Monthly Archive: April 2011

A sea of red, white and blue transforms Downham Market as … 0

A sea of red, white and blue transforms Downham Market as …

Dressed as a prince and princess Ashton (4) and his sister Scarlet Jones (6) enjoyed the Royal Wedding celebrations in Downham Market. Picture: Ian Burt. Around 150 people packed into the Town Hall in Downham Market to enjoy watching the Royal Wedding on a huge screen.

Town mayor John Fox was delighted and surprised by the amount of people who came into Downham to catch a glimpse of Prince William and Kate Middleton s big day. He said: With all these kinds of events, we didn t know how many people would come along but the Town Hall was full. There were around 120 people seated and plenty more standing at the back but the funny thing was you could have heard a pin drop during the service.

It was an amazing experience and the atmosphere was brilliant throughout with an excellent mixture of families, grannies and single people. Following the service, hundreds of people then packed into the market square which hosted a bouncy castle, children s rides, face painting, various stalls and the Hilgay Silver Band. There was also a prince and princess contest in the afternoon and the four to seven age group winners were Ashton Jones, four, and Ellie Davidson, five.

Mum Becky Jones, who also took daughter Scarlet, six, to the event, said: We have all had a brilliant day. Scarlet and Ashton have been looking forward to the Royal Wedding all week and really enjoyed watching the wedding. Scarlet added: I thought Kate s dress was really nice and I thought Westminster Abbey looked pretty.

American-born Ryan Davidson beamed with pride after his daughter Ellie was given her crown. The Downham resident said: It s been a great day. In America you don t have things like this and I think that s what makes Britain special.

He added: Ellie has had a great day and loved dressing up as a princess. In nearby Church Farm, families enjoyed tractor rides, egg and spoon races as well as various fete games including horseshoe coits and guess the weight. There were also three-legged races and a beat the goalie stand with the Steve Rossell Jazz Trio providing the music.

Downham residents Kate Corletts, Gill Sek and her son Kamonde, two, got into the Royal Wedding spirit by dressing in red, white and blue. Meanwhile Lituanian mums Ausra Hisinskiene, Kristine Linkevcius, Lina Karpinas and Monika Klimas were delighted by the Royal Wedding celebrations. Mrs Hisinskiene, who lives in Ely, said: We have all had a really nice day and loved every minute of it.

I thought the wedding was emotional but beautiful and really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us and something we won t forget. Elizabeth Esse, who runs the Stow Bardolph farm with husband William, said: We have had at least 200 people come along which is fantastic and everyone has got into the spirit of this historic day. It has been such a lovely atmosphere with everybody joining in and wearing red, white and blue.

We asked everyone in the village to come along and the village has really rallied around and people have helped run some of our stalls which has been great.

Further up the A10, in Shouldham, there was an exciting atmosphere with residents packing the village green and both young and old battling each other in a tug-of-war competition.

Stalham Royal Wedding celebrations 0

Stalham Royal Wedding celebrations

People in Stalham celebrate the Royal Wedding – Kate, William and the Queen look-a-likes Tracey Gray, Reporter 1 Friday, April 29, 2011 9:04 PM In Stalham the High Street was closed off during the afternoon for an outside street party, with the over 55s and young children being given a meal helped with donations from local businesses and there was also music from Stalham Brass Band. To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in. Elizabeth Jackson, one of those who helped organise the event, said: People have come from all over, it has been lovely, the local schools have also done artwork and the street events committee have also been a real help as well.

There has been a large amount of public generosity.

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Norfolk Constabulary: Home Watch schemes receive a boost 0

Norfolk Constabulary: Home Watch schemes receive a boost

28 April 2011 Neighbouring residents in Watton are working with the police to take a united stand against thieves. Home Watch representatives have received a household security boost in the form of an innovative forensic liquid SelectaDNA. The unique DNA liquid is applied to valuable items, making property virtually worthless to thieves.

In the event of a theft, police officers can positively identify any marked property as well as offenders. A number of Home Watch schemes in the Watton area have been given this crime prevention tool. Watton Home Watch representative PCSO Joe Jermy said: SelectaDNA kits have been offered to residents who are part of a Home Watch scheme in the Watton vicinity.

We hope that this initiative will offer some reassurance to local people.” James Brown, Sales Director for Selectamark, which produces the SelectaDNA product, said: “We are very happy to support this new scheme in Watton and are confident that it will be successful in its aim.

In other residential crime reduction initiatives across the UK, SelectaDNA has proved to be an effective deterrent to theft, reducing burglary by as much as 85% in some areas.” For more information about Home Watch contact PCSO Jermy on 0845 456 4567.

Also visit Norfolk Constabulary s website at to find out about Home Watch endorsed security products.