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Sailing club journeys from Aldeburgh to Alpine foothills for boat’s birthday regatta

A Loch Long sailing on the Alde. Picture: GEORGINA CAMP

A Loch Long sailing on the Alde. Picture: GEORGINA CAMP

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A flotilla of yachts will leave the Suffolk coast bound for northern Italy next month.

Aldeburgh Yacht Club’s 17 Long Loch boats are making the journey to Lake Como for a week-long private regatta.

The trip has been organised by the club’s Loch Long class captain, James Powell, to celebrate the wooden keelboat’s 80th anniversary.

The first Long Lochs were built in 1937 for the anticipated coronation of Edward VIII. In total, about 150 have been built, with racing fleets based at Clyde and Aldeburgh Yacht Club, where a Loch Long tartan has been designed and worn for appropriate occasions.

The club will take along its own bagpiper a retired detective from Strathclyde police and its own master of the Scottish ‘reel’ a type of folk dance.

The boat will be driven on road trailers Aval-Cdv yacht club at Gravedona, where one evening of the regatta will include a Scottish evening of haggis, whisky and reeling in the town square.

British Transport Police (BTP) from Colchester were sent to reports of a rave close to a railway station in east Suffolk last night.

Veteran television presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89, his manager has said.

A former employee of an Essex business who sold stolen bottles of perfume and other toiletry items on eBay for more than £4,000 has walked free from court after a judge decided not to send her straight to prison.

The chairman of the 18th Ipswich Scout Group says he is “appalled” after discovering the club’s minibus was stolen yesterday.

Highways officials predict severe congestion from even modest increases in traffic from developments surrounding a pinch point junction.

Engineers from Network Rail are expected to work around the clock this weekend to ensure the rail line between East Anglia and the rest of the country is open again by Monday morning.

One of the most popular folk festivals in the country got under way yesterday as people started to pour in for three days of relaxed fun and excellent music.

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