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'Up and away' for Northampton's Balloon Festival

Last year's festival Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hot air balloons from all over the country will gather today for Northampton's annual Balloon Festival.

The popular event at Billing Aquadrome is celebrating its 27th anniversary.

Thousands of people are expected to attend over the weekend.

Northampton Balloon Festival 2015 Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The balloonists are excited about the annual event giving both local and others from further afield the chance to flying above the Northamptonshire countryside. This continues with the support provided by Billing Aquadrome for the last seven years, since the event moved from the Racecourse in 2009."

– Spokesperson for the balloon festival

Police warn of zero tolerance to drugs at V Festival

V-Festival begins this weekend (August 20) Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 175,000 people are expected for this year's V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex this weekend.

Celebrating its 21st birthday the weekend's line-up includes Justin Bieber, Rihanna and the Kaiser Chiefs.

Police are warning they're taking a zero tolerance approach towards drug use at the festival.

"Many officers will be accompanied by dogs trained to sniff out suspicious behaviour and will greet festival-goers at the gates.

"Drugs including so-called legal highs won't be tolerated and officers will seek to prosecute anyone who is found to be selling and in possession. Don't run the risk."

– Carl O'Malley, Assistant Chief Constable, Essex Police


Warning of measles at Norwich's Sundown Festival

Teenagers are being advised to check with their GP that they are fully vaccinated Credit: ITV News Anglia

Festival-goers are being warned to watch out for signs of measles ahead of Norwich's Sundown festival.

It's after hundreds of cases were reported to Public Health England across the UK this year.

It's being put down to people missing their MMR jab when they were younger.

The NHS say these are the initial symptoms to look out for:

  • Cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a cough
  • Sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
  • A high temperature (fever), which may reach around 40C (104F)
  • Small, greyish-white spots on the inside of the cheeks

Cambridgeshire 'Top Cat' eyes national prize

Jessie, a cat from Peterborough could be given the accolade of National Cat of the Year. Credit: ON-Broadcast

A cat from Peterborough could be given the accolade of National Cat of the Year later today.

Jessie was entered into the competition by her owner Tracey who adopted her following the death of her daughter, who suffered a cardiac arrest aged just 18.

Jessie is nominated in the Outstanding Rescue Cat category. If she wins the category she’ll be in with a chance of being named overall National Cat of the Year.

Jessie's owners are embarking on charity work to raise awareness of heart conditions in young people.

“Jessie really has been such an incredible help to us, she has soothed me when the pain has felt too much to bear, made us smile during the darkest of days and been a constant presence in our lives.

"She’s a truly remarkable cat and I don’t know where we would be without her."

– Tracey Jessop-Thompson


Summer show in Clacton still a success

Video report by ITV Anglia's Victoria Lampard.

From Southend to Cromer, there was once a time when many of our seaside resorts entertained thousands each year with their summer shows.

These days they are few and far between with Cromer being home to the country's last end of the pier show.

But Clacton too is keeping the British tradition alive.

They've got a new team behind this year's production at the West Cliff theatre and say they're seeing the best ticket sales in more than a decade.

"We've got eight professional dancers on this stage in almost 15 years. It's bringing back the production, the costumes. Just the spectacular of it all."

– Aaron Lissimore, Co-producer and Director

Tap dance? Bieber to make a splash at V Festival

Bieber makes unusual request Credit: PA

Justin Bieber has requested 800 gallons of purified water - which must be kept at 40 degrees - for his show at the music festival in August.

At some stage during the Love Yourself singer's set - he'll be drenched by it. Organisers of the Festival - which takes place in Chelmsford next month - say Bieber's production is one of the most challenging in the 21-year history of the event.

Bieber, 22, who is making his V debut, will headline the Virgin Media Stage in Hylands Park on August 20.

Also on the bill is Rihanna, playing the festival for the first time in five years.

Other acts among the line-up include the group Faithless, Australian songstress Sia, DJ David Guetta, American singer-songwriter Halsey, British indie rock favourites Bastille, garage star Craig David, Grammy winner Jess Glynne and Kaiser Chiefs.<

Olly Murs speaks of 'first love' football before joining Coggeshall Town on the pitch

Olly Murs Credit: PA

Olly Murs has spoken of his "first love" for football, before joining Coggeshall Town in their match against Ipswich Town on Friday (22 June).

It's not the first time the popstar has joined the Essex side on the pitch. He previously played with them for a Soccer Aid match in June, held at Old Trafford.

The match was was a draw at 1-1.

"I have a fantastic career and I get to do the most amazing things but part of my life - which is a huge part of it - is football.

People have seen me play football, but genuinely it's all I've ever done since I was a kid.

Forget about music. Music's kind of the second thing, my second love. Football's been my first."

– Olly Murs, popstar
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