LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 25/7/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 25 July, 2018
FIRE CREWS FIGHT MAJOR FIELD BLAZE
A large crop fire near Hinderclay has been tackled by fire crews from Suffolk, helped by colleagues from Norfolk and Essex.
The fire broke out across about 50 acres of fields near Hinderclay Hall, close to the main A143 between Diss and Bury St Edmunds. A dozen crews were involved in bringing the blaze under control yesterday afternoon.
RAIN EXPECTED AT THE WEEKEND
It looks like rain is finally on its way to Norfolk and Suffolk.
Thundery showers are expected to reach this area late on Friday evening, continuing overnight and into Saturday morning in many places.
Some parts of the two counties have been without any rain now for 50 days, longer than the previous long, dry spell of 1976.
Meanwhile, the Mid Suffolk Light Railway in Stowmarket has suspended steam services until significant rain, because of the fire risk. Diesel trains will continue to run.
TOWN CENTRE MAIN ROAD TO CLOSE FOR A DAY
Part of a main road through Diss is to be completely closed in the town centre for repairs to the road surface.
It’s planned to close the Victoria Road section of the A1066 from the John Grose garage to the Tesco roundabout, but just for one day, on Sunday September 9th. The closure will run from 7 in the morning until 6 in the evening.
A detour will be in operation for traffic on the day – and again on the following three Sundays, when it’s expected that work will take place from 4 in the afternoon and overnight, with traffic lights in operation.
Norfolk county council says the work is essential to repair the road due to heavy wear and also improve pedestrian measures.
DISS FEST SET FOR NUMBER FIVE
Organisers of Diss Fest say they’re looking to organise the event again next year. It will be the fifth time that the community arts festival has been held in the town.
Around 2,000 people are said to have attended this year’s event in Diss Park last weekend, an increase on the previous year.
Meanwhile, work is underway to set up for this weekend’s big music event in the park. Gig in The Park will launch for the first time on Friday evening.
KEEPER KRUL COMES ON BOARD
Football…..Norwich City have completed a deal to bring Dutch international goalkeeper Tim Krul to Carrow Road.
The 30 year old has signed for two years on a free transfer, after being released by Brighton.
Ipswich striker Martyn Waghorn is said to be wanted by Derby County, but Town say the player has not put in any transfer request.