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Fenland's Straw Bear Festival

Hundreds of people have been in the Fenland town of Whittlesey for the annual Straw Bear Festival.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

The ancient festival was revived 40 years ago. Historically it was held on the Tuesday following Plough Monday.

In years gone by the straw bear was made to dance in front of houses in exchange for gifts of money or of beer and food.

A straw bear leads the procession Credit: ITV Anglia

The tradition fell into decline at the end of the 19th century but was revived in 1980.

Musicians taking part in the procession Credit: ITV Anglia


Police search underway after car crashes into house

Police are searching for a red Volkswagen Passat that crashed into a house yesterday afternoon Credit: @roadpoliceBCH

A police search is underway after a car crashed into a house in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire yesterday afternoon (July 24).

Officers followed a red Volkswagen Passat that was seen driving dangerously just before 2pm near the level crossing in Ramsey Road, Whittlesey. Having left the road in the Limes area, the car collided with a house.

No one was in the house at the time, and it's believed that no one was injured.

Police are currently searching for the driver of the Volkswagen, who fled the scene.

Bronze Age homes unearthed in East Anglian Fens

Archaeologists working in the Cambridgeshire Fens have uncovered what could the best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain.

The large, circular houses at Must Farm at Whittlesey near Peterborough stood on stilts over a river 3,000 years ago.

Bronze Age homes which have been buried for 3,000 years have been unearthed near Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's not the first time archaeological finds of world importance have been unearthed in the Anglia region, which has provided rich pickings for history hunters.

  • In the 1930s the famous Sutton Hoo burial ground was unearthed, it's now believed that it could have been the last resting place of the Anglo Saxon King Raedwald.
  • In 1998 the Sea Henge site was uncovered in Holme next the Sea in North Norfolk, it was an important ceremonial site during the bronze age.
  • In 2014 fossilised footprints were found on the Norfolk coast. They are around 900,000 years old and belong to the first humans to settle in northern Europe.

Click below to watch a report on what's been dubbed Britain's Pompeii from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Kinsley


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