One of Cambridgeshire's oddest traditions gets under way this morning...
Dagenham: Spice Girls To Close Games?
Rumours that the Spice Girls will be reuniting to perform at the Olympic Games closing ceremony look to be true after the band were pictured apparently rehearsing for Sunday's extravaganza.
All five members of the pop group, who shot to global fame in the mid-1990s, were spotted clasping microphones as they stood on top of traditional London taxis during the practice session.
Other stars snapped by The Sun during the rehearsals at the Ford car plant in Dagenham, were Brain May, the Pet Shop Boys, Jessie J, Annie Lennox, Tinie Tempah and George Michael, who has already revealed he is to perform.
David Arnold, the closing ceremony's musical director, has said the Olympic Stadium spectacle, which is expected to be watched by millions, will reflect the nation as a whole.
The composer, who has written music for Bond films and the hit BBC show Sherlock, added that it would be based around 30 classic pieces of British music.
Take That have been widely tipped to appear, although singer Gary Barlow's presence is in doubt after his daughter Poppy was stillborn.
It is also reported the event will feature models of London landmarks including Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral.
Arnold said: "We're trying to have moments where someone from the Cotswolds watching it on TV and someone from a tower block overlooking it in the East End will be able to find something in it of which they can say, 'That's us, really that's Britain'.''
The first rail freight service from the UK to China has arrived.
The contract of the current Chief Constable of Essex, Stephen Kavanagh, has been extended for a further four years.
A teacher, who worked in Chelmsford, has been charged with multiple offences relating to children.
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