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Suffolk's Ed Sheeran gets Christmas number one

Suffolk's Ed Sheeran has had a career-defining year and has ended it by landing the Christmas number one single.

The 26-year-old kicked off 2017 with the release of Shape Of You, the lead single from his third album Divide.

Ed Sheeran Credit: PA Wire

The catchy song took over the charts from its release, hitting the number one spot straight away and remaining there for 13 weeks.

In March Sheeran did the charts double when the hotly-anticipated Divide was finally released.

The record topped the charts and became the fastest-selling by a male artist ever, shifting 672,000 in both sales and streams in its opening week.

Another coup came when nine of Divide's songs were inside the top 10 while the rest of the album's tracks were within the top 20 as the record reached the chart summit.

Popular song Castle On The Hill peaked at number two, and at one point Sheeran held the top two spots of the singles chart with both that and Shape Of You looming over everything else.

Sheeran scored the charts double whammy again in December, when his song Perfect - featuring Beyonce - reached number one as Divide enjoyed another peak at the top of the albums chart.

The song then went on to claim the Christmas number one accolade, fending off competition from Eminem's River, on which Sheeran also features, and Wham! classic Last Christmas.

Panto stars bring festive magic to children's ward

There's no mistaking that it's nearly Christmas.

For children at Colchester hospital the festivities have arrived already.

They were treated to an hour of song and dance from the cast of this year's pantomime, Cinderella.

There was plenty of Christmas cheer for the young patients from Buttons, Prince Charming, Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters.

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Kasabian set to rock Thetford Forest

Kasabian will be rocking out in Thetford next year Credit: PA

Kasabian have announced they will be playing at Thetford Forest in Norfolk next year.

The rock band are taking part in the Forest Live 2018 concert series in June.

Other musicians performing in the series include Gary Barlow, The Script and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday and will cost £46.

Kasabian will play Thetford Forest next summer Credit: Forest Live

Latitude named as 'Best Major Festival' for 2017

Latitude 2017 Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Suffolk music festival which attracts tens of thousands of people every year has been given a top award.

Latitude which takes place each July near Southwold was named as the 'Best Major Festival' in 2017.

It's part of the UK Festival Awards and organisers of Latitude say they're proud to be given the title.

Read more about Latitude 2017

More than 30,000 people head to the festival each year Credit: ITV News Anglia
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