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'Flying' boats dropping in for Waterways Festival

A B Tuckey Boat Transport Service is pictured craning ABC Leisure’s 72ft-long ‘Dawn Til Dusk’ narrowboat. Credit: Francis Wilson Photography

It's not a sight you see every day - a 35-tonne narrowboat suspended 20 feet up in the air.

Twenty narrowboats are being craned into Crick Marina, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, as part of preparations for the 16th Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival being held over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival showcases the inland waterways industry with more than 250 exhibitors from across the canal world.

It is expected to attract 25,000 people over the three show days.

"Crick Boat Show is the number one boat show at the heart of the waterway network. Whether people are boating enthusiasts, looking to buy boating products and services, or just looking for a great family day out by the water, there’s lots to see and do at Crick Boat Show, set in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, alongside the Grand Union Canal.”

– Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World & Show Director

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Norfolk and Suffolk Broads re-branded as the Broads National Park

The Norfolk & Suffolk Broads will become the Broads National Park. Credit: Paul Sutcliffe

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads will be known as the Broads National Park following a landmark decision by the Broads Authority.

The authority voted by an overwhelming majority to brand the area as a National Park after 79% of people it consulted approved the proposal.

Chief Executive of the Broads Authority John Packman said he was “absolutely delighted” that the area would benefit from being clearly identified as a National Park.

Long traffic delays for sell-out airshow

Drivers using the A505 in Cambridgeshire are being warned of two hour delays around Duxford as people head to the air show.

Organisers say it's sold out and are urging the public not to turn up without a ticket.

The say the only car parks still open are exclusively for the use of advance ticket holders. If you already have a ticket you will be directed to the advance ticket holders’ car parks.

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Car parks full at Duxford Air Show: Stay away plea by organisers

A Hurricane fighter aircraft at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

Unless you have pre-booked tickets, organisers of the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire are advising drivers to stay away after car parks filled up by 8.15am.

It's the second day of the show at the Imperial War Museum and tickets are still available for people arriving on foot or by courtesy bus.

Organisers said: "Our car parks for advance ticket holders remain open. If you already have a ticket you will be directed to a car park reserved exclusively for advance ticket holders."

"The Meadow car park is now full and there is no longer any car parking available for visitors who wish to buy a ticket and are arriving by car. If you do not have a ticket for The Duxford Air Show today and are coming by car, please do not travel to IWM Duxford."

– IWM Duxford

Highlights of the Duxford Air Show

  • The Red Arrows aerobatic display team
  • Avro Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
  • Boeing 727
  • Westland Sea King helicopter from the RAF's 22 Squadron at Wattisham, Suffolk
  • Flying Fortress Sally B from B-17 Preservation
  • Spitfires, Hurricanes and WW1 replica aircraft

Hundreds enjoy chance to view maritime history

Flags are out for Woodbridge maritime festival Credit: ITV Anglia
Woodbridge decked out for its Maritime Festival Credit: ITV Anglia

Hundreds of people have been in Woodbridge for the town’s Maritime Festival.

The two day event showcases the importance of the sea and river to the history of the area.

On show are Thames barges and various traditional boats, including three boats originally owned by Arthur Ransome – the author of Swallows and Amazons.

The festival features live music and stalls with local produce, arts and crafts. There is also a 13-metre long replica of the Sutton Hoo burial ship.

  1. Malcolm Robertson

Holiday firms cash in on mild and sunny March

March 2014 has so far been one of the mildest on record and is providing the Anglia region's tourist industry with a massive boost. It followed one of the mildest and sunniest winters.

Across Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, tourism is worth an estimated £7½ billion a year.

It's an industry that is very dependent on the weather and the recent mild temperatures are encouraging a flurry of bookings and hopes for a bumper year.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson from Southwold in Suffolk

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