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Iconic floating pig inflated after 40 years

A giant inflatable pig, which was featured on the front cover of the Pink Floyd album "Animals" has been inflated for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Algie inflated at Halesworth Credit: ITV Anglia

The inflatable floating pig was a staple prop for the band, three of whose members grew up in Cambridge

Rob Harries, from Suffolk, was the creator of Floyd's inflatable 'Algie' which famously halted flights over Heathrow after breaking loose from its moorings at Battersea Power Station in 1976 while being photographed for the album.

Animals album cover Credit: ITV Anglia

Rob has inflated the pig as some of his other props go under the auctioneer's hammer.

Goldie looking pained: Disappointment for region's field athletes

Newmarket's Goldie Sayers failed to qualify for the Javelin final at the World Athletics Championships earlier.

The athlete had battled back from long term injury problems and was competing with a heavily strapped knee.

She managed a throw of 58.28m but it wasn't enough to see her through to contest for a medal.

Goldie Sayers Credit: PA

In the morning session, there was similar disappointment for Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz.

The St Neot's athlete, who was also suffered long-term injuries since London 2012, failed to make the high jump final. The 27-year-old was the only British athlete in action, clearing 2.22 and 2.26m at the first time of asking.

However, Grabarz failed three times to make 2.29m, leaving him outside the top 12 and ending his hopes of a place in the final.

Robbie Grabarz Credit: PA

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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.

Click below to watch out report from Lauren Hall

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.

Click below to watch our report from Wesley Smith

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Three Saints players called up for England's Rugby World Cup squad

England's Rugby squad for the World Cup has been announced.

The squad includes 31 players from 8 Premiership clubs. They open their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham on September 18th.

Kieran Brookes Credit: PA Wire

There are three Northampton Saints players in the squad. Kieran Brookes, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood.

However there's disappointment for Luther Burrell who misses out on a call up.

Ben Youngs Credit: PA Wire

Norfolk born brothers Tom and Ben Youngs are both included

“It’s really positive that we have such depth and options to choose from. Selection wasn’t easy and it is tough to leave anyone out but it’s important to stress that the players not in this group are still part of our wider squad and could come in at any point."

– England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster

Family of Simon Dobbin hears his voice for the first time since attack

Simon Dobbin (centre) at a Cambridge United match.

The family of a Cambridge United fan who was attacked in Southend after a game have heard his voice for the first time in five months.

The attack left 42 year-old Simon Dobbin in a coma. According to his daughter, Emily Dobbin, it's the first time he's managed to speak since the attack.

The Facebook post

His daughter shared the news on her Facebook page. It was then shared on a Facebook group for Cambridge United fans.

Simon Dobbin who's from Mildenhall, and some other fans, were assaulted by a group of men outside a pub in Southend in March.

Damage to home caused by "mini tornado"

There was damage to at least one home at Winfarthing near Diss today.

One family came home to find what they believe may have been a mini tornado had struck their home.

One house at Winfarthing near Diss Credit: Paula McQue
More damage at Winfarthing Credit: Paula McQue
A tree also hit power cables Credit: Paula McQue

As well as high winds in places there was also some torrential downpours.

Drains were overflowing, cars were struggling and passers by were getting absolutely drenched.

Damage to the garden Credit: Paula McQue
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