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Crafting an impressive revival in our brewing industry

While the headlines in recent years have been dominated by the number of pubs closing down - brewers have been quietly cashing in on a renewed interest in craft beer.

The number of breweries operating in the UK has topped two thousand for the first time since the 1930s.

According to CAMRA's latest Good Pub Guide, that includes 152 in this region alone including 41 in Norfolk, 27 in Suffolk and 31 in Essex.

This week sees the 40th annual Norwich Beer Festival, with up to 20,000 visitors expected through the door by the time it finishes on Saturday 28 October.


Wizz Air launches UK licence bid ahead of Brexit

Opening its base in June

Hungarian-based airline Wizz Air has applied for a UK licence ahead of Brexit. It plans to set up a Wizz Air UK subsidiary at London Luton Airport, where it currently operates 41 routes. This will begin in March 2018 subject to receipt of an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and Operating Licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The firm pledged to employ more than 100 people in management, pilots and cabin crew roles at Luton by the end of next year.

It follows the airline opening its first base in the UK at Luton in the summer.

Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi said:

"It is a natural next step in the development of our UK business and will bring additional investment and jobs to our UK base at London Luton. "The UK remains the single biggest travel market in Europe and we are currently the UK's eighth largest operator, and this move is also part of our broader strategy to ensure that our UK operations are Brexit-ready. "We look forward to working with the CAA to take this application forward."

– Jozsef Varadi

Colchester's Jumbo water tower to get new lease of life

Colchester's Jumbo water tower dominates the skyline but stopped being used as a water tower back in 1987 and has since had a string of different owners.

The Grade Two listed Victorian building has fallen into disrepair but now there are plans to convert it into a restaurant.

Watch Serena Sandhu's report.

Flight operation bringing back stranded Monarch holidaymakers ends

The last of of the flights bringing stranded Monarch holidaymakers home after the airline collapsed landed at Luton airport this morning.

More than 80,000 holidaymakers have been repatriated to the UK as part of an operation expected to cost around £60 million.

The CAA brought more than 80,000 passengers back to the UK. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) put on 567 flights which brought back 83,875 passengers to the UK after the travel company went into administration.

The last of the flights - a service from Tel Aviv in Israel with 122 passengers - landed at Luton Airport at just after 3.30am this morning (16 October).

Administrators KPMG said 1,858 of around 2,100 people employed across Monarch's airline and tour group had been made redundant after the firm went bust.

Luton based easyJet records bumper summer sales

easyJet has reported record summer sales Credit: ITV News Anglia

After a week which saw Luton based Monarch airlines collapse, easyJet has reported record summer sales.

More than 24 million passengers travelled with Luton based easyJet in the last three months as they took advantage of low fares to beach destinations. 96% of their seats were filled.

However EasyJet's Chief Executive Carolyn McCall says the market is still challenging. She's warned the decline in the value of the pound will cost the airline 100 million pounds.


More than 34,000 Monarch customers now flown back to UK

All Monarch planes have been grounded Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 34,000 Monarch customers have now been flown back to the UK after the Luton based travel company went into administration on Monday.

The Civil Aviation Authority says it's chartered around than 173 flights, but still has around 75,392 passengers to fly home.

Passengers have been flown back

“Our operation has thus far gone well and I am very pleased with the progress we have made during the first three days. However, this is a huge undertaking and we still have 11 days to go. Everybody at the CAA remains completely focused on this mission."

– Dame Deirdre Hutton, Chair of the CAA
  • Day 1 & 2 - 119 flights
  • Day 3 - 54 flights
  • Day 4 - 58 flights planned

Today ( Thursday 5th October) the CAA plans to operate 58 flights and bring back 10,793 people.

Could mustard making be coming to an end in Norwich?

Colman's of Norwich has become one of the most iconic mustard brands in the world since it started being made in the city more than two hundred years ago.

Now parent company Unilever are reviewing the future of their Norwich operation which could mean closure.

Yet just three years ago the future seemed secure as ITV Anglia reporter Kate Prout looked at the company's proud history.

Click below to watch her report from 2014

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