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Colchester: Knitter unite for a good cause

10:00 12 February 2013

Amy Turnbull ( left) and Alex Davis of Colchester-based ‘Stitch and Bitch’ knitting group

Amy Turnbull ( left) and Alex Davis of Colchester-based ‘Stitch and Bitch’ knitting group

KNITTERS from Colchester are hoping their hard work will help to keep babies in Africa warm.

More than 1,500 woollen items have been produced after a call went out to local knitters to start work on jumpers, hats and blankets.

The collection has been organised by Alex Davis and Amy Turnbull, who run a monthly ‘Stitch and Bitch’ knitting group in the town.

The items will be sent to Malawi where parents have to wrap newborn children in newspaper, earning them the nickname ‘fish ’n’ chip babies’.

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Rail passengers travelling between London to Ipswich this morning are facing delays after ‘trespass incident’ between Colchester and Marks Tey.

The A14 Orwell Bridge will remain open today as Storm Doris looks to have passed - but it was a busy night for the emergency services as they dealt with the aftermath.

This year marks the 47th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Road run - and as the organisers make their final preparations we look back to a particularly popular run in May 1995.

Pianos collectively worth £50,000 are being given away to schools and community groups.

Storm Doris has caused widespread disruption across Essex.

Nearly 11 hours after it was closed, motorists are now able to use the Orwell Bridge.

Ipswich’s MP has said work must continue to provide the town with alternative routes for diverted Orwell Bridge traffic in the wake of yesterday’s closure.

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