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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

Clacton's crowds enjoy the heat in new festival

Now last month it played host to the Women's Tour, next month it has the air show and today Clacton in Essex held its first ever Sea and Beach festival.

Organisers, Tendring District Council, said it was the perfect way to kick start the summer season with activities reminiscent of the town's heyday.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard.


Clacton's first ever 'Sea and Beach Festival' begins

A parade as part of Clacton's first ever 'Sea and Beach Festival' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Clacton's first ever 'Sea and Beach Festival' has got underway this morning with a parade through the town.

The new event has been organised to help boost tourism in Clacton, with a variety of events going on all weekend.

Tendring District Council is aiming to bring the town back to its heyday, when the beaches were always packed with families.

"A great deal of planning has gone into the festival and if successful it could be a regular on the calendar. We hope that it will prove popular with both residents and visitors and attract people to the area over the weekend - which can only be good for businesses too."

– Nick Turner, Cabinet member for Coastal Protection
It's hoped the festival will promote Clacton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The festival runs both today and tomorrow from 11am - 5pm.

Dermot O'Leary adds support to Essex Hospice

Dermot O'Leary Credit: Submitted

TV and radio presenter Dermot O'Leary has agreed to become the new patron of St Helena Hospice.

“It is an honour to become a patron of St Helena Hospice. The charity is an institution in Colchester and North East Essex, and anyone who lives there has heard of it, and knows the great work they do. I hope we can continue to raise awareness of their invaluable services, and raise much needed funds towards the care of their patients and families. I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish St Helena Hospice a happy 30th anniversary.”

– Dermot O'Leary

St Helena Hospice provides specialist palliative care services for patients and their families living in North East Essex and parts of Mid Essex who have progressive, life-limiting illness.

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