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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 1 June 2016
  2. Thousands of people attend the 176th Suffolk Show at Trinity Park
  3. More than one million 999 calls are handled by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust's control rooms for the first time
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

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Thanks for your company today on day one of the Suffolk Show. It's been a little damp and chilly from our pop-up newsroom on the showground, but thousands of visitors have enjoyed the event.

We're still waiting on visitor numbers... but we'll have more on this tomorrow along with updates from day two of the show at Trinity Park.

We'll leave you tonight with a few sights and sounds from day one. Have a good evening.

Suffolk Show 2016: Thousands visit Trinity Park event

Weather: Brighter spells possible on Thursday

Any showers will ease through this evening, but it will remain cloudy with another murky and damp night expected. 

Coastal stretches keep a risk of mist or fog, although less extensive than recently. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather map

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

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Arts centre approval for disused church

St Clement's Church, Ipswich

Remember the planning decision we mentioned earlier to make a creative new use for a disused Ipswich church... well, it's be approved.

St Clement's Church, on Star Lane, has been closed since 1979 but a campaign was launched two years ago to convert it into an arts venue.

Ipswich Borough Council, which owns the building, has approved a change of use.

Boxing: Ogogo planning to fight again this month

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Staying with sport... after winning his first fight for a year at the weekend Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo (pictured left) tells us he's aiming for a quick return to the ring.

Anthony Ogogo
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The 27-year-old hopes to be on the undercard when Anthony Joshua defends his IBF World Heavyweight title at the O2 on 25 June.

"It's been a long slog to get back, but now I'm there I want to stay there and be really busy and active. My next fight's already planned for next month, although we just need to confirm that and finalise the details," he said. 

Ipswich Town legend speaks at show on promotion next season

Mark Bulstrode

BBC News

Finally from the Suffolk Show today - when we bumped into former Ipswich Town captain Mick Mills he tipped Derby County as promotion favourites.

He said: "Every year the division seems to throw up some strong teams. People say its hard to predict, but last year I had six of the top eight and I think the whole nation would have had four of the top six.

"For the past two years, Derby have had the best players and I would back them under the management of Nigel Pearson."

On Ipswich’s prospects for next season in the Championship, he said: "I would expect them to be in the back end of the play-offs. I expected them to do that last year."

Humphrey the Camel - hoping for Best in Show

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

You don't often see a camel among the animals at the Suffolk Show... and today was certainly a bit chilly, to the point where I might have got the hump!

Grand Theatre of Lemmings

But joking aside - here's a team from the Grand Theatre of Lemmings, based in Manningtree, who were hoping to win the Best in Show category. 

Cassie Catchpole and Dave Rose had been wowing visitors through the day and told me they were hoping to make off with the prized award.

Suffolk Show action: Size matters

Our fiery farriers should have gone for making shoes for this little lot... and we mean little!

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Competition time: The kind of work under way at the show

Check out these farriers who were competing in a timed event at the show.

Farrier at work

And here's some more of them in action:

Farrier at work

It looks pretty hot in there.

Farriers at the Suffolk Show 2016

They were taking part in a competition against the clock in which they had to fashion a shoe and fit it to the horse.

Farrier at the show

News of a funding boost for hedgehog project

Suffolk Wildlife Trust has confirmed at the show that it's got funding to support a dedicated hedgehog project officer for Ipswich over two years.

A hedgehog at the show

The post will mean action for hedgehogs to try to halt the decline in numbers, which have appeared to have fallen by a third in the past 10 years.

A hedgehog at the show

Simone Bullion, senior conservation adviser with the charity said: "Ipswich is a hotspot for hedgehogs so it's fantastic news that we are going to be supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

"This project should really make a difference for hedgehogs in the town."

Moments from the Suffolk Show: The strawberries, the olives and a hat

Now some more from the Suffolk Show, just to give you a flavour... quite literally, of what's here. Check out this fruit mountain, so perfectly presented at the Food Hall.

Fruit on show at the Suffolk Show

And from strawberries to a taste of the Mediterranean with a huge variety of olives to try.

