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Thousands visit wave of poppies on Southend seafront

The eye-catching installation at Shoeburyness in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Almost 45,000 people have visited an iconic poppy sculpture on Southend seafront.

The flowers have been at the Barge Pier in Shoeburyness for four weeks.

The area was chosen to host the exhibit because it was one of the first towns in the country to be targeted by German airships during the First World War.

Called Wave, the installation is one of two sculptures touring the country. They were both part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit that drew millions of people to Tower of London in 2014.

The exhibition will be on display until the end of June.


N-Dubz's Dappy charged over Hertfordshire assault

Dappy, a former rapper with N-Dubz, has been charged with assault. Credit: Press Association Images.

Former N-Dubz rapper Dappy will appear in court charged with an assault in Hertfordshire in which armed police had to be called.

The ex-Celebrity Big Brother contestant, whose real name is Costadinos Contostavlos, was arrested after police attended an altercation between a man and woman in a residential street in Hatfield.

Hertfordshire Police said nobody was seriously hurt in the incident at around 4.30pm on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said the 29-year-old, of Roe Green Close, Hatfield, had been charged with a public order offence, possession of a bladed article and assault by beating.

She added he had been remanded in custody to appear at Hatfield Magistrates' Court on Friday.

A representative for the rapper said the allegations were "not true".

Texas complete 2017 Newmarket Nights line-up

Texas, fronted by Sharleen Spiteri, will take to the stage on July 28. Credit: PA

Scottish band Texas have been revealed as the final act for this year's Newmarket Nights.

The rock group have have sold 35 million records over a 30-year career, as well as 13 top ten singles and 3 number one albums.

They'll play at the Racecourse on Friday 28 July and tickets go on general sale on Thursday 4 May.

Other acts already announced include Little Mix and Olly Murs.


Two Door Cinema Club to perform at Latitude- three years after having to pull out

Two Door Cinema Club will be performing in Suffolk this summer Credit: PA

Three years after they had to pull out of headlining Latitude because of ill health, Two Door Cinema Club have announced they'll perform at the Suffolk festival this summer.

The acclaimed trio will take to the Obelisk Arena on the Saturday night armed with a set laden with hits from their trio of albums, Tourist History, Beacon, and Gameshow.

“We are so excited to be coming to Latitude as Special Guests in July. The festival has such a beautiful vibe and is a great celebration of art which we can't wait to be part of this summer.”

– Two Door Cinema Club

Latitude Festival takes place on 13th - 16th July in the grounds of Henham Park in Suffolk.

Jungle animals brought to life in Morpurgo's 'Running Wild'

Oona, the elephant, will be performing all week Credit: ITV News Anglia

Oona the full-size Asian elephant will be performing at the Theatre Royal in Norwich this week.

She'll be brought to life in the stage adaptation of the children's novel, 'Running Wild' by author Michael Morpurgo.

It's the story of a young girl, who is swept into an Indonesian rainforest by a tsunami while she is on an elephant ride.

The production will be on at the Norwich Theatre Royal between 25-29 April.

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