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Northants singer going back to university

19 year old Faryl Smith Credit: ITV News Anglia

Singer Faryl Smith from Kettering in Northamptonshire is taking a break from recording classical albums and touring the country to study music at university.

Back in 2008, at the age of 12, singer Faryl was one of the stars of the ITV show Britain's Got Talent.

Appearing on Britain's Got Talent in 2008 Credit: ITV

Seven years on, she still rehearses in her bedroom in Kettering but admits her career has taken an unusual path as she explains to our reporter Stuart Leithes......

Petition calling for Norwich's Alan Partridge to be new Top Gear presenter

Alan Partridge during a visit to Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

An online petition has emerged backing Norwich's most famous son - Alan Partridge as the next presenter of Top Gear.

More than 14,000 people have joined the call to install Alan as the show's host after Jeremy Clarkson was suspended earlier this month.

No decision has been made though as to whether Clarkson will return to his job and there is plenty of speculation as to who might replace him.


Norfolk's Cromer Pier voted 'Pier of the year 2015'

Cromer Pier, North Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cromer Pier in Norfolk has been named as Pier of the Year 2015.

The National Piers Society has named it as the best, ahead of piers at Worthing, Eastbourne and Llandudno.

Cromer Pier is owned by the local council and stages the last remaining 'End of the Pier show' in Europe.

It is still being repaired after being badly damaged by the December storm surge of 2013.

Cromer still holds an 'End of the Pier show' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Meat Loaf tribute show cancelled

A show celebrating rock legend Meat Loaf has been cancelled in Norwich this evening because one of the musicians has been injured in a car crash.

Still from 'The Meatloaf Story' Credit: Norwich Theatre Royal

One of the keyboard players on 'The Meat Loaf Story' is suffering from a broken leg and wrist.

“There is not the time to arrange another player for Norwich. I have been ill and two other key members of the cast have also suffered injuries so it has been a tough time.

"It is the first time in 30 years of touring that I have had to cancel shows. I am very sorry if you have made plans to come and see us.”

– Steve Steinman, actor from the show.

The box office team at Norwich Theatre Royal are in the process of contacting everyone who has booked a ticket to tell them the show will not go ahead.

In the next few days they will also all receive a letter with details of a full refund for their tickets.

“Our message is don’t call us. We will call you. Staff here will telephone everyone as quickly as possible to let them know the show is off.”

– John Bultitude, Norwich Theatre Royal.


Sam Smith concert sells out in 40 minutes

Tickets sold out

Tickets for Sam Smith's "home" gig in Thetford are reported to have sold out within 40 minutes on Friday morning.

The Cambridgeshire singer will perform at Thetford Forest on Friday 3rd July as part of Forest Live, the annual summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission.

Sam Smith’s album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ has sold over 5 million copies globally. He's also won four Grammy and two Brit Awards!

Essex: V Festival tickets to go on sale later this morning

Calvin Harris will headline the festival Credit: PA

Excited festival goers will be trying to get their hands on tickets for this summer's V Festival today.

Tickets for the August event at Hylands Park in Chelmsford go on sale at 9am.

Calvin Harris and Kasabian have already been announced as this year's headliners.

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