Dancer Wayne Sleep is looking forward to making his pantomime villain debut when he steps out on the Norwich Theatre Royal stage this Christmas.

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Diss (only 21 miles from Norwich and on the London Liverpool Street route to Norwich) is the Gateway to the beautiful Waveney Valley which stretches eastwards from this historic market town. Diss town centre is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.

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Adjacent to Dolphin House is the town's market place, the geographical and social centre of the town. The market is held every Friday (except Good Friday and other holidays, when it is rescheduled to the preceding Thursday): a variety of local traders sell fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and cheeses. The market was first granted a charter by Richard the Lionheart. The town's post office and main shopping street (Mere Street) are also located by the marketplace.

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One of Norwich’s former shoe factories has become a studio for four young artists this month.

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A furious officer from a conservation trust has hit out at vandals targeting a historic church in an open letter aimed at the perpetrators.

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Gary Setchell admits King’s Lynn Town’s feisty FA Cup showdown with Harlow Town could have ended with even less than 18 players on the pitch.

Diss has produced a few national and international sports stars, including footballer Matthew Upson, who played in defence for England and Arsenal amongst others, and Great Britain judo team member Colin Oates.[8]

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Great Yarmouth Town have their own Norfolk-Suffolk rivalry to sort out this afternoon when the Bloaters head to Ipswich Wanderers looking for their second win of the season.

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The penultimate week of the Norfolk League season saw many promotion and relegation issues sorted, although not all, writes Mike Ridout.

The local Rugby Union club in Roydon has recently enjoyed a great deal of success having been promoted twice in successive years.

Ethel Le Neve born 1883 on Bryars Lane (off Victoria Road) was the mistress of Hawley Harvey Crippen – better known as Dr Crippen, who murdered his wife Cora Crippen in 1910.

Brexit and broadband were on the agenda when South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon met business leaders at a ‘Breakfast with Bacon’ event organised by Diss Business Forum.

Uncertainty surrounds the future of an arts centre in north Norfolk following the shock resignation of its leader.

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She started helping Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides get a good start in life way back in 1975 – and she’s still doing it today.

Thetford Town have moved into second spot in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division after a comprehensive away win.

The town lies in the valley of the River Waveney, around a mere that covers 6 acres (2.4 ha). The mere is up to 18 feet (5.5 m) deep, although there is another 51 feet (16 m) of mud.[2]

Four miles east of Diss is the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum at the former RAF Thorpe Abbotts airfield.


In March 2006, Diss became the third town in the UK to join Cittaslow, an international organisation promoting the concept of 'Slow Towns'.[6] It has since left this initiative.[7]

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Police are appealing for help to identify two men following a theft at a supermarket in Diss.

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The town is home to several sporting organisations, including football club Diss Town FC, who won the FA Vase at Wembley in 1994, Diss RFC (based in nearby Roydon) who won the London 2 North league in 2009 earning promotion to the National leagues, Diss & District Cycling Club and Diss & District Bowls Club, Diss ladies netball club and Diss and District athletics club.

In 2006, the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band, a Diss-based band made up of young musicians from the area, won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

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