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Car parks full at Duxford Air Show: Stay away plea by organisers

A Hurricane fighter aircraft at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

Unless you have pre-booked tickets, organisers of the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire are advising drivers to stay away after car parks filled up by 8.15am.

It's the second day of the show at the Imperial War Museum and tickets are still available for people arriving on foot or by courtesy bus.

Organisers said: "Our car parks for advance ticket holders remain open. If you already have a ticket you will be directed to a car park reserved exclusively for advance ticket holders."

"The Meadow car park is now full and there is no longer any car parking available for visitors who wish to buy a ticket and are arriving by car. If you do not have a ticket for The Duxford Air Show today and are coming by car, please do not travel to IWM Duxford."

– IWM Duxford

Highlights of the Duxford Air Show

  • The Red Arrows aerobatic display team
  • Avro Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
  • Boeing 727
  • Westland Sea King helicopter from the RAF's 22 Squadron at Wattisham, Suffolk
  • Flying Fortress Sally B from B-17 Preservation
  • Spitfires, Hurricanes and WW1 replica aircraft


Cambridge singer-songwriter makes Mercury shortlist

Nick Mulvey Credit: Nick Mulvey

Nick Mulvey's debut album ‘First Mind’ has made it onto the Mercury Prize 2014 shortlist.

Recorded in London and produced by Dan Carey, it was released on Fiction Records in May 2014 and includes the single ‘Cucurucu’. Nick studied music in Havana, Cuba and is a former member of the previously shortlisted Portico Quartet.

Cambridge band Alt-J won in 2012.

Red Panda twins arrive at Shepreth

Shepreth welcomes Red Panda twins Credit: Shepreth Wildlife Park

Shepreth Wildlife Park near Cambridge has welcomed a pair of Red Panda twins.

The panda girls settled into their new habitat instantly, tasting all the different varieties of bamboo on offer. The wildlife park estimates they will be munching their way through quarter of a ton of bamboo every year.

The gardening team has been busy planting throughout the grounds since the go ahead in March.

The twins settle in Credit: Shepreth Wildlife Park

The Red Pandas arrived at the beginning of September after months of preparation, getting their habitat ready and fulfilling the necessary license requirements. The habitat will be officially opened on Saturday.

The South Cambridgeshire wildlife park has wanted to home this species for over 20 years, and the dream finally became a reality after joining EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) just three years ago, allowing the collection to be included in this European Endangered Breeding Programme (EEP).

The two girls, yet to be named, have joined the conservation breeding centre as part of the international breeding programme. When they reach maturity, one of the females will be exchanged with a male to assist with the EEP.

"I remember as a child my father talking about Red Panda as a species he wanted to be involved with for conservation, so it is wonderful that while we celebrate our 30th anniversary this long-term goal has finally come to fruition."

– Rebecca Willers, Wildlife Park Curator

The Red Pandas will have their own special event on Saturday 13th September. It will feature keeper talks and presentations, concluding with the official naming of the animals.


People start to arrive at Sundown Festival

Over the summer the East hosts some of the biggest festivals going. From Latitude in Suffolk, to the Cambridge Folk Festival and of course there's the V-Festival in Chelmsford.

Now with the nights drawing in its time for the grand finale with the appropriately named Sundown Festival taking place in Norwich this weekend with, among the line up, some of the biggest names in British music.

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