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Sundown Concerts bringing live music back to Norfolk

Sundown Concerts are coming to Norfolk this August with live music and food trucks Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sundown Concerts are coming to Norfolk this August with live music and food trucks Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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From Broadway Brunch to Back to the 80s, live music is coming back to Norfolk with Sundown Concerts running across three weekends this August.

The Joe Ringer Band, based in Norfolk, will perform at Sundown Concerts Picture: Supplied by Joe RingerThe Joe Ringer Band, based in Norfolk, will perform at Sundown Concerts Picture: Supplied by Joe Ringer

The outdoor concert series will take place at Potash Farm in Hethel, near Wymondham, and will feature top musicians from across the UK with evening shows on Saturday and Sunday matinees.

There will be five concerts in total and the fun will begin with ABBA Live on Saturday, August 15, with a tribute to the Swedish superstars, followed by Swingin’ with the Big Band on August 16, featuring timeless classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller.

The Saturday night party continues on August 22 with Back to the 80s, featuring all the biggest hits of the decade, and on August 23 there will be a Broadway Brunch, which will see West End stars perform songs from musicals such as The Lion King and Les Misérables alongside Norfolk favourites The Joe Ringer Orchestra.

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Sundown Concerts will end on Saturday, August 29 with Ibiza Club Classics, which will transport the audience to the White Isle with the ‘20-piece Balearic Beat Orchestra’ and fancy dress is encouraged for the all the evening events.

To ensure audience safety, there will be “socially distant bubbles”, which will be assigned on arrival, and although they are designed for two people there is the option to join them together for those coming with friends and family.

Guests can bring their own blankets, chairs and picnics and there will also be an array of food trucks and plenty of car parking with a drop-off area for taxis too.

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Joe Ringer, co-creator of Sundown Concerts, said: “As a performer, and a lover of live music, lockdown was a tough time.

“I’m delighted to be able to give the people of Norfolk the opportunity to celebrate the summer and enjoy some fantastic live music.

“I can’t wait to get back on a stage again, and I really hope that lots of people come along and join the party!”

Earlybird tickets are available until August 1 at £30pp and £35pp after at sundownconcerts.com


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'Operation Wyken'

Suffolk and Norfolk police forces issued 250 traffic offence reports in a week-long campaign to promote seat belt use.
Operation Wyken, completed from July 6-10, saw the constabularies carry out patrols on the A14, A11 and A47.
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Police report 250 Norfolk and Suffolk drivers in seat belt crackdown

Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore with officers from Operation Wyken Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore with officers from Operation Wyken Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

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Officers from Suffolk and Norfolk police have reported 250 lorry drivers as part of a national crackdown on seat belt avoidance.

The two forces launched Operation Wyken once again last week, deploying an HGV tractor unit from Orwell Trucks in Martlesham, which allowed them to get a better view of offending lorry, van and car drivers.

The cab, driven by a police officer, was used during patrols on the A14, A11 and A47 and coincided with the National Police Chiefs’ Council two-week seat belt campaign from June 29 to July 12.

Between Monday, July 6 and Friday, July 10, the forces handed 250 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) to drivers for 280 offences. One man was also arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

Among the most common offences was those not wearing seat belts, with 168 people found flouting the law, while a further 19 were also found to be driving while using their mobile phone.

Others included dangerous driving and for exceeding maximum driving hours.

Acting chief inspector Gary Miller, of the Roads and Armed Policing Team, said the number of offences spotted were “staggering” and thanked Orwell Trucks for their support.

Chief Insp Miller added: “Due to the physical height of commercial vehicles, it is often difficult for patrol officers to view into the cab and thereby detect offences, such as not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone.

“The HGV cab provides officers with an ideal vantage point to spot drivers committing offences and provides us with another means to enforce the law with this specific group of road users, who due to the size of the vehicles they are in control of, pose an added risk to other motorists and also themselves if they are committing offences whilst driving.”

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, added: “I can’t believe that professional drivers can risk their lives, their livelihood and the lives of others, looking at their phones and not wearing seatbelts.

“I fully support the Constabulary’s campaign to crack down on irresponsible drivers who still refuse to buckle up whilst driving, but it amazes me that drivers should need to be reminded about something so obvious.

“Everyone knows you are more likely to die in a crash if you don’t wear a seat belt, so I just can’t


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Holkham Estate's Feast in the Park offering street food all summer

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Feast in the Park at the Holkham Estate running every weekend this summer with street food and music Picture: Holkham Estate

Feast in the Park at the Holkham Estate running every weekend this summer with street food and music Picture: Holkham Estate

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From wood-fired pizza to duck wraps, the Holkham Estate is making the most of its huge grounds this summer by launching Feast in the Park with street food stalls and music.

Feast in the Park has proved a huge success so far Picture: Holkham EstateFeast in the Park has proved a huge success so far Picture: Holkham Estate

The event launched at the start of July and is running every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm until the end of August and award-winning brewer Adnams, based in Southwold, has a bar there too.

Feast in the Park aims to celebrate and support local businesses and each weekend there is a selection from the following stalls: The Vic’s Belted Beef Bar, Fat Teds, The Bucket List, The Cabin, The Village Van, Food Dude, The Duck Truck, Woodland Pizza, Moo Shakers, Cuppa Jo’s and Solar Scoops.

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Alan Miller, business development manager at the Holkham Estate, said: “At Holkham we are blessed with lots of beautiful outdoor space and so when planning our cautious and phased reopening we knew we wanted to give visitors the very best opportunity to enjoy the outdoors safely at Holkham.

Visitors enjoy a beer at the new Feast in the Park event at the Holkham Estate Picture: Holkham EstateVisitors enjoy a beer at the new Feast in the Park event at the Holkham Estate Picture: Holkham Estate

“Feast in the Park was a concept derived from our passion for local food and drink and also our vision to create a setting where people could enjoy delicious food, music, great company and incredible views all whilst socially distanced – the perfect tonic after months of lockdown.

“We’re delighted it is proving popular and look forward to a summer of supporting some of Norfolk and the UK’s many talented producers and welcoming people back to Holkham Park.”

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On weekdays, visitors can also buy drinks, cakes and ice creams to takeaway and enjoy while relaxing in the park and people can bring their own chairs and blankets.

A visitor to the Holkham Estate enjoys street food from Feast in the Park Picture: Holkham EstateA visitor to the Holkham Estate enjoys street food from Feast in the Park Picture: Holkham Estate

The estate reopened on July 4, with Holkham Hall remaining closed, and they are taking card payments only.

To keep customers safe, there is signage to help with social distancing, hand sanitiser stations and the public toilets now undergo deeper cleaning.

To see the line-up at Feast in the Park for this weekend and to find out what is open at the Holkham Estate visit holkham.co.uk

The Bucket List are one of the vendors taking part Picture: Holkham EstateThe Bucket List are one of the vendors taking part Picture: Holkham Estate

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