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X Factor hopefuls pack pub for first auditions

Hopefuls for this year's The X Factor on ITV packed a Norfolk pub last night to audition to take part in the show.

They were at The Bird Cage in Norwich for an open mic style evening. The singers were watched by a panel of judges from the show, who will decide if they go through to the next round. Successful performers will be invited to sing in front of The X Factor's famous line-up of judges later in the year.


Professor trademarks his own name

Stephen Hawking Credit: PA

The Cambridge scientist Professor Stephen Hawking has reportedly applied to get his name trademarked.

Mr Hawking apparently wants to become a brand so that he can market his own products and stop other people from using his name to sell merchandise.

It could also allow him to set up a foundation into motor neurone disease which has left him paralysed since his 20s.


Couple set to tie the knot in Morrisons supermarket

A Cambridgeshire couple are preparing for a wedding with a difference today - they'll walk down the supermarket aisles to tie the knot.

Rebecca Wooller, 44, and Blake Green, 53, will marry in their local branch of Morrisons in Cambourne this afternoon.

Rebecca Wooller and Blake Green to marry in local Morrisons Credit: ITV News Anglia

They chose to marry there because it was the only place the bride, who was ill when they first met, could venture out on first dates.

Former undertaker and mother-of-four, Miss Wooller said: "I'm feeling nervous but very excited."

Part of the supermarket cafe will be sectioned off for the event and Morrisons has provided flowers and food.

As well as the usual family and friends, shoppers will be invited to get involved by lining the aisles to greet the couple.

Suffolk soprano to sing at Twickenham

Suffolk singer Laura Wright visiting the Alde Valley Academy in Leiston Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk soprano Laura Wright will be England's official anthem singer when they face Scotland in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday.

She's been visiting schools in her home county to encourage more young people to take up the sport.

The school rugby team preparing for a picture! Credit: ITV News Anglia

She's an ambassador for the All Schools Rugby Project, promoted by England's governing body the RFU.

"I have three older brothers who all play the sport so it was very much part of my family as I grew up. But it wasn't until a couple of years ago when I started playing in London. So I just wanted to come down here today to show the sport if it's found earlier in life as well that there's potential in there which can be realised."

– Laura Wright

Have you won the lottery?

People in Northamptonshire are being urged to double-check their Lotto tickets as an unclaimed Lotto jackpot of £2.5 million is believed to belong to a ticket bought in the county.

A National Lottery spokesman said the prize-winning ticket was purchased in the south Northamptonshire area for the draw on February 7.

The six winning numbers were 3, 6, 15, 17, 18, 35 and the Bonus Ball was 22.

The lucky ticket-holder has until August 6, 2015 to claim their prize.

If no-one comes forward then the prize money will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

"We're eager to find the mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings - this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody's life. We're urging everyone who bought a Lotto ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.

– National Lottery spokesperson

Charity mug in aid of EACH

Duchess of Cambridge visiting the Emma Bridgewater factory Credit: ITV News

A set of specially designed mugs made to help raise money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices go on sale today.

The Duchess of Cambridge who is patron to the charity saw the Emma Bridgewater creations being made when she visited the factory in February.

Five pounds from the sale of each mug, which features ladybirds, will go to the charity for its 'Nook' appeal to build a new hospice in Norfolk.

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