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Clacton's crowds enjoy the heat in new festival

Now last month it played host to the Women's Tour, next month it has the air show and today Clacton in Essex held its first ever Sea and Beach festival.

Organisers, Tendring District Council, said it was the perfect way to kick start the summer season with activities reminiscent of the town's heyday.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard.

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Body found in search for Luke Harding

Luke Harding, who went missing in Colchester Credit: Essex Police

Police conducting searches for missing Luke Harding from Clacton have discovered a body.

The body of a man was located in the river at Castle Park this afternoon by an officer.

No formal identification has been conducted.

Officers have made Luke’s family aware of the discovery and will be providing support to them. Officers do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances at this stage.

£19,000 facelift for historic theatre in Essex seaside resort

The Princes Theatre in Clacton has been given a facelift costing £19,000. Credit: Tendring District Council

The Princes Theatre in Clacton has been given a facelift costing £19,000.

The venue, which is the Town Hall of the Essex resort, has had a new carpet, curtains, redecoration as well as improvements to the bar area in the Essex Hall.

The theatre, which is run by Tendring District Council, puts on a varied programme of shows and hosts a number of major events during the year. It is also hired out for weddings and conferences

“We want our audiences, our entertainers and all those who use the theatre to have the best possible experience and look forward to coming back.

“I think it is fair to say that parts of the theatre were looking a little tired and were in need of a modernisation programme.

“We have achieved a great deal on a relatively small budget – especially considering the size of the theatre - and I hope people will be impressed with what they find."

– Cllr Mick Skeels, Tendring District Council

In 2014 more than 36,000 customers came through the doors for shows.

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