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Steam gala - and Oliver Cromwell visit - postponed due to fire fears

The Oliver Cromwell will be at the postponed North Norfolk Railway steam gala Credit: Steve Allen

A popular annual steam gala has been postponed because of safety fears following the recent dry spell.

The North Norfolk Railway, running between Sheringham and Holt, was due to host the event in a couple of weeks' time.

But organisers say the threat of line-side fires caused by sparks from the locomotives igniting the very dry fields surrounding the track remains too high.

"With the dry weather set to return through August and into September, we have had to make the difficult decision to reschedule the gala which usually takes place in September.

"With a number of areas of vulnerable landscape along the Sheringham to Holt route we feel that we have a duty of care and that it is of the utmost importance that we protect the delightful countryside and our neighbours' property that we run through."

– Andrew Munden, General Manager, North Norfolk Railway

The gala, which will include a visit from the National Railway Museum's Oliver Cromwell locomotive, will take place between October 12 and 14 instead.

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Yellow weather warning issued with risk of floods across the East

Morning showers will develop into thundery downpours. Credit: Met Office.

The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning saying heavy downpours could see 20 to 30 mm of rain in an hour.

They say Monday morning's showers will become more widespread and often heavy and thundery by the afternoon with some locations seeing lightning, hail and strong gusts.

Many areas may miss the downpours and stay largely dry, however. The showers will ease by late evening.

What to expect

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings.
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost

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Thunderstorm warning upgraded to amber for East Anglia

The Met Office has upgraded its thunderstorm warning for East Anglia to amber. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has upgraded its thunderstorm warning for East Anglia to amber.

The Met Office says heavy thunderstorms are likely and torrential downpours are possible with as much as 30 mm of rainfall in 1 hour and 60 mm in 3 hours.

Large hail, frequent lightning and strong, gusty winds will be additional hazards.

The amber warning is in force from 2pm until 8pm but a yellow warning will stay in place until 2am on Saturday

What to expect

  • Flooding of homes and businesses is likely and could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds
  • Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely
  • Spray and sudden flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • Power cuts likely to occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
  • Some communities may become cut off if roads flood
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