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US spirit for annual strawberry race

Joyce Thomas from Diss in Norfolk gets the American Independence Day spirit for the annual strawberry race Credit: Chris Warner / ITV Anglia

Now in its seventh year, the Tiptree Strawberry race is as popular as ever. Normally held in mid-June, it's late this year because of the cold spring.

The aim is to pick as many strawberries as possible in 60 minutes and raise some money for the Essex Air Ambulance.

Due to the chilly conditions, for the first time the race is being held on the 4th July, American Independence day. The winner of the best fancy dress was Joyce Thomas from Diss in Norfolk who dressed as the Statue of Liberty.


Late spring delays annual strawberry race

The strawberry harvest for jam-making in Essex is late because of the cold spring Credit: Chris Warner / ITV Anglia

There was a red, white and blue theme at the Tiptree Strawberry Race near Colchester in Essex, to mark American Independence Day.

Usually the race, which is in its seventh year takes place in mid-June, but because of a cold spring this year it was delayed.

Dozens of people came from all over the country to take part in the race to see who could pick the most strawberries in 60 minutes.

Strawberries being prepare for jam-making at Tiptree in Essex Credit: Chris Warner / ITV Anglia

Jam factory plans to expand

Inside the jam factory. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans have been submitted by Essex jam maker Wilkin and Sons for a brand new factory and more than 200 new homes.

The Tiptree-based manufacturer wants to eventually create a new 13,000 square foot factory complex in the village.

The company says it will help them increase capacity and allow them to stay in the village until at least 2030. The plans also include building 244 new homes, allotments, and the Factory Hall to be handed to Tiptree Parish Council.

Wilkin and Sons. Credit: ITV News Anglia

New factory for Tiptree?

A consultation starts today over plans to build nearly 250 homes and a new jam factory in Tiptree.

Queen Elizabeth II during a tour of the Wilkin and Son's Jam factory in Tiptree, Essex. Credit: PA

Wilkin and Sons want to sell some of its land to housing developers to help fund a £250 million factory near its current base.

Tiptree's existing factory site and nearby fields would be turned into homes if planning permission is granted.

O'Sullivan ends Carter's World Champion bid

Essex snooker player Ali Carter's bid to become World Champion has once again been ended by Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final in Sheffield.

Carter, who is from Tiptree near Colchester, lost to O'Sullivan when they met in the final in 2008. Yesterday he was unable to stop O'Sullivan from stretching his overnight lead from three frames to five in the first session of the day, before eventually losing 18-11 at the Crucible.


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