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Christmas tree festival gets underway in Northamptonshire

The Christmas tree festival at St Giles Church, Desborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

The largest Christmas tree festival in Northamptonshire has opened. 111 trees have been entered this year from local community groups and families.

St Giles Church in Desborough hosts the festival and this year is there 15th year.

There are many different themes this year, from Doctor Who, to the Fisrt World War and of course a particular children's film, 'Frozen.'

Olaf the snowman has appeared in the festival at Desborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

The festival is open for people to go and view all weekend. From 3pm - 9pm today, Friday 28th November and 10am - 6pm Saturday 29th and 11.30am - 5.30pm on SUnday 30th November.

"This year the most popular theme is Frozen, we have a tree for Olaf, Sven and at least three snowmen, it just keeps going on and on."

– Alan Window, Committee member
There was even a cupcake Christmas tree Credit: ITV News Anglia

Green theme to art exhibition

Today (Friday) is the final chance to view an art exhibition on the theme of climate change at the Forum in Norwich.

Icebergs and Island by Krys Leach Credit: The Greenhouse Trust

The Greenhouse Gallery, with funding from the Arts Council, has inaugurated a 'Climate Art Fund', whose aim is to encourage local artists, musicians, writers, poets, filmmakers etc to engage creatively with the issue of climate change and bring the challenges and possibilities now facing us all to a wider audience.

New Horizons, Sizewell- by Martin Thake Credit: The Greenhouse Trust

The event on the evening of Friday 28th will include bar and music by two-man band The Hot Penguins and a Live Art Auction of this year's submissions in aid of the Climate Art Fund and the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise Appeal, with professional auctioneer Rebecca Mayhew of Durrants Auction Rooms.

Tidal Surge, Southwold - by Moyra Byford Credit: The Greenhouse Trust

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Crime writer P. D. James dies aged 94

P.D. James has died aged 94. Credit: PA

Crime writer P.D. James, who wrote the Adam Dalgliesh series of novels has died aged 94.

The detective novels were turned into a television series starring Roy Marsden by ITV Anglia.

Baroness James had a home in Suffolk at one point and was educated at the Cambridge High School for girls.

She spent thirty years as a civil servant before becoming a full time writer.

Suffolk star Ed Sheeran adds second Wembley Stadium date

Ed Sheeran will now play two dates at Wembley. Credit: PA

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran has announced that he will play a second night at Wembley Stadium due to popular demand.

The 23-year-old will now perform on Saturday 11 July, as well as the Friday.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday (28 November), but pre-sales have already gone through the roof.

Cambridgeshire: ITV drama 'Grantchester' to return for a second series

Tessa Peake-Jones and James Norton, who star in 'Grantchester'. Credit: ITV

ITV have confirmed that a second series of 'Granchester' has been commissioned.

The drama is based on a group of villagers in Cambridgeshire, with much of the series being filmed in the real hamlet of Grantchester.

The first series averaged 6.6million viewers, and the new episodes will be filmed next year.

It will be produced by Lovely Day.

“We received a tremendous audience reaction to Grantchester.

It was so well received so it was an easy decision to commission a new series. We’re looking forward to working with Diederick Santer (Lovely Day’s Managing Director) and reading Daisy Coulam’s (writer) beautifully written scripts.”

– Steve November, ITV Director of Drama

The Script to return to Thetford Forest

The band are returning to Thetford in 2015 Credit: Forestry Commission

The Script have announced they are return to Thetford Forest next year as part of Forest Live 2015.

It's the annual summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission, where bands perform in unique woodland locations across England.

The Irish trio’s fourth album ‘No Sound Without Silence’ hit the top of the charts on its release. They'll perform in Thetford on July 2nd.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring both music and forests to new audiences.

Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 14 year history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors.

We love performing live and our biennial gig in the woods is becoming a bit of a touring tradition, so we are really looking forward to playing Thetford Forest again in 2015.”

– Danny O'Donoghue

Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday 28th November from the Forestry Commission box office.

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Two decades of lottery millions and new millionaires

The National Lottery is marking two decades of creating millionaires and supporting good causes across the Anglia region.

More than £32 billion has been raised for charity national since the first draw, on November 19 1994, while in excess of 3,700 ticket-holders have been made into millionaires during its 20-year history.

And organisers say more than £53 billion has been handed out in prizes since it began.

Watch this report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer on the impact of the lottery in the East of England

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