LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 21/5/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 21 May, 2018
NEW A140 ROUNDABOUT GETS THE GO AHEAD
A new traffic roundabout at an accident blackspot on the A140 near Long Stratton looks set to go ahead.
It’s hoped that the roundabout, costing over £4 million, will be completed in the autumn next year.
The result of a public consultation has shown huge support for the scheme at the Hempnall crossroads at Tasburgh.
The project will now move to the full planning stage with Government funding already in place.
HUNDREDS SIGN TOILET BLOCK PETITION
A petition to keep public toilets near the Mere in Diss has collected hundreds of signatures.
Nearly a thousand people have signed, including about 40 businesses, after a few days.
It’s being organised by shop owner Birgitte Mager who is concerned that the toilets should be retained near the main town centre shopping area.
The town council is currently looking at various options, after deciding against taking over maintenance of the building from South Norfolk council, because of its unsound structure.
HUNDRED MILE WALK FOR CHARITY
A Pulham Market woman is planning to walk more than a hundred miles this week to raise funds for research into a rare condition.
43 year old Annie Coomber-Briggs will set off on Wednesday from Corton in Suffolk and will walk the equivalent of a marathon a day across the Norfolk coastline, before arriving at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire on Saturday.
Annie, who’s an occupational therapist, is also hoping to raise awareness about C.B.D, a degenerative brain condition which has affected her elderly godmother for the last three years.
STARSTON TEEN ON THE PATH TO STARDOM
A young singer from Starston has taken a big step on the way to carving out a career in show business.
15 year old Breeze Redwing won an award for ‘best original artist’ at the Youngstars South East Entertainment Awards night in London at the weekend.
About 40 live performers took part in the Brits-style awards event, showcasing some of the best young talent in the south east of England.
Breeze, who calls her singing style “country rock” put out her first single and video on Youtube when she was just 13 and last year, was presented with her own P.A.system, for use at gigs, by the owners of Vincent’s Garage in Rushall, after she sang at an event they organised.
SHIMPLING’S GOT TALENT
A panto star from Shimpling is making a name for himself on national television.
Ben Langley is through to the next stage of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent competition after getting the thumbs-up from all four judges on Saturday.
43 year old Ben says he was overwhelmed by the judges’ reaction, even getting Simon Cowell to laugh at his comedy routine, based on misheard song lyrics.
It’s a big opportunity for Ben, who’s been a regular in panto at Norwich for some years.
Former Norwich City footballer Grant Holt is hoping to make his mark at a new sport.
He’s just signed a deal with the Norwich-based World Association of Wrestling and is looking to climb into the ring shortly.