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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.


Move over Penny Lane and Route 66, it's time to sing about the B1159...

Addison's Uncle on their favourite route.

We can all sing along to Baker Street, Electric Avenue, Route 66 and, of course, The Beatles' Penny Lane.

But what about The B1159?

Well, the winding Norfolk coastal route, linking Cromer to Caister-on-sea, has become the latest road to inspire a song.

It has been written by Philip Pearson, from the band Addison's Uncle, who was inspired by the scenic route during journeys with his father back to Norfolk after visiting relatives in Nottingham.

Philip said the rather-long detour used to drive him mad.

"Sure, there may be faster routes that could take half the time. The kids have almost gone insane. The wife and I don't mind. Gonna drive this old Sierra down the B1159."

– The B1159, Addison's Uncle.

Natalie Gray headed up to north Norfolk to meet the band.

More than 70 people were arrested at V Festival on suspicion of drugs offences

Arrests for drug possession (53), drug-dealing (9), assaults (1), theft (3), public order (1) and selling nitrous oxide (7).

More than 70 people were arrested at the V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend on suspicion of drugs offences.

Essex Police said nine people had been arrested for suspected drug dealing, and 53 for possession. Today work started on clearing up Hylands Park after the festival.

"I’m really pleased with the great work from all our officers who have been liaising with the V-Festival organisers to make sure this brilliant event was both safe and enjoyable.

"The work of our drugs dogs in sniffing out those in supplying drugs has once again proven to be a successful tactic. The dogs were also a great hit with the festival-goers, many who stopped to stroke the dogs and engage with officers.”

– Policing Commander, Chief Supt Simon Williams, Essex Police


Manics cancel V Festival performance


Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers cancelled their performance at last night's V Festival in Chelmsford after being stranded in Hungary.

The band, known for hits including number one If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, were second on the bill for the MTV Stage at Chelmsford's Hylands Park.

The Manics said they expected to be able to perform at V's Staffordshire event tonight.

Writing on Twitter, a band spokesman said:

"With huge regret, Manic Street Preachers announce the cancellation of their scheduled V Festival show in Chelmsford today (August 16).

"After five hours on runway at Budapest Airport following Sziget Festival last night, MSP were informed the BA plane they were on would not fly.

"The band made every endeavour to get back to the UK in time to play. The band apologise to their fans at V Chelmsford for the cancellation.

"Manic Street Preachers are playing tomorrow's V Festival in Stafford."

Essex children's centre welcomes patron Olly Murs back to this home town

Celebrity singer Olly Murs has been back in his home town of Witham in Essex this week.

He was visiting the charity Brainwave, which helps children with development problems.

He spent time chatting with the families, and was given a rather unusual thank you gift from staff.

Tanya Mercer reports.

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