Olives on show in the Food Hall

And if you want to get ahead, get a hat. There are more than 800 trades on the site offering a huge range of apparel. 

Shopper checking out the hats at the Suffolk Show

Moments from the Suffolk Show: A beer and a chat

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

It's back to the Suffolk Show in Trinity Park, one of the biggest two-day events in the county calendar. 

The site is huge, features thousands of animals, more than 800 trade stands and 137 food and drink stalls - so there's always a moment to put your feet (or paws) up.

A couple sitting having a beer at the show

I've been taking a look around the 300 acres site... and as it's lunchtime found myself migrating towards the food hall.

Could you host an alternative tour of Ipswich?

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

I like this idea. Every now and then you'll see groups of walkers being shown around Ipswich, with the Ancient House and Christchurch Mansion two guaranteed stop offs.

Ancient House, Ipswich
Geograph: N Chadwick

But now, the search is on for people willing to provide an alternative tour - with the theme of their choosing. I might suggest a tour of every venue Ed Sheeran played, with the man himself serenading people as they walk. How could he say no?

Anyway, the idea is part of this year's SPILL Festival, which has previously pushed the boundaries of what is considered 'theatre' and 'art'. 

More details can be found on their website.

Speedway: Change of captaincy for Fen Tigers

Bury Free Press

Mildenhall Fen Tigers have confirmed that Jon Armstrong will take over the captaincy duties from Connor Coles with immediate effect.

Connor Coles is passing on the captaincy of the Fen Tigers to Jon Armstrong.
Bury Free Press

Ambulance service facing 'significant' rise in demand

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

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

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

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.

Suffolk Show: Here's the scene at lunchtime from Trinity Park

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Now the earlier rain has gone, things are looking much busier at the show. It's still too soon to tell what the official attendance figures are though.

We'll have more from Trinity Park a little later, I'm just off to go and meet some farriers who are competing here today... and warm up a little by the forge.

Scene from the show

Coming up - more of today's sport... and news that 999 calls to the East of England Ambulance Service Trust have topped the one million mark for the first time.

Suffolk Show: Singing in the rain

Titan the Robot has been entertaining the crowds at the Suffolk Show... we're not entirely sure he qualifies as "agricultural machinery".

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Suffolk Show: More from the Military Zone

Here's some more pictures from the Military Zone which alongside the Apache also features a Lynx helicopter which you can actually sit in.

People sitting inside the Lynx helicopter

We didn't say climbing in was elegant... but Etholle George put in a good effort during BBC Radio Suffolk's breakfast show today.

Etholle George

And it seem the zone might have inspired a new recruit in years to come... 

Small boy with gun

Suffolk Show: From cows to choppers in the Military Zone

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Besides its rich agricultural, farming and countryside links - the show also features a Military Zone allowing visitors to get close to a range of very expensive military vehicles.

The zone includes a climbing wall, parachute 'flight swing', Red Arrows simulator, a laser combat area and this Apache helicopter - the fly-away cost of which is about $30m according to


Suffolk Show: Former Ipswich Town star Mick Mills on memories past

Former Ipswich Town captain Mick Mills is among the crowds at the Suffolk Show today and he's been happy to share his memories of the event.

Mick Mills at the show

He said: "When I first got married, I lived in Bucklesham and I used to walk here then. That was in the late 1970s. I've been here off and on since. 

"I remember in 2011, when we had the 30th anniversary of our UEFA cup win. We had the trophy here and there were a few players from the team. That was a good day."

A damp start to 'flaming June' at the Suffolk Show

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

We've just had quite the downpour at Trinity Park... but it's not dampening spirits at the 176th Suffolk Show. 

The rain was so heavy though I thought for a moment BBC Radio Suffolk had gone off-air, the noise of it hitting our pop-up newsroom was so loud.

Suffolk Show 2016 in the rain

The rain came as fast as it went though... although my keyboard is still a little wet.

