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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 23/5/2018

Written by on 23 May, 2018

PUPILS EXCLUDED IN NORFOLK ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE

The number of children being excluded from schools in Norfolk is causing concern.

New figures show that the total of pupils permanently excluded from the county’s schools this year is above the national average.

A total of 188 pupils are now excluded mainly for persistent disruptive behaviour with nearly three-quarters of them from secondary schools.

The county council has now applied for government funding of £500,000 to help support schools to reduce the use of exclusions.

ORGAN FESTIVAL SET TO RETURN

The organ festival in Diss looks set for a repeat performance next year.

This year’s event at the weekend proved a big success with more than 50 mechanical organs filling the streets of the town centre with music.

It was the second year of the festival which is already the biggest event of its type in the UK.

COUNTDOWN TO DISS CARNIVAL

The countdown to this year’s Diss Carnival is well underway.

With just three weeks to go, organisers have announced a new fun event in the main arena at this year’s carnival: dog show.

Entry is on the day and there are several categories including most handsome and prettiest dog, golden oldie (for dogs over 7 years old) and Best Rescue.

The competition is open to all dogs and their owners.

The event is being organised by the local branch of the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children with proceeds going to the charity and the carnival.

The full event line-up for the day on June 10th will be in the carnival programme, which is about to be delivered to people in the town.

QUEEN ADMIRES NORFOLK-GROWN FLOWERS

The Queen has spent some of her time at the Chelsea Flower Show today admiring the roses at a South Norfolk stand.

She called in at the award-winning stand of Attleborough-based Peter Beales Roses, which has won its 25th gold medal at the show.

The firm, now in its 50th year, has just launched two new roses called Fragrant Celebration and Ely Cathedral.

LOCAL SPORT

Football….and it now seems that Ipswich Town have missed out on one of their possible targets for the manager’s job at Portman Road.

St Mirren’s Jack Ross is now set to join Sunderland and it looks certain that Ipswich owner Marcus Evans has decided to appoint Paul Hurst from Shrewsbury Town but the appointment is on hold until after the play-off finals at the weekend.

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