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Forest Live 2020 cancelled over coronavirus rules

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A series of outdoor summer concerts that would have brought former Oasis mainman Noel Gallagher back to Suffolk has been called off.

Forestry England has cancelled Forest Live 2020 at all its venues, including High Lodge Visitor Centre in Thetford Forest, because of coronavirus restrictions.

Noel Gallagher

A spokesman said: “We really hope that everyone’s support to fight COVID-19 means the situation will have improved by the summer.

"As well as our valued customers, we work with a large number of volunteers, artists and contractors to make these concerts happen and have taken this decision in the interest of safety for everyone involved."

Ticket holders will be automatically refunded but Forestry England asked for everyone's "patience and understanding at this busy time".

These were the headline acts that had been due to appear the venue at Santon Downham in Suffolk:

  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - 18 June
  • James Morrison and Will Young - 19 June
  • Madness - 20 June
  • Rag‘n’Bone Man - 21 June

Rag'n'Bone Man recently played a surprise gig in Gorleston in Norfolk as a favour for his dad.

Wayward seal released back into the wild

A seal pup found about 15 miles away from its North Sea home on Boxing Day has been released back into the wild.

Zodiac the seal pup

The RSPCA said the pup - named Zodiac - was found by a family walking their dogs along the River Bain at Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire.

The pup, which was severely underweight, is thought to have swum upstream in search of food.

It has spent the past three months recovering at the East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk.

COVID-19 cases rise in the east

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The total number of recorded cases of COVID-19 stands at 2,661 for the East of England, according to figures released on Thursday - up 442 from Wednesday's figures.

  • Essex 667 (+141)
  • Herts 582 (+102)
  • Bucks 339 (+27)
  • Beds 286 (+54)
  • Northants 220 (+33)
  • Norfolk 207 (+27)
  • Cambs 203 (+26)
  • Suffolk 157 (+32)
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