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Summary

  1. Commemorations held to mark 100th anniversary of Battle of the Somme
  2. Norwich City unveil new kit
  3. Updates on Friday, 1 July 2016
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Monday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Nic Rigby

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday, a day dominated by events to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and by news that devolution plans for the East are set to go ahead despite opposition from four Norfolk councils.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Weather: Cloudy tonight... Tomorrow, sunny spells

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight, rather cloudy and breezy with the risk of showers, although they are likely to be quite isolated.  Many places staying dry this evening and overnight. Lows of 9C (48F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow, a fine start with sunny spells. Cloud increasing with the risk of showers, some heavy. Highs of 19C (66F).

  3. King's Lynn's Festival Too in its 31st year

    King's Lynn's Festival Too carries on tonight and this weekend. It's in its 31st year.

    Gabrielle

    Local musicians like Jake Morrell, who's just back from Glastonbury, will play alongside big acts like 70s group Odyssey and singer Gabrielle. It's held in the Tuesday Market Place.

    Next weekend is the third and final weekend of concerts.

  4. Devolution moves ahead despite opposition

    We've been looking today at the decision to push ahead with devolution in the East with an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk and another for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

    The plans are moving forward despite the opposition of four councils in Norfolk. Here are some maps showing which councils are backing or opposing devolution. 

    Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire county councils, and Peterborough City Council, a unitary authority, are backing the scheme.

    Four Norfolk councils - Norwich, Breckland, North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth - oppose the move.

    Devolution map
    Devolution map
  5. Listen: 'Million Dollar Man' comes to Norwich

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    I've been to Epic Studios in Norwich to interview WWE wrestling legend "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. He's in the city this week to take part in the World Association of Wrestling TV tapings.

    The Norwich-based WAW says it is in talks with several channels with the hope of bringing wrestling back to British television.

    Video content

    Video caption: The WWE Hall of Famer is involved in WAW event at Epic Studios. Rob Butler speaks to him
  6. Plans to transform former garage site in Stalham

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Plans to transform the look of a Norfolk town and replace a former garage and filling station are being looked at by councillors.

    The corner of High Street and Ingham Road

    The former garage site at the corner of High Street and Ingham Road, Stalham, is now used as a car wash, tyre depot and for selling second-hand cars.

    North Norfolk councillors looked at the plans today and decided to defer the decision to seek further information on the economic impact and whether they could cost 11 jobs.

  7. Conservative MPs in Norfolk make leadership choices

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Conservative MPs in Norfolk are split about who to support in the Tory leadership election.

    Theresa May MP

    The MP for Great Yarmouth, Brandon Lewis MP, has backed Home Secretary Theresa May, while Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, has gone for Justice Secretary Michael Gove.

    Norwich North MP Chloe Smith is supporting Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb and is seconding his nomination.

    Other MPs in the county have yet to declare who they are supporting.

  8. New shadow defence secretary marks the centenary of the Somme

    Norwich South MP and shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis has been taking part in an event to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

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  9. Two injured in Billockby crash

    Two people were injured when a car rolled over in Billockby, near Acle, this morning. 

    It happened on the main road through the village at 09:13. The injured people were treated at the scene. The road was closed for a short time.

  10. Lest we forget

    Cromer Royal British Legion has tweeted a photograph of a Norfolk soldier who died on the Somme to mark the centenary of the battle.

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  11. Devolution in the East: What happens now?

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    With devolution plans for two elected mayors - one for Norfolk and Suffolk, and one for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire - looking set to go ahead, the next thing to happen will be consultation by the county councils.

    House building

    After that the government will have have to set up elections for the new mayors.

    The new mayors won't take any powers away from either the county, district or unitary councils covered, but will take strategic powers from central government.

    The new deal promises:

    • A single pot of £25m a year of new money for the next 30 years (£750m) to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs.
    • About a £100m, over five years, of new money to support the building of new homes across Norfolk and Suffolk
    • An extra £30m over five years for Norwich and Ipswich housing in recognition of their greater housing needs
    • A guaranteed £225m transport budget for the next four years 
    • Control of an existing £20m a year adult skills to meet business training needs
    • Greater control over who delivers transport services in Norfolk and Suffolk, and how they are delivered.
  12. Stunning show, fit for a Prince

    Eastern Daily Press

    Here's the front page of today's EDP:

    EDP front page
  13. £100m vision for former shoe factory

    Here's the Evening News' front page today:

    Norwich Evening News front page
  14. Devolution in the East to go ahead

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Councils in East Anglia have decided to proceed with plans for regional devolution despite four councils in Norfolk rejecting the plans.

    Devolution document

    I understand that Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire county councils have decided that there is "enough critical mass" to proceed with the plans and "an enthusiasm on the part of most people to proceed". 

    The county councils will launch a statutory consultation next week and it's understood that next week the government will start the legislative process to hold elections for directly elected mayors in Norfolk and Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

    Breckland, Norwich, North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth councils have rejected the plans but the other authorities have decided to proceed without them and hope that they may decide to join the process later on. 

  15. Picture: The Somme battlefield today

    As we mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, take a look at this stunning photograph of the battlefield by Nick Stone, of Norwich.

    It shows "Sausage Valley", so-called because of a German lookout balloon that used to watch it. "The other side of the road is called Mash Valley," he says.

    Sausage Valley battlefield

    The shot was taken from Lochnagar Crater at La Boisselle and looks across the area the 34th Division advanced on 1 July 1916.

    It included the 11th Service Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, of whom 190 men were killed and 337 injured. The regiment was raised in Cambridge.

    You can see more of Nick's photographs and read his writing on his Invisible Works blog.