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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 2/10/2018

Written by on 2 October, 2018

END IN SIGHT FOR STRADBROKE MUSIC FESTIVAL

It looks like the end of the road for one of the summer’s major outdoor music events in this area. The organisers of Stradisphere have finally decided to call it a day, after making losses on the event.

Crowds of around 15 hundred attended this year’s event in Stradbroke, which featured its biggest name acts to date. However, organisers Brett and Jo Baber say that they’ve had to move to a smaller home to pay off the losses over the five years, with little outside financial support forthcoming.

It’s still hoped that the event, which was also aimed at showcasing local talent, can be saved in some form.

NEW M.D. NAMED FOR JOINT LOCAL AUTHORITY

The first joint managing-director for the new combined local authority covering South Norfolk and Broadland has been named.

He’s Trevor Holden, currently chief executive of Luton Borough Council, who’s due to take up the appointment in the New Year.  Norfolk bred and born, he went to school in Wymondham and was formerly chief executive of Breckland Council.

His appointment is expected to be ratified by the two councils at a joint meeting on Thursday.

JETS FLY OVER COUNTY IN MILITARY EXERCISE

Military jets have been flying over the county as a pre-planned exercise has continued today.

American airforce planes are involved in a three-day exercise, due to end tomorrow.  They’ve been flying between RAF Lakenheath and training ranges over the North Sea.

LOTUS COMMITS TO HETHEL BASE IN ITS 70th YEAR

Lotus Cars has marked its 70th anniversary this week…and the company has committed to its base in South Norfolk.

It’s planning to invest heavily by taking on new staff at the Hethel base in a move to boost production and sales significantly.  The company is also developing a second factory and design centre in the West Midlands.

PETITION POSSIBLE OVER PARKING WOES

Traders in Diss are considering starting a petition over car parking in the town.

They are calling for a review of the town’s parking arrangements and say that they, and shoppers, are facing problems with parking.  Most of the town car parks are operated by South Norfolk council, while one is privately-owned.

COUPLE GET BOARDWALK SURPRISE FOR THEIR BIG ANNIVERSARY

A Diss couple have received a surprise to mark their diamond anniversary.  John and Margaret Brawn have been given a plaque on the Mere boardwalk to mark the occasion.

It was won by their grand-daughter in a competition run by the Heritage Triangle Trust. More than 50 entries were received.

TOWN HOPE TO BREAK THEIR DUCK AGAINST ‘BORO

Football…….. Ipswich Town will be without suspended defender Matthew Pennington for the game against Middlesboro at Portman Road tonight.  The Blues will hope to secure their first win of the season, but the visitors have lost only once in their last 15 matches.

HOME TIE DRAW FOR DISS

Diss Town have been drawn at home in the second round of the Norfolk Senior Cup.  They’ll take on Hindringham, who play in the Anglian Combination first division, this Saturday at 2.30.

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