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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 1 June 2016
  2. Hares are to feature in the next public sculpture trail around Norwich
  3. Dairy farmers say they are losing money on every litre of milk sold
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Caroline Kingdon

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Thank you for joining us on the chilly first day of summer. 

The GoGoHares may not be coming to Norwich until 2018, but they have had us rabbiting away today, along with concerns for Great Yarmouth's walk-in centre and the region's in-demand ambulance service. 

Don't forget to tune into Life in '66: Pop, Pirates and Postmen - featuring Norfolk's Allan Smethurst - on BBC1 (East) tonight at 19:30.

Have a good evening.

Weather: Staying dull with cloudy skies and drizzle

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease through this evening but it will remain cloudy with another murky and damp night expected. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).


Tomorrow will be another cloudy start, but less murky than Wednesday. Grey and overcast skies will persist for much of the morning, although some brighter spells are possible later.

You can find the latest forecast for your area via BBC Weather.  

Picture: Fancy a dip?

Summer has got off to a grey and miserable start in Norfolk today. 

Unsurprisingly, David Robinson, on holiday from Nottingham, didn't go for a swim in the North Sea at Cromer.

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Shire horses to pull artworks through Norwich

Laura Devlin

BBC News

They are more impressive - and beautiful - than a delivery van.

A parade of heavy horses will be helping artworks make an unusual entrance into Norwich ahead of an exhibition this summer.  

The 10 shire horses will be pulling six wagons carrying British Art Show 8's works to three venues in the city.

heavy horses
Norfolk Museums Service

The procession on 18 June starts at Chapelfield Gardens before heading to Norwich Castle, Norwich University of the Arts and East Gallery on St Andrews Street, where the exhibition opens the following week.

Artist Alan Kane, based in Great Yarmouth and London, said: "The horses and their tack and wagons never fail to draw a gasp from almost everyone when they are on show or working."

Two men arrested over church thefts

A 34-year-old from Great Yarmouth and a 36-year-old from Gorleston have been questioned over 11 burglaries at churches across Norfolk.

Churches in Caister, Martham, Burgh Castle, Winterton (below), South Walsham, Hemsby, Ingham and Norwich were broken into between March and May. 

Both men have been released on bail until July.

Holy Trinity and All Saints Church, Winterton

Watch: The 'Nicotine Gal' who inspired hit Singing Postman song

He was an unlikely pop star but in 1966 Allan Smethurst, aka The Singing Postman, briefly outsold The Beatles in his home county of Norfolk.His best-known song Hev Yew Gotta Loight, Boy? was given a new lease of life when it was used in a commercial in the 1990s - but who was the "Nicotine Gal" who inspired it? 

Molly Bayfield was tracked down for a BBC documentary - Life in '66: Pop, Pirates and Postmen - presented by Steve Lamacq - and tells how she unwittingly became the subject of a novelty pop classic.  

You can watch the programme at 19:30 on BBC1.

Travel: Road blocked after van overturns in Watton

BBC Travel

If you're travelling to Watton this afternoon you may wish to alter your route. 

There are severe delays on the A1075 Thetford Road, where an overturned van has blocked the road about a mile south of the town, near Wayland Wood. 

Ambulance service facing 'significant' rise in demand

The head of the ambulance service in the East of England says it is struggling with "capacity", following a "significant year-on-year rise in demand".


The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) has released figures showing that 999 calls for the sickest patients - known as red calls - were 22% higher in April this year, compared to April 2015.

We do not have the capacity to deliver the services we are expected to deliver and we cannot continue to rely on short-term investment and hiring private ambulance services forever."

Robert MortonChief executive, EEAST

East of England Ambulance Service handles more than a million 999 calls

More than one million 999 calls were handled by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust's control rooms last year, the trust says. This is the first time the number of calls has crossed the one million mark and the highest since the trust was established in 2006.


Robert Morton, EEAST chief executive, described the increase as “concerning” as approximately 40% of patients are not taken to hospital, indicating there is still a significant number of 999 calls being made where an emergency ambulance is not the appropriate response.

The regional ambulance service has its control rooms in Bedford, Chelmsford and Norwich.

Public meetings calling for views on plans to replace Yarmouth walk-in centre

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you about a petition opposing the closure of the walk-in centre at Greyfriars Medical Centre in Great Yarmouth at the end of September.

Walk-in centre

Now health commissioners say they will hold two public meetings for people to express their views on its plans to replace the service. An online questionnaire will also be available.

However, Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group says although the "proposals could be amended" at a future governing body meeting, "the decision to end the contract on 30 September has already been made."

Both meetings are being held on Monday, 13 June.

Petition launched to save Great Yarmouth walk-in medical centre

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Now an update on a story we brought you last week.

walk-in medical centre

Patients at the NHS walk-in centre at Greyfriars Medical Centre in Great Yarmouth are being asked to sign a petition to help stave off its closure.

Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (GYWCCG) said its decision was based on a need to save between 10% and 15% of the current contract costs. 

It says too few people use the centre and that services will be re-organised to make sure the healthcare needs of local residents and visitors are met. 

Round-the-world cyclist returns home

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

A Norfolk man is back from cycling more than 17,000 miles (27,350km) round the world. 

