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Red Arrow's first mascot remembered fifty years on

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.

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.

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.

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.”


Holt sings The Beatles

Hundreds of people packed into the north Norfolk town of Holt this weekend to celebrate fifty years of Beatles music.

Organiser Tom Appleton talking about the 'Holt Howl' where 600 people came together in song

They formed a giant choir - so big the town centre had to be closed for the performance. It was the culmination of months of planning and rehearsals.

Local people, schools and businesses were all invited to come along and sing some of the best known Beatles songs.

All the money raised will go to the Holt Youth Project which helps children in the town.

Brother and sister win top cook's award for their marmalade

A brother and sister from Stanwick in Northamptonshire have won an international award for their efforts in the kitchen as cooks.

Charlotte and Christopher Foster, who are just eight and ten-years-old, took first prize at a marmalade competition attracting entries from all over the world

The competition is judged by members of the WI, who, when it comes cooking, have notoriously high standards. They gave the blood orange marmalade 20 out of 20.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

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