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Boats gather for waterways celebration

Canal boats lining up in Northampton

Boats of all shapes and sizes have been making their way to Northampton this weekend for a major event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Northampton canal Arm.

The Arm connected the Grand Union Canal (or Grand Junction as it was then known) to the Nene in Northampton, creating a route to the East Anglian waterways and the Wash by water.

The 200th anniversary event

The Arm replaced an earlier horse drawn railway between Gayton Junction and an unloading point at Far Cotton where a restored historic crane still stands.

The Arm enabled ironstone and limestone to be carried to local blast furnaces, grain and flour to and from mills along the Nene, coal from North Warwickshire and timber from London's Surrey Docks to Northampton.IWA is holding a major waterways event on the river Nene over the August Bank Holiday Weekend in 2015.

The event was opened by actor Timothy West and his wife, Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales. The couple present a television series on canal boat journeys.

Timothy West and Prunella Scales at the opening ceremony

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Bank Holiday getaway starts

It's the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer and as ever there are predictions that those taking advantage of the break face travel delays and uncertain weather.

It's estimated that nearly 300,000 people will be flying out of Stansted Airport... while Luton Airport says its figures are up 15 per cent on last year. The AA predicts 13 million of us will take to the roads lured by cheaper petrol..

Click below to watch our report from Wesley Smith

The book keeping the records for 60 years

The book well known for telling us all the biggest, smallest, slowest and quickest records is celebrating its own milestone.

Record attempt by Rugby players in Bishop's Stortford Credit: ITV Anglia

The Guinness Book of Records was first published 60 years ago and getting a record included remains as popular as ever.

The Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery ended up in an argument about the fastest game bird in Europe while out shooting. Unable to settle the dispute, he came up with the idea of producing a book full of facts and figures.

Northampton Marshmallow champion Credit: ITV Anglia

Some records have changed over the years, In 1955, the fastest 100m sprint was 10.2 seconds, The current record holder is Usain Bolt, with 9.58 seconds and and the most expensive bottle of wine, previously £8, is now £192,000.

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Will it be a bumper Bank Holiday weekend?

Tourist attractions across the region are hoping for a bumper weekend as the last bank holiday weekend of the summer gets underway

Among the attractions this weekend are the LIttle Gransden Air Show, the Moto GP at Silverstone, the Aylsham Show and the Norwich 10K run.

The Jenkinson family enjoying a break at Billing Aquadrome Credit: ITV Anglia

Our weatherman Aidan clears up the facts about fog

In the final part in his series Clearing the Air, ITV Anglia weatherman Aidan McGivern has been taking a look at fog.

He's been to Bedfordshire to talk to scientists involved in the latest research on what causes fog and how it can be predicted more accurately.

Click below to watch his special report

And here are ten facts about fog from Aidan

  • The difference between mist and fog is how far it is possible to see. The airline industry define fog as visibility less than 1000 metres. The civilian definition of fog is when visibility is less than 200 metres.
  • When fog occurs and the temperature is below 0ºC, it is called freezing fog.
  • Rime occurs when the water droplets in fog freeze onto the outer surfaces of objects, giving everything a frosted covering.
  • Smog is a type of air pollution made up of smoky pollution and fog. The worst smog to ever hit the UK was the Great Smog of 1952, which wreaked havoc for four days in London. This led to the Clean Air Act of 1956.
  • Vog occurs when volcanic gases such as sulphur dioxide react with oxygen and moisture in the atmosphere under direct sunlight to give a volcanic fog. It is common in Hawaii.
  • Fog is simply another type of cloud: a stratus cloud that sits on the ground
  • The foggiest place in the world is the Grand Banks off the island of Newfoundland where the cold Labrador current from the north meets the warm Gulf Stream from the south. The water vapour that accompanies the Gulf Stream cools quickly and condenses, forming fog.
  • In the Atacama Desert in Chile, one of the driest places on Earth, fog is harvested from the air - using mesh-patterned nets to collect its water droplets.
  • The Fogstand Beetle in the Namib Desert stand still in the fog and allow the water droplets to condense onto their body, which they then drink.
  • Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is the only object other than Earth in the Solar System known to have plenty of liquid on its surface. It is also the only other object to have patches of fog, albeit fog made up of methane and ethane.

New Ambulance boss says targets are unrealistic

Robert Morton Credit: ITV Anglia

The new boss at the East of England Ambulance Service says response time targets are unrealistic especially in rural areas.

Robert Morton joined the service this week and has more than twenty years experience - most recently in Australia.

He'll have quite a task to boost staff morale at a time when many say they're expected to work dangerously long hours.

Just today, he met union officials concerned about the fees student paramedics have to pay.

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