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  1. Commemorations held to mark 100th anniversary of Battle of the Somme
  2. Norwich City unveil new kit
  3. Updates on Friday, 1 July 2016
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Monday at 08:00

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By Nic Rigby

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Nic Rigby

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday, a day dominated by events to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and by news that devolution plans for the East are set to go ahead despite opposition from four Norfolk councils.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

Have a good weekend.

Weather: Cloudy tonight... Tomorrow, sunny spells

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Tonight, rather cloudy and breezy with the risk of showers, although they are likely to be quite isolated.  Many places staying dry this evening and overnight. Lows of 9C (48F).

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Tomorrow, a fine start with sunny spells. Cloud increasing with the risk of showers, some heavy. Highs of 19C (66F).

King's Lynn's Festival Too in its 31st year

King's Lynn's Festival Too carries on tonight and this weekend. It's in its 31st year.

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Local musicians like Jake Morrell, who's just back from Glastonbury, will play alongside big acts like 70s group Odyssey and singer Gabrielle. It's held in the Tuesday Market Place.

Next weekend is the third and final weekend of concerts.

Devolution moves ahead despite opposition

We've been looking today at the decision to push ahead with devolution in the East with an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk and another for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The plans are moving forward despite the opposition of four councils in Norfolk. Here are some maps showing which councils are backing or opposing devolution. 

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire county councils, and Peterborough City Council, a unitary authority, are backing the scheme.

Four Norfolk councils - Norwich, Breckland, North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth - oppose the move.

Devolution map
Devolution map

Listen: 'Million Dollar Man' comes to Norwich

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

I've been to Epic Studios in Norwich to interview WWE wrestling legend "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. He's in the city this week to take part in the World Association of Wrestling TV tapings.

The Norwich-based WAW says it is in talks with several channels with the hope of bringing wrestling back to British television.

Plans to transform former garage site in Stalham

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Plans to transform the look of a Norfolk town and replace a former garage and filling station are being looked at by councillors.

The corner of High Street and Ingham Road

The former garage site at the corner of High Street and Ingham Road, Stalham, is now used as a car wash, tyre depot and for selling second-hand cars.

North Norfolk councillors looked at the plans today and decided to defer the decision to seek further information on the economic impact and whether they could cost 11 jobs.

Conservative MPs in Norfolk make leadership choices

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Conservative MPs in Norfolk are split about who to support in the Tory leadership election.

Theresa May MP
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The MP for Great Yarmouth, Brandon Lewis MP, has backed Home Secretary Theresa May, while Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, has gone for Justice Secretary Michael Gove.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith is supporting Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb and is seconding his nomination.

Other MPs in the county have yet to declare who they are supporting.

New shadow defence secretary marks the centenary of the Somme

Norwich South MP and shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis has been taking part in an event to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

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Points failure on Greater Anglia rail line

Train problems on London to Norwich line:

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Two injured in Billockby crash

Two people were injured when a car rolled over in Billockby, near Acle, this morning. 

It happened on the main road through the village at 09:13. The injured people were treated at the scene. The road was closed for a short time.

Norfolk Museums remember the Somme

A new Somme display has been opened at Norwich Castle Museum to mark the centenary of the Battle.

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Lest we forget

Cromer Royal British Legion has tweeted a photograph of a Norfolk soldier who died on the Somme to mark the centenary of the battle.

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Devolution in the East: What happens now?

Nic Rigby

BBC News

With devolution plans for two elected mayors - one for Norfolk and Suffolk, and one for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire - looking set to go ahead, the next thing to happen will be consultation by the county councils.

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After that the government will have have to set up elections for the new mayors.

The new mayors won't take any powers away from either the county, district or unitary councils covered, but will take strategic powers from central government.

The new deal promises:

  • A single pot of £25m a year of new money for the next 30 years (£750m) to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs.
  • About a £100m, over five years, of new money to support the building of new homes across Norfolk and Suffolk
  • An extra £30m over five years for Norwich and Ipswich housing in recognition of their greater housing needs
  • A guaranteed £225m transport budget for the next four years 
  • Control of an existing £20m a year adult skills to meet business training needs
  • Greater control over who delivers transport services in Norfolk and Suffolk, and how they are delivered.

Wymondham Festival launched

Wymondham High Academy pupils launch festival fortnight:

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Stunning show, fit for a Prince

Eastern Daily Press

Here's the front page of today's EDP:

EDP front page

£100m vision for former shoe factory

Here's the Evening News' front page today:

Norwich Evening News front page

Devolution in the East to go ahead

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Councils in East Anglia have decided to proceed with plans for regional devolution despite four councils in Norfolk rejecting the plans.

Devolution document

I understand that Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire county councils have decided that there is "enough critical mass" to proceed with the plans and "an enthusiasm on the part of most people to proceed". 

