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The garden shed shortlisted for a national award!

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A garden shed in Northamptonshire has been shortlisted for a national award.

Sonia Walker's husband built it at their home in Rushden for her 50th birthday.

Sonia says its a place for relaxation rather than re-potting! Credit: ITV News Anglia

The shed was built and decorated for under a thousand pounds.

It's apparently more for quiet contemplation than cuttings and compost. Now it's been chosen for the finals of Shed of the Year competition.

"It's just my little place and I love being here but, yeah, I'm very privileged, I feel very special to have got through."

– Sonia Walker


Prince musical 'Purple Rain' will come to Ipswich

The musical will showcase some of Prince's greatest hits throughout his career. Credit: PA

A musical based on the songs of Prince will come to Ipswich as part of a UK-wide tour next year.

'Purple Rain' is described as a live celebration of the star, who died in April 2016, and will be a journey through his career.

The new show will feature a 26-strong group of musicians, singers and dancers, who will bring the star's biggest hits to life on stage.

It will be directed by Gary Lloyd, the man behind the Michael Jackson stage show 'Thriller - Live'.

"Prince's music and constant reinvention is legendary, so to get the opportunity to bring that and all his colourful characters to the theatrical stage is a dream.

"There is a real appetite for live music shows that showcase the musicians as part of the performance. Prince was all about this.

“Prince was a consummate, theatrical artist, but in our show his music is the star. There will be so much for audiences to enjoy, whether they’re fans of musical theatre, Prince or both."

– Gary Lloyd, Director

Scientists ask public to help record 'solitary bee' sightings

Solitary bees are unlike honeybees and bumblebees.

Scientists at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge want the public to help record sightings of solitary bees.

Unlike honeybees and bumblebees - solitary bees like the one pictured - rear their young on their own.

There are about 250 species of solitary bee in the UK, meaning they account for more than 90% of our total bee species

It is hoped the research will give a better understanding of important pollinators.


Drivers warned of traffic jams on first day of Suffolk Show

The show shows off the latest in farm technology Credit: ITV Anglia.

Drivers are being warned to expect delays around Trinity Park this morning as the Suffolk Show gets underway.

The two-day event is a celebration of food, farming heritage and the countryside.

It will feature best in breed animals, machinery from the past 100 years, the latest farming technology and a military zone featuring an Apache helicopter.

The helicopter landed yesterday. Credit: ITV Anglia.
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