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Gallery: A dramatic fire in Trimley and a “mega” happening in the world of birds - the photos behind the headlines

08:00 23 June 2013

A blaze engulfed outbuildings at The Three Mariners in Trimley St Mary. Photo by Nigel Pickover

A blaze engulfed outbuildings at The Three Mariners in Trimley St Mary. Photo by Nigel Pickover

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Our weekly look back at the photos that made the headlines.

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In the biggest mass arrival of twitchers seen in the county for years, people converged on the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s isolated Trimley Marshes reserve to see a Pacific swift, a species seen so rarely in Britain that it is referred to in birding circles as a “mega”.

And the landlady of the Three Mariners in Trimley praised fire crews for saving the pub after a devastating blaze this week. It came the night before the Memorial Hall was targetted. A mna has been arrested on suspicion of arson and released on bail.

More than 2,000 women and girls took part in the Race for Life at Chantry Park in Ipswich – raising about £130,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called after a lorry overturned at the Copdock interchange, blocking the slip road between the A12 and A14.

Isobelle Creamer conquered a five-mile charity walk to mark her treasured sister’s milestone birthday.

She walked from her home to the EACH children’s hospice in St Augustine’s Gardens and on to Ipswich Hospital to raise money for Epilepsy Sucks.

Amelia Jane Austin-Ryder, nine, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was “absolutely thrilled” when Malcolm, the horse she rides at Hill Farm Stables in Elmswell, popped by last week as she recovered from a major operation.

Staff and students at Easton and Otley College’s Otley campus helped raise more than £3,000 for Guide Dogs – and Otley the puppy visited the site this week.

Green-fingered youngsters at Snape Primary School have been getting some first-hand experience of where their food comes from.

Hundreds of tiny tots are set to benefit from The Happy Hearts fundraising mission which will provide quicker treatment for heart conditions thanks to a £40,000 charity appeal.

School pupils from years 10 to 13 were guests for a special Creative Media Showcase day where creative arts were the focus of a special open day at UCS on the Waterfront.

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