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Norfolk third most popular place to own holiday home

Nearly 200,000 people in the UK now own a static holiday home says a new report, with Norfolk proving a popular place to own one.

An average of £55,000 is often invested on the getaway space according o Park Leisure who commissioned the report.

Norfolk came in third in the top ten most popular places to invest.

  • Cornwall
  • South Hams
  • Norfolk
  • Lake District
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Gwynedd
  • East Lindsey
  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Cotswolds
  • Peak District

Over two-thirds of those surveyed in East Anglia saved for years to fund their dream holiday home at 83% and one in three used money they had inherited to buy a second home for holidays.

The average age of someone buying a second home is 37-years with most purchases happening in July.

"We commissioned the Park Leisure report as a first ever piece of research into this industry, revealing the psychological benefits of owning an easily accessible holiday home."

– Gary Molloy, CEO at Park Leisure

Suffolk Show enjoys bumper year

This year's Suffolk Show attracted record numbers Credit: ITV

More than ninety thousand people attended the Suffolk show this year.

The higher than usual number means that the Suffolk Agricultural Association which runs the event is expecting to break even on the costs.

The increased numbers of visitors follows a drive by the charity to attract more famlies and young people, with free entry offered to children under fifteen.

The show put an added emphasis on family entertainment this year Credit: ITV

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Thousands enjoy the sun on first morning of Norfolk show

Thousands of people have been enjoying the sun at the Norfolk show. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of visitors have been braving the heat to attend the first day of the Norfolk Show, with 80,000 people expected to come through the gates over the two days.

The event is the largest two-day agricultural event in the UK.

The conflict between countryside and new housing in East Anglia

There's opposition to plans to build thousands of new homes in East Anglia with some people accusing builders of destroying rural life.

Developers say their plans will bring jobs as well as providing green spaces.

Among the proposals is a new village near Langham in Essex, which is close to Colchester, as well as a development at Littleport in Cambridgeshire.

Littleport lies six miles north of Ely. There's concern at plans to be build another 250 homes on the outskirts leading to fears the village could eventually become a suburb of its larger neighbour.

In Essex, plans to build a garden village near Langham, including 4,000 homes, have been submitted to Colchester Council.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

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Slate mine to re-open after 40 years

The slate mine at Collyweston Credit: ITV News Anglia

An old slate mine which has been shut for four decades will reopen in Collyweston in Northamptonshire after councillors approved the decision.

It comes after a slate firm specialising in heritage projects applied to reopen the mine and keep the traditional skills alive for years to come.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire County Council have approved the decision to open it up again.

However some local people are worried about the move.

Filming inside the mine Credit: ITV News Anglia
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Race day: A British team take on the world's best

With less than a week until hundreds of the world's best female cyclists race through our region at the Women's Tour, we've been finding out what it takes to compete at the very top.

We're behind-the-scenes with one of the British teams taking part, getting an exclusive look at life on the road, at one of their last big tests before the tour. Team Matrix Fitness got off to a good start in the time trial over in Luxembourg, but tonight, tension mounts ahead of the big race. And, as Sarah Cooper reports, it's a big challenge.

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