The county councils will launch a statutory consultation next week and it's understood that next week the government will start the legislative process to hold elections for directly elected mayors in Norfolk and Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Breckland, Norwich, North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth councils have rejected the plans but the other authorities have decided to proceed without them and hope that they may decide to join the process later on. 

Norfolk and Suffolk devolution plan 'set to go ahead'

Plans for devolution and an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk are set to go ahead, BBC East's political correspondent Andrew Sinclair tweets:

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Picture: The Somme battlefield today

As we mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, take a look at this stunning photograph of the battlefield by Nick Stone, of Norwich.

It shows "Sausage Valley", so-called because of a German lookout balloon that used to watch it. "The other side of the road is called Mash Valley," he says.

Sausage Valley battlefield
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The shot was taken from Lochnagar Crater at La Boisselle and looks across the area the 34th Division advanced on 1 July 1916.

It included the 11th Service Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, of whom 190 men were killed and 337 injured. The regiment was raised in Cambridge.

You can see more of Nick's photographs and read his writing on his Invisible Works blog.

Somme centenary remembered by Gresham's School

Wally Webb

BBC Radio Norfolk

The centenary of one of the bloodiest battles of World War One has been remembered by Gresham's School in Holt.

The Battle of the Somme in 1916 claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of British, French and German troops.  

Sqn Ldr David Bailey of Gresham's School Cadet Force and cadet Naomi Crame

A number of former Gresham's Students were killed during the Somme. 

Sqn Ldr David Bailey of Gresham's School Combined Cadet Force and cadet Naomi Crame (pictured) were among teachers and staff marking the centenary.

Great Yarmouth rejects devolution plan for Norfolk and Suffolk

Nic Rigby

BBC News

There's trouble afoot for the devolution deal for Norfolk and Suffolk.

Devolution grraphic

Last night Great Yarmouth Borough Council joined Breckland, North Norfolk and Norwich councils in rejecting the plans for an elected mayor and new powers for the two counties.

South Norfolk, Broadland and West Norfolk district councils and Norfolk County Council have backed the plans, as have all the councils in Suffolk.

Norfolk teenager goes for world title

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Sophie Wright from Horsford will attempt to become a world cycling champion today. 

The 17-year old is in the Czech Republic to take part in the UCI Junior World Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships.

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Sophie is European champion and has told BBC Radio Norfolk her sights are already set on competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 

Stars return to form in speedway's Elite League

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars are celebrating their first Elite League speedway victory in almost a month. 

They beat Belle Vue 50-40 at the Norfolk Arena last night with Niels-Kristian Iversen, Robert Lambert and Troy Batchelor their top points-scorers. 

Troy Batchelor
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The two sides are due to meet again this evening in a return fixture at Belle Vue.

Battle of the Somme: Live page of national commemorations

If you'd like to read more about the Battle of the Somme commemorations going on across the UK today, the BBC is running a special live page reflecting events.

You can find it here.

Screenshot of Battle of the Somme live page

The Battle of the Somme - how it unfolded


  • Began on 1 July 1916 and was fought along a 15-mile front near the River Somme in northern France
  • 19,240 British soldiers died on the first day - the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army
  • The British captured just three square miles of territory on the first day
  • At the end of hostilities, five months later, the British had advanced just seven miles and failed to break the German defence
  • In total, there were more than a million dead and wounded on all sides, including 420,000 British, about 200,000 from France and an estimated 465,000 from Germany
The Battle of the Somme
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Weather: Cloudy and damp to start, drier and brighter later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a cloudy and damp start to the day, with outbreaks of patchy light rain and drizzle at times. 

The rain will slowly clear away south-eastwards, with mostly dry and brighter conditions during the afternoon. 

However, there is still the possibility of a few showers. Check the latest forecast here.

Canaries unveil new kit

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have released their new kit for the 2016/17 Championship season this morning. 

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Railway to commemorate historic battle

Another Battle of the Somme commemoration is going on at the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway (WWLR) this morning.

Organisers say the railway has "strong connections" with the Somme offensive, as rail once used on narrow gauge railways in Northern France during the battle were later purchased from the War Office and now serve as WWLR track.

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

Children from Walsingham Primary School will be taking part in the commemorations, which will also see a re-enactor explaining the role of a front line soldier in World War One.

A minute's silence will be held at 10:00.

Battle of the Somme display opens at Norwich Castle Museum

This morning, Radio Norfolk's Nick Conrad has been broadcasting his programme live from Norwich Castle Museum, where a special display on the Battle of the Somme is opening today.

Curator of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum Kate Thaxton says locally there are some interesting connections to the battle - including developing the first tanks which were deployed at the Somme.

Norwich Castle Museum
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Good morning

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Welcome to today's Norfolk Live page for Friday.

This morning, we will be reflecting on the commemorations marking 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

Troops going over the top
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Various events have been taking place around the county, so we'll bring you a flavour of those.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can tweet us using the hashtag #nfklive or email us.