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Head shave raises funds for Peru charity trek

Clo Bell said goodbye to her hair in order to raise money for her friend Laura Burgess’ charity trek in Peru. Laura, who is from Wisbech, needed to raise £3,700 for the 26-mile Inca Trail trek. She is raising the money for MacMillan Cancer Support and doing the trek in memory of her mother.

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Taxi tractor is heading for Barcelona

An old Metro taxi disguised as a tractor may not be the usual choice for a 1,300-mile drive, but it is the choice of mechanic Jonathan Upchurch for the Barcelona Bangers competition. Jonathan will be joined by Alan Stimpson, Jherek Upchurch and Joshua Harlock for the event and they will drive through France, over the Alps, along the Riviera and on to Barcelona all to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Diabetes charity will benefit from cyclist’s 2,500km

A charitable cyclist is undertaking a 2,500km bike ride across Europe to raise money for a diabetic charity. Sarah Rixon will be travelling from Comberton in Cambridgeshire to Lisbon over 10 weeks. The 44 year old has a reputation as an adventurer and has already climbed to Everest Base Camp, crossed the Sahara twice in a Land Rover and canoed down the Zambezi River.

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Peterborough river charity duck race may not go ahead due to flood warnings

Following unprecedented heavy rain fall, a charity duck race has had to be cancelled as event organisers fear that the banks of the Cambridgeshire river where it takes place could burst. The Environment Agency told organisers that the River Nene in Peterborough is currently too dangerous for the race, which sees hundreds of plastic ducks race down the river.

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Professor John Wallwork receives CBE

Professor John Wallwork, a retired surgeon who completed Europe’s first successful heart-lung transplant has been awarded a CBE for his work. The professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, has been recognised for all of his services to healthcare over the years.

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Welcome to Lady Bug’s ball!

A sea of women in red and purple descended into Cambridge for the first ever ‘hoot’ held in the city. The members of the colourfully dressed Red Hat Society are part of a worldwide phenomenon; a social club for women over 50. Visitors to Cambridge for the hoot came from around the UK as well as America and Canada.

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Cam on in – the water’s amazing . . .

Brave swimmers took to the River Cam this New Year’s Day for some freezing fun! Around 60 people decided to blow the cobwebs of 2011 away and leap into the chilly water for an annual dip in Grantchester.

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Folk Festival

Headliners at the Cambridge Folk Festival have included Laura Marling, Chris Wood and Richard Thompson, among many others. Many famous names have been in the line-up over the years, including The Levellers, k.d lang, Joan Baez, Elvis Costello and Joe Strummer.

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The Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange is a venue for music, comedy and entertainment but, as its name suggests, it was not always that way. The building began its life in 1875 as a corn exchange, where cereal grains could be traded. It was designed by local architect Richard Reynolds Rowe after he won the right to do so in a competition. The building was also to be used for entertainment events.

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Outdoor Space in Cambridge

The outdoor space in Cambridge is just as much of a tourist attraction as the buildings and museums. The most famous of these is known as “The Backs” which is simply the backs of the colleges overlooking the river. The best way to see these is by boat, and the flowers growing in this area make it a great view.

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