Joe Henry

Joe Henry left Fring, near Hunstanton, a year ago and arrived back this morning on the day he promised in Holt High Street, escorted by a police car and two police cyclists. 

As well as experiencing the trip of a lifetime he's been raising money for the Norfolk charity Nelson's Journey which supports bereaved children.

Teenage kicks for Hodgson

Eastern Daily Press

And here's today's EDP back page:


Welcome home Joe!

Eastern Daily Press

Here's today EDP front page: 

Front page paper

No 'awkwardness' for Norwich United management duo

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

New Norwich United manager Steve Eastaugh (pictured) says replacing his former boss won't be awkward.

Eastaugh has swapped roles with last season's manager John Edridge in a coaching shake-up at Plantation Park.

The club are preparing for the step up to the Ryman North next season. 

Steve Eastaugh
Norwich United

Remembering Norwich's Alan Partridge gorilla

Organisers of the latest GoGo trail will be unveiling cardboard replicas of the hares to be used in the new trail at the Forum from 17:00.


As in previous years, the plain glassfibre sculptures will each be given their own individual design, theme or character.

Alanrilla, a tribute to "Norwich DJ" Alan Partridge, graced the streets of the city during the GoGoGorillas trail in 2013.

It featured at the world premiere of Alan Partridge's Alpha Papa film in Norwich's Anglia Square in July that year.

First came the elephants...

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The first sculpture trail in Norwich was launched in 2008 with elephants adorning the streets.

The glassfibre structures were "hugely popular", especially among families, and were followed in 2013 with gorillas and in 2015 by dragons.

Elephant sculpture

Money raised by the past two trails has gone to vulnerable children's charity Break. 

Here are some facts about last year's dragon trail:

  • 84 large dragon sculptures were on the streets of Norwich for 11 weeks from June
  • They sold at auction for £369,500
  • Norwich saw an estimated £2.5m boost to the economy
  • Visitors spent on average 15 hours visiting the trail with 275,000 trail maps printed
  • About 500,000 people followed the trail


Sculptures of hares up to 6ft (1.83m) tall will be dotted around the county from summer 2018.

Remembering previous GoGo trails: The Freddie Mercury controversy

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

In 2013 gorillas were the theme of the GoGo sculpture trail in Norwich, but there was controversy when one featuring a caricature of Freddie Mercury was forced to have a facelift after the rock musician's estate objected to its facial features.


Mercury's yellow bolero jacket was also altered.

At the time the artist, Mik Richardson, a fan of Queen, said the new gorilla was lacking "a sense of fun".


Mr Richardson, from Aylsham, said: "Freddie now has the face of a proper gorilla that has taken more than 16 hours to paint by hand using about 15,000 brush strokes."    

Re-painted GoGoGorilla

But writing on his blog, Queen guitarist Brian May said the estate was "quite within their rights" to request "an update to the paint job".

GoGoHares! New sculpture trail announced

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

First there were elephants, then came the gorillas and then there were dragons... and now hares will the feature as the choice of sculpture for the GoGo art trail in Norwich.

Hare sculptures
Mark Ivan Benfield

The charity Break has announced giant sculptures of hares will be on the streets of Norwich from June to September 2018, saying the animal had been chosen as it was a popular iconic subject for artists and could regularly be seen in the countryside of East Anglia. 

However, this time there will not be just one design, but three and as well as 50 city sculptures forming the main trail, the rest of the county will also be involved, with sculptures for rural communities and towns.

Weather: Dull, with grey skies and drizzle

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It'll be a damp start for today with mist, drizzle and fog likely. It will stay rather cloudy through the afternoon, with murky weather persisting along the east coast where it'll be windy. 

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Heading out? Get the latest forecast via BBC Weather.

Dairy farmer planning to 'give away' milk to ensure income

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The money farmers are getting for their milk has fallen so much, one dairy producer in Norfolk says he will be "giving away" milk to customers who call at his farm shop. 


Simon Dann, whose family has been farming at North Tuddenham, near Dereham, since the 1930s says he's trying to increase income and cut costs to ensure future generations of his family can continue farming. 

He's planning on giving customers at his farm shop their first litre of unpasteurised milk in refillable bottles and is hoping it will help boost his income. 

Norwich City duo's Euro 2016 places confirmed

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's two Republic of Ireland players have had their Euro 2016 places confirmed.

Wes Hoolahan (pictured left) and Robbie Brady (right) were both on the bench for last night's friendly defeat to Belarus in Cork. Hoolahan came on in the second half but Brady didn't feature. 

Both have made the 23-man squad for the finals in France. 

Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan
Getty Images

Ireland play their opener against Sweden in Paris on 13 June.   

Milk production costs too high, say dairy farmers

Some of Norfolk's dairy farmers say the cost of milk production is double the price they can sell it for with one farmer saying he only gets between 13p and 20p per litre for his milk. 


In the last 30 years, the number of dairy farmers in Norfolk has fallen from 250 to about 20. 

The farmers' union, the NFU, is calling for changes to ensure a fair price for producers, arguing that prices have dropped further in the UK since milk production quotas in the EU were scrapped last year. 

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

It's officially the first day of summer... really, 1 June is! 

And the forecast on this day is for lots of glorious rain! With a balmy, humid temperature of 14C (57F).

Hopefully the team here at Norfolk Live will keep you distracted with the latest news, sport, travel and weather from around the county.