33, died when the animal entered the enclosure she was in.

    Rosa King

    The decision was taken in consultation with police, staff and Rosa's family.

    Huntingdonshire District Council carried out an inspection of the park and approved it for reopening.

    At a media call yesterday, Hamerton director Andrew Swales read a statement honouring Rosa King as the "the life and soul" of the zoo.

    He talked about her passion for working with big cats and her "incredible knowledge and passion for wildlife".

    Mr Swales also released previously unknown detail about the animal involved, saying the tiger was a rare Malayan male called Cicip. He confirmed the cat wouldn't be put down.

    A fundraising page has been set up for a memorial of Rosa at the zoo. It has raised £550 of the £1,800 required so far.

  15. Forecast: Sunny and bad news for hayfever sufferers

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    Today will be sunny across the BBC East region with temperatures reaching 21C (70F), although it will feel cooler on the coast.

    There will also be high pollen and UV levels.

    It's be followed by another warm night with temperatures dipping to 16C (61F).

    For a fuller forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

  16. Good morning

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 16 June.

    We'll be here until 18:00 keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    It looks like it could be scorchio today.


    A full forecast for the day is on its way shortly.

    You can get in touch by email, Twitter and Facebook.

  17. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for us on a day when a blue plaque has been unveiled in Cambridge for Pink Floyd's founder and original frontman Syd Barrett.

    Scroll down for full coverage...

    And join us again on Friday from 08:00 when we'll have more news, sport, weather and much more.

  18. Syd Barrett: 'I don't see him as a tragic figure' says sister

    BBC Cambridgeshire talked to Syd Barrett's sister at the unveiling of a plaque in his honour on BBC Music Day.

    The ceremony took place at his former college - the Cambridge Tech - which is now part of Anglia Ruskin University.

    Rosemary Breen (pointing) with the Syd Barrett plaque which she unveiled

    Rosemary Breen, his sibling, has been speaking about the brother she knew as Roger and the well-documented belief of many that drug-use contributed to his departure from Pink Floyd and return to Cambridge, where he shunned stardom after a final performance at the city's Corn Exchange in 1972.

    Rosemary said: "It was lovely to see they've put 'painter' on as a description of him, because that really was his first love.

    "He got sidetracked by the music and that led him in the wrong direction, I feel.

    Pink Floyd
    Image caption: Pink Floyd, with Syd, second from the right
    Pink Floyd
    Image caption: Syd Barrett, with guitar and the rest of Pink Floyd

    "I was in London nursing at the same time when The Pink Floyd started, so I went to see him at The Roundhouse and various things - good times.

    "When I realised he was doing things he shouldn't have been doing drug-wise, I was extremely worried.

    "Many times [I had words with him], but he was immersed in a world that I didn't know very much about, and he was happy at the time.

    "I don't see him as a tragic figure, but I see him as a frustrated one, because he really wanted to get into art and he got immersed in the music world.

    "He was only having fun. He was never 'working' - he didn't understand that it was a business, a career. He was just having fun with his mates.

    "He could have really had a much happier life if he had stuck to the art."

    Of growing up in Cambridge, Rosemary said: "He was very warm, very loving, he was a good brother.

    "He was always very different. He was wonderful to go shopping with because all the shopgirls would come and serve us.

    "He was always very attractive - personality and physically.

    "People were always attracted to him - he was just born with this magnetism.

    "When we were teenagers we had huge fun. Cambridge was much smaller then, and you just knew everyone."

    Syd Barrett
    Syd Barrett

    On the plaque, Rosemary said: "He would be amazed. He wouldn't understand and he would laugh, because when he was embarrassed he would giggle. He'll just be bemused.

    "He always loved Cambridge right to the end and Cambridge was where his heart was, so it's so lovely that this plaque is here."