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By Mariam Issimdar and Zoe Applegate

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  1. Our local live coverage for the day

    We hope you've enjoyed our live coverage today, on which royalty in the form of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall turned out for the Royal Norfolk Show.

    Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
    Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles

    Also making headlines today was the news that two other councils have rejected the government's proposals for devolution and three of our MPs have each selected different Tory candidates to support in the party leadership contest.

    We're back tomorrow from 08:00. Have a good evening.

  2. Hewett going for Rio gold

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norfolk is home to one of the favourites for a medal at the Rio Paralympics. 

    Alfie Hewett, 18, from Cantley, near Norwich, will be among the top seeds in the wheelchair tennis event alongside partner Gordon Reid. Hewett will also compete in the singles. 

    The Norwich City College student is an all-round sportsman and as a youngster had ambitions to play professionally for Norwich City.

    Hewett also competes at Wimbledon in the wheelchair event next week.

    Alfie Hewett
    Quote Message: I was a really keen footballer for Norwich and had trials but then got diagnosed with a hip condition when I was seven. I got into wheelchair basketball, archery and then tennis at a local club. It spiralled on from there, really. from Alfie Hewett Wheelchair Tennis player
    Alfie HewettWheelchair Tennis player
  3. Prince Charles out among the crowds

    The Prince of Wales seemed to like what he saw at the Royal Norfolk Show today.

    Prince Charles

    Apparently he doesn't normally drink while on duty but when offered a glass of Adnam's Ghost Ship pale ale he took a sip, declaring it "very good".   

  4. 'Wild' animals entice children at show

    The Royal Norfolk Show wasn't just about tractors, cows and flowery hats, as these King's Lynn schoolchildren discovered:

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  5. Show gets visit from Shetland pony used to help dementia patients

    Zoe Applegate

    BBC News

    Walking through the showground, I spotted this miniature Shetland pony being led by his owner Ali Stearn to make an appearance at the Co-op tent.

    Shetland pony

    Jack Brock, who was rescued eight years ago in Gloucester, is cute and pocket-sized (in equine terms) which is why he is being used to help dementia patients.

    Owner Ali, of Norwich, said he goes into sufferers' bedrooms at a care home in Cromer so they can pet him. "My husband's mother died of dementia and the Co-op is making its stores dementia friendly so that's why we're here."

    Ali, who is jockey Bob Champion's stepdaughter and was brought up in Newmarket, said she was contacted by the care home about three years ago after its owner saw Jack Brock in a newspaper delivering confetti at weddings.

  6. Watch: RAF Falcons parachute into Grand Ring

    This was the scene earlier when the RAF Falcons display team parachuted into the Royal Norfolk Show. Wow!

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  7. Best ever attendance for show?

    Despite the rain, organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show say they've seen better-than-expected ticket sales today.

    They think 90,000 people will visit over the two days of the show.

    Visitors to show
  8. Norfolk MPs nail colours to mast in Tory leadership election

    Nominations opened today for the Conservative leadership election and we've already told you who Elizabeth Truss will be voting for. 

    Big Ben

    Now two more Norfolk MPs have revealed who they will be supporting.

    Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has said he'll be playing a leading role in Theresa May's campaign, while the Norwich North MP, Chloe Smith has come out for the Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb, who she says does have a big enough public profile to be prime minister. 

  9. Man found guilty over death of son he attacked as a baby

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    A father has been found guilty of the manslaughter of his son, who died six years after a head injury inflicted on him as a four-week-old baby.

    Kevin Toye, 29, of St Nicholas Road, Great Yarmouth, was on trial for the manslaughter of Baylee Varley, who died in March 2014.  

    Norwich Crown Court

    Norwich Crown Court was told the boy died six years after his father inflicted a head injury on him as a four-week-old baby.

    A doctor who treated Baylee in February 2008 told the court he could have been "injured by somebody".

    That morning his father found the boy, who had been ill through the night, "floppy, pale and gasping".

    The judge Mr Justice Spencer warned Toye that he faced an inevitable prison sentence. 

  10. Devolution deal rejected by Norwich City Council

    Latest developments in the East Anglia devolution proposals have seen Norwich city councillors vote unanimously to reject the latest deal, which would include a mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk.  


    The city council is the second authority in Norfolk to reject the proposals, following Breckland. 

    Broadland District Council voted in favour of the deal yesterday afternoon. 

    But the rejection by two councils - especially Norwich - has put the whole devolution plan in doubt. 

    Other councils are yet to vote on bringing Norfolk and Suffolk closer together under the deal which is offering the region more money and control over infrastructure and housing as well as budgets for business.  

  11. Labour campaigner: 'Corbyn can win a General Election'

    Under-fire Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn can win a General Election, a prominent Norfolk Labour activist has insisted.

    Mr Corbyn is expected to face a leadership challenge after losing a vote of no-confidence yesterday, but Joanne Rust, who stood for the party in North West Norfolk last year, told BBC Radio Norfolk she hoped he would remain as leader.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    "Having been round the doorsteps in the run-up to the last election, what a lot of people were saying is that we're all the same, and that's one of the main things about Jeremy - he is not the same," she said.

    "I believe that yes, he can win a General Election because he is quite evidently different to the other politicians."

  12. Truss backs Boris in Tory leadership contest

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    We move away from the Royal Norfolk Show to bring you news that the Environment Secretary and South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss is backing Boris Johnson to become the Conservative party's new leader. 

    Ms Truss says she's supporting Johnson since he has commanded the backing of the British people in the EU referendum and she believes he's the best man for the job. 

    Elizabeth Truss MP
  13. Where did you get that hat?

    Zoe Applegate

    BBC News

    Earlier I chatted to a couple of the judges for the Best Dressed competition who told me they had seen a woman in the most incredible homemade hat, and they hoped she would enter the contest.

    Well, look who I bumped into - really, I was never going to miss her - and indeed she is going to enter the competition.

    Emma Gray, 27, of Norwich, told me she spent just a couple of evenings crafting her colourful creation of flowers and feathers. "I normally make my own hats for the show - for about the past five years," she said. 

    "I always enter the Best Dressed competition but have never won before." Until now, I'd safely bet.  

    Emma Gray
  14. Best in show - on the catwalk, too!

    Rebecca Downie, from intu Chapelfield, and Aaron Jermy, store manager of Hugo Boss in Chapelfield, have been talking to BBC Radio Norfolk's Chrissie Jackson about fashion at the show.

    Best dressed judges

    The pair have been going round the showground spotting snappy dressers and inviting them to the best dressed competition at 15:00. 

    They are on the judging panel, too. 

    Rebecca said: "We've seen some bright pops of colour and a lot of floral and a standout hat with lots of flowers and feathers that a lady has made herself and we're really hoping she turns up at 3pm."

  15. Royal Norfolk Show proving to be a family affair

    Zoe Applegate

    BBC News

    Plenty of families have turned out to explore all the show has to offer including mother and daughter Angela Molineux and Lucy Smith, who brought her children Harry, two, and Olivia, three months. 

    family at the show

    Angela said: "My husband is the third generation of his family to be head of gate stewards and public finance, so I've got a long history with the show, but being here today with Harry proves it really is something for the whole family." 

    Lucy said: "Harry has brought a new perspective as he's been looking at the animals and machinery. Olivia, however, has taken a more laidback approach!"    

  16. Ominous-looking clouds as the band play on...

    Zoe Applegate

    BBC News

    The Royal Air Force College band keeps playing as the clouds loom. 

    Royal Airforce College band

    We've felt a few spots of rain already...