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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 15/10/2018

Written by on 21 October, 2018

DRIVERS MAINLY TO BLAME FOR ROAD ACCIDENTS

Bad driving is said to be a major cause for accidents on local roads last year.

Latest figures show that drivers or riders failing to look properly was again the main reason for accidents where at least one person was hurt.  This caused 568 accidents in Norfolk and 481 in Suffolk, whilst failure to judge another person’s speed was another major cause.

Other reasons on the increase were the use of drink or drugs, being distracted, including the use of mobile phones, and travelling too fast.

SHOCK OBESITY FIGURES FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN

About a third of children in Norfolk and Suffolk are said to be unhealthily overweight or obese, when they leave primary school.

New NHS figures show that nearly 20 per cent of the pupils in Norfolk were obese, about 3 per cent severely obese.  The figures for Suffolk were slightly lower, with 31 per cent overweight.

The South Norfolk figure was the lowest in the region.

TRIBUTES FOR THE MAN CALLED “MR DISS”

Tributes have been made over the weekend for a man known as “Mr Diss”, who’s died after a long fight with cancer.

Peter Gillings has died at the age of 69, more than three years after being named as an Honoured Citizen of the town.  He ran local company, Gillings of Diss, based in Mission Road, for many years, after coming to the town with his parents in 1962 at the age of 14.

He was also a well-known local personality, a columnist for the Diss Express, and opened Park Radio’s studios when the station was launched last November.

And Park Radio is dedicating an award that it’s received from Greater Anglia…..to Pete Gillings.  The radio station won the Best Community Involvement prize at the Greater Anglia Station Adoptors awards in Ipswich on Friday.

The radio station team adopted the railway station at Diss in May…. and has been busy keeping the platforms and the station area bright and colourful with flowers and plants since then.  Signs, referring to Mr Gillings, will be placed at the station to mark the dedication.

DATE SET FOR CARNIVAL DAY

The date’s been set for next year’s Diss Carnival.  It’ll take place on Sunday, June 9th.

The procession will again start from the High School and proceed through Market Place and Mere Street to the Park.  The theme for next year’s event has been announced as “Pre-Diss-Toric”.

BATTLE OF TOWNS SET FOR A SPEEDY REPEAT

Football…straight after the first match at the weekend between local rivals, Diss Town and Harleston Town, the two teams are to meet again soon.

They were drawn against each other in the third round draw of the Norfolk Senior Cup. The game will take place at Harleston on November 17th.

In the game at the weekend, Harleston confirmed their place as leaders of the Thurlow Nunn premier division with a 1-0 win at Diss.

Harleston are now eight points clear at the top of the table, but it was a narrow win for the visitors.

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