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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.

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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

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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Women's Tour: Getting ready for race weekend

It's fair to say 2014 was a pretty good year for cycling in our region, we saw history made twice, with Essex and Cambridgeshire hosting a stage of the Tour de France and the first ever Women's Tour starting in Northamptonshire and finishing in Suffolk.

The good news is, the cycling is set to continue, when the Women's Tour returns to the East next week.

Once again, thousands are expected to be out on the roads, cheering on the world's top female cyclists, but what does it take to win a road race? To find out, Sarah Cooper's been behind-the-scenes with one of the British teams, in training for the tour.

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