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Northampton celebrates the Chinese New Year

The celebrations are in full swing in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton has been celebrating the Chinese New Year at the town's Market Square.

Organised by the Northamptonshire Chinese Society with support from the borough Council, the event involved a mix of traditional entertainment including dragon and lion dances, acrobats and martial arts demonstrations.

It followed the success of Northampton's first-ever Chinese New Year celebration back in 2015, which attracted more than 7,000 visitors.

MP backs campaign to save historic Suffolk pier

James Cartlidge is supporting the campaign to save Shotley pier. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Suffolk MP has joined a fundraising campaign to save the Victorian pier at Shotley.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge is supporting the Shotley Heritage Charitable Community Benefit Society that wants to buy the 122-year-old structure for £100,000.

It will need another £300,000 spent on it to restore it fully.

The group hope to be able to purchase the site by this spring and start restoring it as soon as possible.

Shotley has won village of the year because they came together as a community and now they're doing the same with the pier.

I think both projects are excellent.

– James Cartlidge MP, South Suffolk, Con

Is that actor a little wooden? No, it's a robot: stage play to feature droid

Theatre goers in Cambridge and Luton will be able to see a love story with a difference.

The play 'Spillikin: a love story' features a robot actor in the cast. It's about an elderly lady with Alzheimer's being looked after by a robot.

The production has already been at Suffolk's Latitude Festival but will be at the Cambridge Junction next week and at Luton's Hat Factory in April.


Dying Colchester man with MND raises thousands through birthday card wish

A man from Colchester who has Motor Neurone Disease has received more than 1,350 birthday cards from well-wishers and raised more that £5,000.

Steve Hoggarth asked the public to help him celebrate his 47th and potentially last birthday, by sending him as many cards as possible.

He asked people for donations, so the money could go to charities who've helped him through the past year.

If you still want to send a card you can send them to Steve at: 3 Perth Close Colchester CO2 8UH

New 'Centre for elephant care' to open at Whipsnade Zoo

New 'Centre for elephant care' to open Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The elephants at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable will be packing their trunks this spring to move into a £2million enclosure.

The 'Centre for Elephant Care' will feature a new barn and viewing platform for visitors, all set in 20 acres of grass paddocks.

The new centre includes the following:

  • Soft sand flooring for comfort
  • Dimming lights to mimic night-time conditions
  • Feeding pods to release food regularly during the night
  • Six giaan oak trees for scratching posts.

The new centre will also have balcony viewing so visitors can watch the her. It's due to open at Easter.

War-gaming figures sell for £9,000 at Cambridgeshire auction

The collection included 27 lots of around 50,000 figures. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A huge collection of around 50,000 war-gaming figures dating back over the last forty years has sold at auction for a total of £9,000.

The figures were discovered in a house after its owner died.

A lot of some of the more rare die-cast Warhammer figures sold for the highest amount of £1100 at Willingham Auctions near Cambridge.

The collection sold well at auction as predicted Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It was really good, better than expectations."

– Stephen Drake, Auctioneer, Willingham Auctions

Huge collection of war-gaming figures up for auction in Cambridgeshire

The figures have been grouped into 27 different lots Credit: ITV News Anglia

A huge collection of up to 50,000 war-gaming figures are going up for auction in Cambridgeshire.

The figures, collected over forty years were discovered in a house after its owner died.

Experts expect the painted characters, some of which come from the Warcraft and Warhammer games to fetch up to ten thousand pounds.

Auctioneer Stephen Drake looking through the 27 lots Credit: ITV News Anglia

"When I walked into the house there were piles and piles of plastic containers, all full of these war-gaming figures, most of them painted to a quite high standard, some unpainted, buildings and everything. It was in every room, every room just piled high with these boxes, it was just marvellous, fantastic to find."

– Stephen Drake, Auctioneer, Willingham Auctions
One of the biggest collections of war-gaming figures go up for auction. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The auction at Willingham Auctions near Cambridge is expected to start around 2pm Saturday 4th February.

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