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Norfolk van artist's latest 'mudsterpiece' celebrates royal engagement

Ruddy Muddy's latest "mudsterpiece" Credit: @Ruddy_Muddy

Norfolk van artist Ruddy Muddy didn't take long to react to news of today's royal engagement.

He's already revealed his latest "mudsterpiece" on the back on his white van in Wicklewood, near Norwich, congratulating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Ruddy Muddy, whose real name is Rick Minns, tweeted the royal family with an image of his artwork.

'World's smallest donkey' causes big stir in Cambridgeshire

Donkey Ottie is now 8-months-old Credit: ITV Anglia

A tiny donkey - thought to be the world's smallest - is becoming a huge attraction at his home in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire.

Little Ottie is now eight months old and is just 16 inches tall.

He is a Miniature American and one day his owner Cheryl Griffiths hopes he will star in local shows and nativity plays.

And why is he called Ottie? Because he's Donkey Ottie, of course!


Penguin reunion but 'Dippy' the eldest has cold feet

A group of penguins, who were split up and sent to two Norfolk Sea Life centres, when a wildlife park closed down on the Isle of Wight, have been reunited in Great Yarmouth.

The humboldt penguins will now live at the Sea Life centre in Yarmouth while their home is refurbished at the Hunstanton centre.

Staff say they all settled in quickly, but Dippy who already lives in Great Yarmouth and who is the eldest penguin at 22 years old, was a little bit anxious about the new penguins coming into his new home.

Staff release penguins into their new enclosure in Great Yarmouth Credit: ITV News Anglia

''Dippy is our eldest penguin, he's 22 and he's also a bit of a superstar and he kind of wanted reassurance. Who are all these penguins and am I still your favourite and of course he is.''

– Darren Gook, Senior Marine Biologist
One of the penguins happily taking the plunge Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Humbodlts are very sociable birds and they'll love being part of a bigger flock for a few months while the work is carried out at Hunstanton. We're expecting lots of bill tapping and friendly honking at each other. They've a lot to catch up on."

– Terri Harris, Great Yarmouth Sea Life General Manager

Dippy suffers from arthritis, and a gently sloping 'disabled access ramp' has been provided from him at the Great Yarmouth centre.

Staff trying to persuade 'Dippy' to get into the water Credit: ITV News Anglia


Royal wedding: Memories from a Norwich couple who married in Luton in 1947

Edward and Lilias Stanbrook-Evans married in 1947 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh may be celebrating their platinum anniversary, but they're not the only ones.

Edward and Lilias Stanbrook-Evans who now live in Norwich married in Luton in1947.

They took their vows as the Royal couple were married at Westminster Abbey.

Edward and Lilias in 1947 on their wedding day Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There hadn't been anything joyful for the last few years and this was something quite exciting."

– Lilias Stanbrook-Evans

Controversial Christmas tree back in prime position in Peterborough

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Peterborough's controversial Christmas Tree is back on Cathedral Square for the third year running.

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The reusable modern tree which cost £40,000 has not gone down well with everyone.

However the City Council says the tree which will last them five years has meant they're making significant savings on their Christmas decorations.

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Transforming Suffolk's Gainsborough House: Have your say

Perspective section of how the museum will look Credit: ZMMA

People are being asked to share their thoughts on architectural plans for Gainsborough House in Sudbury.

A public exhibition is being held to show people the plans for the £8.5 million redevelopment project will help create a National Centre for Thomas Gainsborough, who died in 1788.

The redevelopment will turn the museum into a world-leading arts centre with four new galleries to showcase Thomas Gainsborough's art.

Gainsborough Silk Wall Credit: Sophie Woods at Gainsborough’s House
How the exhibitions gallery will look Credit: ZMMA

"This nationally significant project represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for Gainsborough's House. It has enormous support, yet we still need to secure £1 million by March 2018 to ensure the project goes ahead."

– Mark Bills, Director, Gainsborough House
Gainsborough House, Sudbury Credit: ITV News Anglia

The museum will also be able to display more information about Gainsborough's personal and family life as well as his artwork.

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