LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 7/6/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 16 June, 2018
PRIME MINISTER’S DISS-BORN WIDOW DIES AT 102
The Diss-born widow of a former Labour prime minister has died, aged 102.
Mary Wilson spent more than eight years in two spells at Number 10 with her husband, Harold in the 1960s and 1970s.
Known as an established poet, she is said to have died in hospital in London yesterday. She outlived her husband of 55 years by more than two decades.
Lady Wilson was born in January 1916 and was writing poetry from the age of six. A poem about Diss was written by former Poet Laureate the late John Betjeman, after the two friends came to the town for a visit together.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has paid tribute to Lady Wilson, saying that she was a ‘wonderful’ poet…and a huge support to her husband in his election victories as an MP in Liverpool.
WARNING ABOUT BILLS FROM ANGLIAN WATER
Anglian Water has warned that regulatory changes could see customers’ bills increasing in coming years.
The warning’s come as the water company announced a strong financial performance last year.
Although revenue was up slightly, profit fell by almost 5 per cent, due to increased operational activity and spending.
SOUTH NORFOLK SET TO BE ON SHOW AGAIN
South Norfolk On Show is set to return again later this summer.
It will be the ninth year that the event has taken place….in the grounds of South Norfolk council offices at Long Stratton.
A host of entertainment, music, food and other stalls is being arranged for the show, set for Sunday, July 1st.
20-MILE RUN RAISES OVER £20,000
A woman from Tharston has raised £2,000 for charity by running a near-marathon in memory of her close friend’s baby boy.
28 year-old Louise Saunders is friends with the parents of one year old James Thorndyke, who died last year from a rare immune disorder.
They have been campaigning since his death to raise awareness of the condition and to have screening for it included as normal practice.
Louise ran 20 miles to raise the funds for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice.
DISS SINGER’S BIG CHANCE AT LATITUDE FESTIVAL
A singer from Diss will be making an appearance on stage at Suffolk’s big Latitude festival this summer.
24 year old Lucy Pearson is one of the up-and-coming artists to appear on the In-Betweeners stage…where Ed Sheeran has also performed.
She studied music production at the University of Suffolk and has recently started work at a creative college in Norwich tutoring music students.
SUFFOLK’S ED SHEERAN IS THE UK’S MOST-PLAYED ARTIST
Ed Sheeran has been named as Britain’s most played artist.
New figures show he was top of the pops in 2017 for plays by broadcasters and in public places.
He also had the most popular track of all last year, “Shape of You”……..and he also had the third most-played song, “Castle on the Hill”.
Adele was the last artist to do the double…back in 2011.
CITY TO SIGN ARGENTINIAN
Norwich City look set to sign an Argentine under-21 international…..Emiliano Buendia. The midfielder is currently with Spanish first division club, Getafe