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Norfolk's "Mini Monet" exhibits work alongside his artistic hero

Kieron Williamson.
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The Norfolk schoolboy dubbed "Mini Monet" is staging his latest summer art exhibition - featuring his own paintings and those of his hero.

Kieron Williamson, who was a multi millionaire at only 11, already has a big collection of work by Edward Seago that he bought with his earnings.

It is now 40 years since the artist's death. He was a favourite of the Queen Mother and taught Prince Philip and Prince Charles to paint.

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A great success: The vacuum cleaner still going strong after 78 years

by Stuart Leithes

An 82-year-old man from Holbeach near Peterborough has a vacuum cleaner that's almost as old as he is.

Bernard Storey got the 1936 Hoover from his late mother and he's still able to clean his carpets with it.

Bernard acquired it when his mother Emma passed away and she got it from a family she had worked for as a cleaner.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

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Red Arrow's first mascot remembered fifty years on

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Dusty who was killed in an accident before Red Arrow's first official display. Credit: ITV Anglia

One of the first Red Arrow display pilots has been back to see the grave of their first mascot who was killed in an accident just before their debut flight in 1965.

Henry Prince's Golden Retriever, Dusty, was hit by an aircraft as it taxied on a runway. Now local school children have restored the grave and Henry, who's from Norfolk, has been back to visit it.

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Couple found out about lottery win while manning a car boot sale stall

Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy celebrate their win. Credit: Camelot.

A couple from Hertfordshire are set to bring their wedding plans forward after winning nearly £800,000 on the lottery.

Insurance manager, Lesley Blackman, 40, from Ware, found out about the win while manning a car boot stall with fiancé Matthew McCarthy.

The pair experienced a surge of generosity and sold everything for £1 an item to make £150 on top of the £799,255 jackpot share.

Lesley said: “I really couldn't concentrate for the rest of the day and just kept telling everyone that everything was a pound so I think some bargains were had.

“We have been planning to get married for a while now with a small gathering of family and friends in Lake Como, Italy, but we weren’t able to afford it. With this win we’ll still have exactly the same wedding but we can now set a date sooner rather than later.

"I’m so happy, I can’t wait to organise it."

Lesley is also hoping to buy a horse to rekindle her love of the animals and start riding again.

Her winning numbers were 5, 10, 16, 23, 31 and 44 and she won a share of the £4.79 million jackpot.

Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy with their massive cheque. Credit: Camelot.
Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy hope to buy a horse with some of their winnings. Credit: Camelot.

'Supermum' squirrel produces 48th Kitten

A red squirrel at a conservation centre in Norfolk has stunned wardens by producing her 48th kitten.

Affectionately named Tortoiseshell, the seven-year-old squirrel has proved to be one of the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust's greatest success stories, producing her littlers since 2008.

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Tortoiseshell with one of her babies Credit: Pensthorpe Conservation Trust

Tortoiseshell and her former partner Tweedledum were considered one of the most successful breeding pairs in the Trust’s history, but when Tweedledum died in 2012 there was concern she might never breed again.

But Tortoiseshell’s latest match with new partner Bryn has produced three new kittens - two male and one female.

Wardens predict that the kittens were born between late February and early March They venture from the drey after 6 to 7 weeks and are fully weaned by 10 weeks old.

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Two of Tortoiseshell's latest litter Credit: Pensthorpe Conservation Trust

Chrissie Kelley, Head of Species Management for the Trust and Coordinator for the East Anglian Red Squirrel group said “Red squirrels only survive in a handful of locations in the UK, which is why we’re so fortunate to have successful breeding pairs here at Pensthorpe.

"By having her here we can highlight the beauty and character of this enigmatic species by capturing the imagination of our visitors and educating them on their plight.”

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