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A popular Long Melford fireworks night – described as a 'jewel in the crown' of the village – faces a fight for its future, after organisers were left reeling by the sudden withdrawal of its long-time host site.

For half a century, the annual Big Night Out, a community fun fair and fireworks display has been at Melford Hall, raising thousands of pounds for charities.

However, organisers have been informed by the National Trust, which leases the hall, that they would no longer be allowed to stage the event there.

The trust explained the decision was due to the significant impact caused by recent large-scale events on sensitive areas of the site.

In other news, a musician, bandmate and prolific drummer who played countless shows in Bury St Edmunds and other venues in and around Suffolk has died at the age of 35.

Gaz Burney, who was a member of ‘Dingus Khan’ and ‘Swimsuit Competition’, lost his battle with leukaemia on July 25.

Remembered as an energetic drummer with heaps of talent, Swimsuit Competition singer Amber Scott said: “He was such an amazing guy, such a ball of energy.”

And finally, a team from RAF Honington have scaled the UK's highest peak – while carrying a 52kg whisky barrel.

Four climbers from the RAF station, near Bury St Edmunds, conquered Ben Nevis with the barrel raising £1,800 for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

They reached the top of the 4,413ft peak in eight hours and 40 minutes while carrying their load.