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Gallery: A cold week in Suffolk as Christmas draws ever closer

16:00 14 December 2012

Photos of a frosty Dallinghoo this morning

Photos of a frosty Dallinghoo this morning

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WHILE Suffolk shivered on one of the coldest weeks of the year, Jack Frost was hard at work covering the county with a sparkling icy blast and inspiring our readers to capture some stunning images.

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Temperatures have plummeted to -6.4C in places this week, also creating misery for drivers attempting to navigate their way along slippery roads.

On Wednesday - the 12/12/2012 - miracle baby Callum Langston turned 12 and celebrated the event with his family.

Seven-year-old Isobelle Creamer’s beaming smile was enough to remind the Super Blues’ players what their annual Christmas visit to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH) means to the youngsters. Shrieking with laughter, she planted a big blob of blue paint on the nose of Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy when members of the first team squad visited the Treehouse Hospice in St Augustine’s Gardens on Monday,

Men and women who fly and maintain Apache helicopters were recognised this week for their efforts at a parade at Wattisham Airfield. Colonel Andrew Jackson, deputy commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, who presented 66 soldiers with medals said: “It’s an absolute privilege to represent the regiment on a very special day.”

Hundreds of festive fundraisers donned Santa Claus costumes and jogged through the streets of Ipswich at the weekend – raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process. More than 250 people took part in the 3km Ipswich Santa Run for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

The Christmas market in Fore Street provided a welcome boost for businesses in the area, which saw a major decline in footfall during recent roadworks by National Grid. It was very busy and hailed a great success by organisers and stallholders alike.

The long-awaited Beccles loop finally opened this week, allowing an hourly service to run between the county’s two largest towns.

However, on the day the new service was opened with VIPs on the first new train from Lowestoft, two level crossings broke down.

This meant the train had to stop before passing them at walking pace – which ultimately made the train ten minutes late into Ipswich.

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Rail passengers will be bussed to Newbury Park Tube station.

A 100-strong fleet of buses was rolling into action today to keep passengers moving between East Anglia and London as the first weekend rail line closure takes effect.

File photo.

More than 200 properties and businesses were without power in and around the town centre this evening.

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This weekend is set to be cold and overcast, with just a hint of sun on Sunday - making it difficult to entertain young children.

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The A14 has reopened after a seven-vehicle crash on the A14 this evening.

Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

Another week of great music and events is upon us and Remi Morrison brings you a round up of what is happening in Ipswich over the next few days.

Smokey joes burger deli Ipswich

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis checks out Ipswich’s newest burger joint

Events such as Thursday's Harry Potter Night have helped libraries become a hub for the community

People in Suffolk are today being urged people to back their local library – or risk losing them.

Stowmarket's Regal Theatre is premiering Dad's Army. In conjunction with the cinemas 80th Birthday.

A Suffolk town’s theatre and cinema kicked off its 80th birthday celebrations in style with a sell-out premiere screening of star-studded film Dad’s Army.

Oscar Fitzgerald

A man from Lowestoft who raped a 12-year-old girl after meeting her online has been jailed.

Tower Ramparts in the early 1930s. This is now the townÕs bus station. The building in the right background is now the Robert Ransome public house.

Tower Ramparts, Ipswich, is the name of the road stretching from Northgate Street to High Street and the bus station for Ipswich Buses, writes David Kindred.

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