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Gallery: Pupils dive in to swimming challenge launched ahead of the Great East Swim on June 21 at Alton Water

PUBLISHED: 13:44 12 June 2014

Children from Crawford Primary, Haughley take part in the the Schools version of the Great East Swim.

Children from Crawford Primary, Haughley take part in the the Schools version of the Great East Swim.

More than 2,500 pupils from 95 primary schools across Suffolk are aiming to swim hundreds of miles this 
week.

The event, which sees them swim around their pool as many times as possible during their weekly swimming lessons, is part of the Great East Swim 2014 Community Outreach Programme.

And 12 schools have been chosen to take part in a gala final and swimming masterclass at Crown Pools on June 20 with former Olympian David Davies.

The events have been organised by Suffolk County Council and Suffolk NORSE, who deliver school swimming. It aims to encourage them to take part in the Great East Swim on June 21 at Alton Water.

Entry is still open for the half-mile for those aged 12 and over, one mile, two mile or 5km events.

Visit www.greatswim.org to enter by Monday.

A Suffolk war hero who survived eight bomb blasts has told this newspaper a new political party launching nationwide next month aims repair the country’s public services – and give disillusioned voters a voice.

An appeal has been launched to find an Essex man wanted in connection with a failure to appear at court.

A world-renowned female harpist has denied sexually abusing a schoolboy and told a trial that he sexually assaulted her while she was in the shower.

Starstruck pupils at a Suffolk primary school gasped and cheered as The Voice contestants Tania Hambleton and Ryan North treated the excited youngsters to a mini concert.

The mother of a man with Down’s Syndrome who died at the age of just 33 says she believes her son’s death was ‘wholly preventable’, an inquest has heard.

A Suffolk MP has demanded the Government pledge emergency cash to solve an ambulance crisis which whistleblowers claim has killed scores across the region.

The University of Essex is among more than 60 institutions set to strike next month over pensions – however staff at the University of Suffolk are not expected to take part.

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