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Gallery: Putting the final preparations to the Perfect Christmas in Suffolk and Essex

13:53 14 December 2012

Jack and  the Beanstalk, Mercury Theatre, Colchester from the 7th of December until 12th of January 2013. 
Simple Simon, played by Dale Superville, Lady Mia, played by Emily Bull and Jack played by Jai Vethamony in the panto, Jack and the beanstalk at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Mercury Theatre, Colchester from the 7th of December until 12th of January 2013. Simple Simon, played by Dale Superville, Lady Mia, played by Emily Bull and Jack played by Jai Vethamony in the panto, Jack and the beanstalk at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

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IT is the most magical time of year, and this week there has been an extra sparkle sprinkled over the region.

In Colchester, the curtain went up on The Mercury Theatre’s annual panto. This year audience’s are enjoying the spectacle that is Jack and The Beanstalk.

Father Christmas has been checking his list after speaking with children at Denny’s in Bury St Edmunds and in Ipswich, shoppers snapped up bargains at the Fore Street Christmas market.

Footballers took a trip to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice, as well as other medical centres across Suffolk, to spread some festive cheer.

Scouts in Stowmarket have shown they are prepared for Christmas by launching their annual post service.

Tree festivals have also taken place around the region, celebrating the iconic Christmas tree.

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Tributes have poured in for a well-known Stowmarket couple who were found dead at their home yesterday.

An up-and-coming filmmaker returned to his home town of Ipswich today to inspire young talent to follow a career in the arts.

Former Stowmarket High School student Gareth Snell was being introduced as an MP in the House of Commons on Monday after winning the Stoke on Trent Central by-election.

An Ipswich minicab driver has been convicted of touting for business and stealing a £450 phone belonging to a teenage girl he illegally picked up at Cardinal Park.

A former Ipswich businessman who lost a £2,000 Cartier watch has said an honest stranger who found it and handed it in has restored his faith in human nature.

There may be delays in some parts of Suffolk tomorrow as police escort an abnormal load through the county.

Suffolk and Essex have a lot to shout about when it comes to producing top quality food and drink brands which are capturing the world’s attention.

Housebuilding giant Persimmon has notched up a healthy rise in full-year profit as it pointed to a “confident” housing market, despite concerns over Brexit.

Quiet morning so far on the roads and trains, with one cancellation and some congestion.

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