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Pop star patron Olly Murs visits children's centre

Olly Murs visits the Brainwave children's centre in Witham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Pop star Olly Murs has spent the morning at a children's centre in Essex to see the good work being done in his home town.

The former X Factor contestant is a patron of the Brainwave charity.

Today, he visited its Children's Therapy Centre based in Witham to meet some of the children and their families who use it.

Brainwave offers therapy to children with disabilities and additional needs.

Olly Murs visits the Brainwave children's centre in Witham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.
Olly Murs visits the Brainwave children's centre in Witham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.


Thousands of Volkswagon fans attend Thetford Forest WhiteNoise festival

Thetford Forest WhiteNoise festival.

Thousands of Volkswagon fans have been meeting in Thetford Forest this weekend for the twelfth annual WhiteNoise festival.

It's a celebration of all things VW as more than 300 campervans and Beetles from across the country made the journey to Euston Hall on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

It's the biggest VW event in the region and includes bands and children's entertainment.

Thetford Forest WhiteNoise festival.

"I think it's a lifestyle, people buy into it and they get the bug and it's a lifelong sort of obsession then."

– Neil Haughey, Organiser
Thetford Forest WhiteNoise festival.

Actor to relive stories of people caught up in war

The film star John Hurt is taking to the stage to tell the stories of six Norfolk people caught up in the First World War.

Among them a soldier who died, a soldier who survived, a nurse and a conscientious objector.

School children are performing alongside the professionals. Watching will be relatives of the people whose lives inspired the production.

"We spend our time on this saying we will not forget them - we will remember them . We have to make sure that we do in a sense otherwise, well, I don't know, I don't know, it's hard to say, but I mean there's more chance of successfully keeping the peace if we do remember than if we don't."

– John Hurt

Thousands brave heat and threat of storms for Latitude Festival

Thousands of people have been descending on Henham Park near Southwold in Suffolk for the Latitude Festival.

The event, in its ninth year, kicks off tonight with headliner, Lily Allen. The singer stepped in at the last minute to cover sickness.

The weekend is a mixed bag of arts, comedy, music and according to the forecast, weather too.

Latitude attracts some big names - this year they've got Chrissie Hynde, Alison Moyet and locals like Emma Freud and her partner, Richard Curtis.

"We have dance, we have West End shows on the Waterfront stage, we have a huge kids' area which is a festival within a festival really. There's something for everyone. Kids come, babies come, even my granny is here. So everyone turns up"

– Jennifer Roberts, Latitude

Click below to watch a report from Latitude by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout


Ashleigh and Pudsey return to region for special screening of first feature film

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey attend the premiere of their new film in London. Credit: Press Association Images.

Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey were back in the region today to be given the freedom of Wellingborough.

Tonight, they'll head to Northampton for a special screening of the dancing duo's first feature film.

Our reporter Olivia Paterson has been there too.

Norfolk's "Mini Monet" exhibits work alongside his artistic hero

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The Norfolk schoolboy dubbed "Mini Monet" is staging his latest summer art exhibition - featuring his own paintings and those of his hero.

Kieron Williamson, who was a multi millionaire at only 11, already has a big collection of work by Edward Seago that he bought with his earnings.

It is now 40 years since the artist's death. He was a favourite of the Queen Mother and taught Prince Philip and Prince Charles to paint.

Lily Allen steps in as last-minute Latitude headliner

Lily Allen is to headline at Latitude Festival. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Pop star Lily Allen will headline the opening night of the Latitude Festival in Suffolk after indie band Two Door Cinema Club pulled out of the event.

The decision comes after the band's singer, Alex Trimble, announced he was too ill to perform at the Henham Park arts and music festival.

Allen, whose latest album is entitled Sheezus, stepped in at the last minute to fill the slow.

The outspoken star sent her best wishes to the performer and said she was looking forward to taking to the stage at Henham Park.

She said: "So sorry to hear about Alex from Two Door Cinema Club. However I am more than happy to step in."

"I've never been to Latitude but I hear it's fabulous and I can't wait to get my heels on for some serious dancing action on Friday evening - so, so excited."

– Lily Allen.

Two Door Cinema Club issued a statement, saying: "It is with a heavy heart that we are going to need to cancel our upcoming shows at Latitude and Bournemouth Academy.

"Alex collapsed at Seattle airport on the way to London and has been hospitalised with a chronic stomach complaint.

"We are devastated to have to cancel shows that we were so looking forward to. We can only apologise and hope for your understanding at this time."

Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic which runs the event, said he was sad that Two Door Cinema Club had been forced to cancel their performance "under advice of doctors".

He added: "We wish Alex all the best and a speedy recovery.

"We are honoured that Lily Allen is able to step in at the last minute and would like to thank her for filling the headline slot.

"After her show-stopping performance at Glastonbury Lily was a natural choice, the Latitude audience are in for something really spectacular."

Two Door Cinema Club has had to pull out of Latitude Festival due to an illness. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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