Redundant church could become arts venture if plans are approved

We'll be back at the Suffolk Show in a few minutes, but as promised here's a couple of the other stories we're looking at today:

  • Councillors will decide this morning on the future of one of St Clement's Church on Star Lane in Ipswich. It hasn't been used for 30 years, but it's hoped it'll be turned into an arts venue if plans are approved
  • And six new CCTV cameras could be put up on and around Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. The proposal's been put forward because of problems with vandalism and theft at the site

Josh Yorwerth

Defender Josh Yorwerth agrees a one-year deal with Crawley following his release from Ipswich Town.

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Mum tells how 'aggressive' cold call resulted in £1.3k burglar alarm bill

Ipswich Star

Here's the Ipswich Star's front page:

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

European Championship: Murphy in, McGoldrick out

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

In sport... there was joy and disappointment for two Ipswich Town strikers last night as Daryl Murphy was named in the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016 - but David McGoldrick missed out.

Daryl Murphy
Getty Images

Murphy (pictured) - who has been handed the number 21 shirt - is one of three forwards selected, the others being captain Robbie Keane and Southampton's Shane Long.

Ex-Town skipper Jonathan Walters is also in Martin O'Neill's squad that will face Belgium, Italy and Sweden in their group games.

Your part of the BBC at the Suffolk Show

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

I'd like to say things are warming up here, but they're more "busy-ing up" as it's still a bit chilly. This is our stand at the Suffolk Show, we're right next to Ipswich Town at stand 235, so come and say hello.

BBC stand at the show
Hedgehog garden

And here's the hedgehog garden to promote BBC Suffolk's Whole Hog campaign - pictures of very cute hedgehogs coming soon, but first some of other stories in Suffolk today and a look at the sports news.

Suffolk Show: Farming is for both sexes, despite unequal numbers

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Farming should be for both sexes, despite huge inequalities in the number of women working in the business, Tory Lugsden of Suffolk Young Farmers said.

Etholle George hosting a women's panel at the show

Latest figures show there are about 23,000 women in farming in the UK and 116,000 men. 

Speaking at the Suffolk Show, Miss Lugsden said: "Everything that's involved in the agricultural industry I think can be open to anybody, I don't think we need to say it's women and men, it's just all of us. We're here doing our jobs, promoting agriculture and food to people. 

"People need to understand where their food comes from and it's down to either us women that can talk, while the men 'do' or its the other way around - it doesn't really matter."

On the front page: It's show time!

East Anglian Daily Times

Best of Suffolk to be sampled by thousands at Trinity Park says the East Anglian Daily Times front page:

East Anglian Daily Times front page
East Anglian Daily Times

How to get to the Suffolk Show

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

If you're coming to the show this year, make sure to come and say hello - we're on stand 235. I'll admit, it's a bit chilly at the moment.

Getting to the show:

  • By car - The Suffolk Show is held at Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8UH
  • By bus - A number of bus services will get you to the show this year. Ipswich Buses timetable here
  • By bike - The show will be providing a dedicated cycle parking area at the main Felixstowe Road entrance to the showground

More details on the show's official website.

News headlines from Trinity Park

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

  • From our newsroom at the #SuffolkShow I can see hundreds of people are already arriving for the 176th annual event at the day gets under way at Trinity Park
  • Thousands are expected at the traditional country show, with trade and sponsorship stands at record levels
  • Show director says although there are changes to this year's event, the show's heart still lies in traditional values

Are you at Trinity Park today? Tweet us your pictures using #sfklive

Suffolk's weather: Dull, with grey skies and drizzle

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's worth taking your wellies and brolly if you're off to the show at Trinity Park today... as they say, no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes!

Outbreaks of heavy rain are possible, mainly during the morning. 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).

Welcome to the Suffolk Show

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Morning all - and welcome to a world first for us - we're in a very different "newsroom" this morning.

Check out the view from our window. 

Scene from the stand at Suffolk Show

BBC Suffolk Live is right here at the Suffolk Show at Trinity Park, just outside Ipswich. 

We'll be bringing you updates and colour from the show throughout the day, combined with our usual mix of news, sport, weather and travel. And don't forget we love to hear from you - we'd love to see your show pictures.