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9 reasons why this Liverpool lass loves Norfolk

Reporter Abigail Nicholson infront of Norwich Castle. Picture: Archant

Reporter Abigail Nicholson infront of Norwich Castle. Picture: Archant

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Before moving to Norwich to work for this paper, the most I knew about it were the names Delia Smith and Alan Partridge.

Norfolk Day merchandise includes bunting and flags. From left, Abbie Smith, Ben Craske, Abigail Nicholson, and Marc Betts. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNorfolk Day merchandise includes bunting and flags. From left, Abbie Smith, Ben Craske, Abigail Nicholson, and Marc Betts. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Now, almost two years later, Norfolk is a place I happily call home.

Here are some of the reasons why I fell in love with Norfolk:

Reporter Abby Nicholson enjoying French's Fish & Chips. Picture: Victoria PertusaReporter Abby Nicholson enjoying French’s Fish & Chips. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

1. The coast

Bethany Wales, left, and Abigail Nicholson, enjoying a bus tour with City Sightseeing Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBethany Wales, left, and Abigail Nicholson, enjoying a bus tour with City Sightseeing Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

That wonderful seaside smell of salty air and a mix of fresh fish and chips… nothing can beat it.

And when it comes to coastlines, Norfolk’s is one of the most vast and beautiful.

Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre 2019. Picture: Jamie HoneywoodNorwich Lanes Summer Fayre 2019. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

Being from Merseyside, I have always lived by the sea and could not imagine being any further than an hour away.

The Black Horse in Earlham Road is one of the Norwich pubs offering takeaway draught beer Picture: The Black HorseThe Black Horse in Earlham Road is one of the Norwich pubs offering takeaway draught beer Picture: The Black Horse

2. The people

As a Scouser, I was quite nervous when I first moved away from home as I didn’t think I would find anywhere as friendly as Liverpool.

High speed action from the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton in 2019 Picture: LAURA STEVENSHigh speed action from the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton in 2019 Picture: LAURA STEVENS

I was wrong.

Norfolkians welcomed me with open arms – with a few digs about my accent – and made me feel right at home.

3. Market towns and the shop local mindset

Some of Norfolk’s markets have been serving locals with fresh fruit, vegetables, produce and plants for centuries.

I love that this culture still exists in Norfolk today, especially as it is so easy for people to go to the supermarket or shop online.

Something I especially love about the county is how keen the public are to celebrate and champion their local businesses.

4. The city

Norwich is the best-preserved medieval city in Britain and the home of wonderful people and beautiful architecture.

Everything from the historic Norman castle and cathedrals to the bustling high street and market – Norwich has something for everyone.

I can’t help but be amazed at how much greenery the city has managed to keep.

5. Music and food

I have never eaten as well as when I first moved to Norfolk.

The local produce being sold and cooked in local pubs, restaurants and cafes is second to none.

The music scene in Norwich especially is also thriving and something the county is very proud of.

6. Green space

As mentioned a little further up, I love that our countryside has been preserved and locals are able to enjoy walking, cycling and driving past the scenery.

It’s so easy to get lost in the brilliant parks and gorgeous walking routes in the county, and it’s something I will never get bored of.

7. Trains

Before I came to Norfolk I had never seen or been on a steam train.

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The fact that the county has been able to keep its history alive with heritage railways is wonderful.

It’s great to see how these trains have adapted over time with the addition of The Polar Express.

8. Wildlife

From seals at Blakeney Point to the array of rare birds, Norfolk is a wildlife lover’s dream.

Even though I don’t know much about animals, I love seeing beautiful photographs being sent in by our readers of various creatures they’ve spotted.

9. Snetterton Circuit

As an avid motorsport fan, having Snetterton Circuit on your doorstep is pretty amazing.

Whether you’re a fan of bikes, cars or trucks, the track has dozens of events each year for petrol heads.


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Lorry driver died from crash injuries, inquest hears

The A47 was closed after the crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail Nicholson

The A47 was closed after the crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail Nicholson

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An inquest has opened into the death of a lorry driver in a crash on the A47.

Calvin Beckett, 47, who lived in Dereham, was involved in a collision between a lorry, a tanker and a car at Little Fransham on the A47, on Friday, March 6.

Mr Beckett was pronounced dead at the scene.

At an inquest opened into his death held at Norfolk Coroner’s Court on Tuesday, March 17, Yvonne Blake, area coroner for Norfolk said Mr Beckett had been employed as an HGV delivery driver.

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His cause of death was given as a chest injury due to a road traffic collision.

On March 6, police were called to the A47 at Little Fransham at around 10.45am following reports of a crash between three vehicles.

Emergency services including the air ambulance and fire service were also called to the scene.

Following the collision the road was closed between Wendling and the McDonald’s roundabout near Swaffham for several hours.

Mr Beckett’s inquest has been adjourned for a pre-inquest review on June 15.

Man in 40s dies following crash on A47 at Little Fransham

The scene of a crash at Little Fransham, A47 Picture: Used with permission from Kirsty (@InTahUK) on Twitter

The scene of a crash at Little Fransham, A47 Picture: Used with permission from Kirsty (@InTahUK) on Twitter

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A lorry driver has died after a crash on the A47.

The A47 has been closed after a crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail NicholsonThe A47 has been closed after a crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail Nicholson

A six-mile stretch of the road was closed after the male driver in his 40s died following a crash between a lorry, tanker and car.

Norfolk police were called to reports of a crash between the vehicles at Little Fransham at 10.45am on Friday, March 6.

Emergency services including the air ambulance and fire service were called to the scene and closed the road between Wendling and the McDonald’s roundabout near Swaffham.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s, died at the scene.

The A47 has been closed after a crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail NicholsonThe A47 has been closed after a crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail Nicholson

The driver of the car has serious injuries but not life-threatening and both the passenger of the car and driver of the tanker were not seriously injured.

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There was also a significant spillage on the road of diesel and sugar syrup, which was being transported by one of the vehicles.

The road was closed since before 11am until “well into the evening”.

The scene of the A47 crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail NicholsonThe scene of the A47 crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail Nicholson

A police spokesman said a call was received from Highways England at 10pm to say works to repair the carriageway should be completed by 11pm and the road could reopen in advance of works being completed.

Norfolk police and Highways England have advised motorists to avoid the area and warned of major delays in both Swaffham and Dereham.

Highways England said: “Plan ahead as the road is likely to remain closed for several hours and diversion routes are lengthy.”

Police are now appealing for information following the fatal crash and are asking anybody that saw the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident, or has dashcam footage, should contact Sgt Peter Howlett at Peter.Howlett@norfolk.pnn.police.uk or Norfolk Police on 101 quoting incident number 119 of Friday, March 6.

The collision is the fifth which has happened on the A47 in the last 24 hours.[2]

As of 11pm on Friday night the road remained shut, with a Highways England spokesman indicating that while the vehicles had been recovered and police investigation concluded, spillage of sugar syrup was still being cleared.

– For up-to-date information, keep tabs on our live traffic map.[3]

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