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Local seaside piers thriving

It seems our seaside piers are thriving, despite a tough few years for the economy.

A new report suggests piers in other parts of the country are under threat, because of the high cost of insurance and upkeep. But here in the Anglia region, the likes of Cromer, Southwold and Clacton piers are bucking the national trend.

They are in good condition, and remain popular tourist attractions.

Festival goers head to latitude

Campers have begun pitching their tents for this year's Latitude Festival in Suffolk as temperatures continued to soar.

Up to 35,000 people are expected to attend the music and arts event at Henham Park, Southwold, over the weekend with day tickets for the Saturday now sold out.

The headliners are Kraftwerk-3D, Foals and Bloc Party and other performers include Bobby Womack, soloist classical trumpert player Alison Balsom and Eddie Izzard in the comedy arena.

Organisers have urged as many festival-goers as possible to use public transport, cycle or walk in order to minimise disruption on the roads but some tailbacks are expected.

Forecasts suggest the event should be rain-free - avoiding scenes of muddy car parks and fields experienced in previous years.


Final Latitude preparations underway ahead of the weekend

The Latitude Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk Credit: PA Images

Final preparations are taking place today near Southwold for the start of this year's Latitude festival.

The organisers say tickets for Saturday have all sold out. It's the 8th year the music and arts event has been held at Henham Park.

Thousands of festival goers will start arriving at the site later today.

Cameron pays tribute to Suffolk rescuers

David Cameron has paid tribute to the lifeboat crew which helped to rescue dozens of swimmers in Southwold last week.

During Prime Minister's Questions, he said that the RNLI should be treated as an emergency service after Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey asked him to join her in thanking the volunteers.

Hundreds of swimmers got into trouble during the Southwold Pub to Pier swim after the tide suddenly turned.


Major rescue operation following charity swim

The swimmers got into trouble off the coast of Southwold, Suffolk

Dozens of swimmers are recovering after getting into trouble during a charity swim off the Suffolk coast. Four lifeboats and an air-sea rescue helicopter were called out to Southwold yesterday, when the swimmers were reported missing. They were all eventually found safe and well.

Coastguards say missing swimmer is from Kettering area

A swimmer unaccounted for after a sea swim off Southwold is said to be from the Kettering area. Coastguards have urged the woman to contact them if she managed to leave the water safely.

"If she has returned home without informing the coastguard, we are asking her to contact Humberside Coastguard on 01262 672317

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson
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