GY Today – Thursday 16th August 2018

GY Today – Thursday 16th August 2018

 ‘Queen of Soul’, Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul” known for hits like Respect and Think, has died in Detroit at the age of 76.

The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music.

Franklin had more than 20 US chart hits over a music career spanning seven decades.

The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in New York held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

In a statement, her family said: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.

“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins knew no bounds.”

The family also confirmed her death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.


Changes from A12 to A47 incurs signage costs of £750,000

Almost £750,000 was spent changing road signs on a major trunk road between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, it has been revealed.

In 2014 it was decided  to rename  the section of the A12 between the two towns to being part of the A47, meaning signs along the route had to be changed.

In total 188 signs were affected with 146 stickers used and 42 signs replaced to display the new road name after the 2017 changes.

The cost of the manufacturing, installation, modifications and replacements was £637,510 which also included traffic management and labour costs according to the Highways Agency.

The figures also said £64,764.11 was spent on scheme design, and £41,071.39 for supervision costs. The total cost was £746,345.50.


Defective Tyres and Failed Breath Test Leads to Arrest of Driver

A driver has been arrested after failing a breath test following multiple calls from members of the public. Officers from Gorleston police responded to numerous calls last night with reports of a vehicle being driven “erratically” by a possible drink driver in Belton.  The car was located and was found to have two defective tyres. The driver blew 48 in a roadside breath test, a reading which is over the driving limit, and was subsequently arrested.

Great Yarmouth police tweeted: “Thank you to the public for calls”.

Long Awaited A Level Results Arrive Today

Today sees the day that hundreds of students around the region will open their all-important A-level results envelopes. This year’s results come in the wake of major changes to A-levels in England, with a move away from coursework and modular exams throughout the courses, a change many say makes the exams more difficult than ever. Students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College are celebrating their A-level results with an overall pass rate of 99pc and 75pc of students receiving A*-C grades. East Norfolk Sixth Form College Principal, Dr Catherine Richards, said: “I am absolutely delighted by this year’s results.

Our students have achieved fantastic grades, which is recognition for their hard work and determination to succeed and the dedication of our highly skilled staff to support our students and their aspirations.

You can check out how your school or college did on the Great Yarmouth Mercury Website.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man” – Don’t Panic at Local Coastal Cafe.

A Dad’s Army fanatic has turned Poppylands Tearoom at Horsey into a haven for lovers of wartime nostalgia.

Darren Stride and his brother Dean run the coastal cafe which is filling up with Second World war memorabilia and aims to become a museum.

As people enjoy cups of tea and treats they are surrounded by some of Mr Stride’s own collection of wartime artefacts and donated bygone items, such as a pilot’s cockpit suit, a record player and posters.

Thanks to Mr Stride’s love of the programme there is a strong Dad’s Army feel from when he was aged four and used to watch it with his grandfather, who started his grandson’s wartime collecting hobby by giving him war medals.

Mr Stride is already known for having his own museum based in his home garden in nearby Scratby and he is slowly transferring items to the Horsey tearoom with the ultimate ambition of creating another museum.

The brothers have run Poppylands, which is off Waxham Road, for two years and they say people are enjoying the chance to have cuppa and food such as toad in the hole and bubble and squeak and a mardle in such a tranquil and fascinating location.

Shed of Magic and Wonder May Win National Award

A simple idea that started as a doodle in a notebook and ended up as a shed full of wonder is in the running to be crowned Shed Of The Year.  Craig Clavin’s Harry Potter inspired outbuilding that resembles a cottage was built as a playhouse for his four year-old twin sons, Hugo and Ralph The 33-year-old pipeline engineer from Fleggburgh, near Great Yarmouth, first had the idea for the project in 2017.

He said: “I’ve always been messing around with building things and DIY but as for sheds this is my first. I just wanted to build something a little bit enchanted.”

Using mainly recycled materials such as scaffolding boards, old fence posts and reclaimed roof tiles the playhouse cost less than £500 to build, with the £100 roof being the most expensive part.

There are 24 sheds competing for the coveted title of Shed of the Year which is open to sheds of any design

Voting for the Cuprinol Shed of the Year closes on August 28 and the winner will be revealed in September.

Norfolk recycling centres to accept hazardous waste during September and October

Unwanted household chemicals can be dumped at seven of Norfolk’s recycling centres during September and October. Insecticides, weed killers and paint are among the range of household chemicals that will be accepted for free at a series of weekend-long events.

Such products are too dangerous to be tipped down drains and cannot be put into regular bins due to the environmental impact.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment development and transport committee said: “Once again we are putting on extra dates at the recycling centres that were most popular in previous years as we’re keen to help people who are wishing to dispose of their household chemicals safely and responsibly.” There will be a designated area at the recycling centre for residents to take their hazardous waste.

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