Furious residents claim their Christmas decorations have been BALLSED UP after a neighbouring council gifted them a shocking second-hand £40,000 silver spruce – which no one else wants.
Peterborough City Council in Cambridgeshire paid thousands for the 10-metre-tall tree, which is made up of a pile of silver balls, five years ago. But it proved hugely unpopular, with residents likening it to a stack of Ferrero Roche, a “Heston Blumenthal-inspired croquembouche” and “bubble-wrap.”
The GRANDSON of vicious swan Mr Asbo has been up to his old tricks attacking visitors to Cambridge – but this time he has come ASHORE as the river is empty due to lockdown.
The feathered fiend, who is now a fully-fledged swan, was nicknamed Asbaby as a youngster when he pecked petrified punters on the famous Backs. But during lockdown punts and boats have been stored away and there is no one on the river, so now the savage swan has taken to chasing people on the towpath instead.
TV hunk Tom Brittney looked as though he was playing the lead role in hit musical Grease as he was seen repairing a Jaguar wearing a tight white vest and Levi jeans.
The 29-year-old seemed to have taken inspiration from John Travolta’s character, Danny Zuko, as he was spotted covered in grease under the bonnet of the white car. The actor, who was reprising his role as the vicar, Reverend Will Davenport in ITV’s crime drama, Grantchester, showed that he was also a dab hand as a mechanic as he got to work on the vintage vehicle.
Actor David Jason was seen watching the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight practise their display for the new season as they gained their Public Display Approval.
The Only Fools and Horses star seemed to be enjoying the display by the iconic planes at RAF Coningsby base in Lincolnshire and was later spotted meeting the crew of the Lancaster. The 80-year-old started his career as a mechanic and is a qualified helicopter pilot.
Furious villagers on the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk border have been told they must pay at least £780 a year to continue using an historic iron bridge – or face a 10 MILE detour.
Residents in the small community of Brandon Bank and Little Ouse were stunned to receive a letter telling them they must now pay a significant toll to cross the bridge – which has been free to use for more than 70 YEARS. The charges have been imposed by the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, which owns the bridge - which was built in the 1950s - as part of the 13,000-acre Waldersey estate.
UK new car registrations rose for the first time this year, by 11.3 per cent in July, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Some 174,887 cars were registered in July 2020 as dealerships across the UK opened for their first full month of trading since February. This represents a significant improvement on the same month last year, when declining business and consumer confidence undermined the market.
Cambridge University students were seen returning to colleges - seven months after they closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Students wore masks as they loaded trolleys with their bags and possessions and moved back into university accommodation. The prestigious university has introduced a staggered start to the Autumn term and put a set of strict rules in place for its safe reopening programme.
A teenager has become the first model with Down’s syndrome to pose for Gucci Beauty - with her pictures appearing in Vogue Italia.
Ellie Goldstein has also become one of the brand’s most popular posts on their Instagram page, with almost 800,000 likes. The 18-year-old modelled Gucci Mascara L’Obscur for the campaign, with her photo receiving hundreds of positive comments on Instagram.
This stunning collection of photos which provide a heart-warming and inspirational insight into ARMY life have all been selected as winners in an annual competition run by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
The theme of this year’s contest was “What does the British Army mean to you?” and the pictures have been taken by both professional photographers and the general public. They have been selected from a record number of more than 280 entries and show both the professional and human side to the army men and women, with images ranging from Remembrance Day parades to explosions on the battlefields and cadets in training.
Traditional punts in Cambridge have been fitted with PERSPEX screens to help with social distancing between different households.
Punts have looked the same for the last 120 years, but now Lets Go Punting and The Traditional Punting Company have given their boats a makeover so they can safely re-open. The companies have fixed Perspex screens to their boats to ensure there is a protective barrier between different groups of people when the current two metre minimum distance is not met.
A three-year-old disabled girl told she may never walk has become the YOUNGEST person ever to receive a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister after raising £20,000 for the NHS by completing a rainbow mission.
Pretty Daisy Briggs, who has spina bifida, hydrocephalus, hip dysplasia and talipes, has been called “an inspiration” by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after walking 25 metres a day with her frame for 64 days during lockdown. The little girl was inspired by Colonel Tom Moore to undertake her own challenge in support of the NHS, which has saved her life on multiple occasions.
A Labrador is believed to have broken the world record by giving birth to FOURTEEN adorable puppies in one litter.
Bella has previously given birth to litters of just six to eight puppies so her owners were shocked when she produced such a big brood. Owner Hazel Hedges, who helped Bella out by bottle feeding the pups through the night for the first three weeks, said the huge litter had been a big “surprise.”
No one knows who The Hat is, but there is speculation it could be Sheeran, who has posted pictures on social media of similar murals, which he has painted during his break from touring.
There are rumours ED SHEERAN could be the new mystery “Banksy” artist who has been leaving his paintings at locations in East Suffolk asking for them to be auctioned for charities. The mysterious artist, known as “The Hat” has donated two of his Jackson Pollok-inspired paintings to a charity shop in Framlingham, where the pop star frequently makes donations.
Horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment galloped around in the fields after being “furloughed” due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Around 200 horses have swapped their London stables for the freedom of the Leicestershire countryside while ceremonial duties are no longer taking place. The horses are usually based in Hyde Park in Knightsbridge and would normally be preparing for the Trooping of the Colour next month.
Cambridge University’s world-famous King’s College choir has sung together for the first time since lockdown in March.
The choristers were seen parading into King’s College Chapel in Cambridge as they returned for the start of the university term. The boys looked pleased to be back singing together for the first time in six months after they were fitted for their new cassocks in the Antechapel.
The finishing touches are being made to the UK’s first electric forecourt.
The site in Braintree, Essex, is the first of around 100 electric forecourts to be built around the country over the next five years as part of a £1 billion programme. It will have 24 charging points, which can charge a vehicle in around 20 to 30 minutes, as well as six Tesla superchargers.
Aerial pictures show Britain’s new “mega prison” has the X-Factor with buildings in the shape of CROSSES – and no BARS on the windows.
The huge jail in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, which has just had its topping out ceremony, will hold 1,680 inmates, making it England’s biggest prison. Some inmates at the new-style £253 million super prison will have unobstructed views from their cells over the beautiful River Nene and a fishing lake.
A petrolhead pooch is living life in the fast lane by travelling around in a motorbike SIDECAR.
Louie, a two-year-old St Bernard, regularly goes “motorbarking” on the side of the Honda Gold Wing 1500 at speeds of up to 55mph. The thrill-seeking puppy, who has his own crash hat and doggles, loves going on journeys with owner Alan Valkeith and attracts a lot of attention from motorists and passers-by.
Work is continuing on the Prime Minister’s plane which has had a giant UNION JACK painted on its tail fin as part of a £900,000 paint job.
The once grey aircraft was spotted through the hangar doors in Cambridge, where it is being given a makeover with a massive red, white and blue flag painted on its rear. The RAF Airbus Voyager has been undergoing a revamp at Marshall Aerospace and as the hanger door was opened today, the new-look plane could be seen.
Robbie Williams played an intimate gig at the Roundhouse in London his PYJAMAS.
The pop singer wore gold silk pyjamas for his Under the Radar concert after telling fans that would be the dress code. Last week he jokingly tweeted that fans wouldn’t be allowed entry to his gig unless they wore pyjamas and most of them obliged, including his band.