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Naughty elves have been holding toys captive, redecorating Christmas trees and swinging from the lampshades over the past week.

The Colchester Mercury has a well deserved reputation for staging some of the most lavish traditional pantomimes in East Anglia.

There were no dancing cups and saucers, singing clocks or candelabra hosts but who needs the Disney sparkle when you have the true magic of panto?

One of the country’s biggest music stars, Olly Murs, has been named as a headline act for the 2017 Newmarket Nights summer concert series.

Christchurch Mansion, Fore Street Swimming Pool and the Town Hall are just a handful of Ipswich’s prestigious buildings set to be opened up for filming as part of the Screen Suffolk deal under latest plans by town bosses.

Inspired snappers in Kesgrave enjoyed the summer sun and braved the wintry weather to share their stills in the latest Kesgrave Photography Competition.

For a man who reckons he drifted into advertising and public relations without knowing much about it, Bob Cattell hasn’t done badly. We’d all be pretty chuffed to have altered course slightly and ended up selling more than 250,000 children’s books, wouldn’t we?

The Ipswich Co-op Juniors certainly know how to stage a spectacle and this year’s festive extravaganza is as glitzy and glamorous – and as technically accomplished – as anything you would see on a West End stage.

When the weather outside is as cold as it has been in Suffolk and Essex over the past few days, the temptation can be to stay at home over the weekend and take up residence in front of the TV.

A glamorous Christmas party with the stars of hit ITV series The Only Way Is Essex takes place in Suffolk tomorrow.

Two large scale works from the beginning and middle of the 19th century were the basis of this impressive concert by the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra under their long serving conductor Adam Gatehouse.

In an age when most pantomimes are traditional and predictable, the New Wolsey’s new rock’n’roll panto, Sinbad, doesn’t arrive like a breath of fresh air but more like a full-blown tempest. In among the rock’n’roll classics like Living on a Prayer, Smoke on the Water, The Tide Is High and Sending Out an SOS, we even get some lines of Shakespeare’s King Lear: “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!” to underline the power of the story.

It says a huge amount abut the international singing sensation that he chose a gala dinner for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices for his sole performance of 2016.

One of radio’s most iconic stations is next year hoping to return to its heartland on the airwaves – in time to celebrate 50 years since the law that abolished the pirates.

Singer Jess Glynne is set for Newmarket Nights return in 2017 after her sell out show this year, it has been announced.

Families in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Woodbridge and Newmarket will be expecting a visit from a naughty little elf tonight as the Christmas tradition continues.

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Danny Mac could still suffer a “huge” exit shock if he finds himself unsuited to a style of dance, Ipswich star Robin Windsor has warned.

The Wizard of Oz, a Hollywood musical classic, is brought to the Ipswich Regent with style by the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Olly Murs is the latest act announced to perform as part of Forest Live in Thetford Forest next year – and he’s also coming to Colchester United.

Tickets are selling fast for tomorrow’s performances of an old-time musical by the Barton Players – but there are still a few seats left.

Details for the return of next year’s Ipswich Jazz Festival have been unveiled – with a host of national names joining local artists for the three-day weekend.

A cast of 15 sixth-formers took on the classic morality tale, Everyman, in its recent adapted form by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

No-one would argue that 2016 has been anything other than a strange year. A very strange year, writes Sheena Grant.

Looking for a fun family day out in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds or Felixstowe this weekend?

EastEnders actor Danny Dyer begins the journey into his past at the Queen Vic, writes Lynne Mortimer, after watching BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? last night.

A Suffolk artist is donating a fifth of proceeds from the sale of her latest work to a charity which helped her son return to education.

An eagerly-awaited trampoline and soft-play area which planned to open its doors in Ipswich before Christmas has been put back until early next year.

An Ipswich musician has quickly gone from writing songs in her bedroom to being tipped for the charts.

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