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Gallery: The week in pictures

18:00 11 January 2013

Last night at the Spa Pavilion . . . Dennis Lowe

Last night at the Spa Pavilion . . . Dennis Lowe's Theatre Company perform the panto Aladdin.


Drama this week as the new year brings the end of an era for local theatre


After more than a century echoing to the sounds of music, dance, drama and comedy, the Spa Pavilion was silent this week, doors locked, its future shrouded in uncertainty. As another panto run came to an end, the emotion and reality of the occasion hit home and there were tears on stage and off as the Spa Pavilion was formally closed after 103 years as a venue for seafront entertainment.

Youngsters from the children’s theatre company (CTC) can add fundraising to their list of talents. Thirteen acts sang, played and read poetry at the group’s first ever talent show at Bramford’s Victory Hall; raising £100 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

A daring bunch of fitness fanatics got covered in mud in a gruelling 10k challenge for a charity. Part-time personal trainer and full-time postman Mark Flewitt, 38, led the 15-strong Fitness 23 team from Ipswich on the 10k Mucky Races Guts’n’Glory course at Bures Pit in Essex. The runners tackled the tough course in aid of eight-year-old Mason Fountain’s charity, Mason’s Magic, which helps children with brain tumours, supporting the national charity Brain Tumour UK.

Twenty children aged three months to six years gathered at Rushmere Village Hall for a children’s Christmas party in aid of the Ipswich and East Suffolk National Childbirth Trust (NCT). Home-made cakes were eaten, Christmas crafts were made and the children enjoyed a trip to the North Pole with a mini workshop from Pyjama Drama.

A town sixth form college hosted an event to encourage more students to pursue careers in engineering. Suffolk One students were joined by sixth-form students from Northgate High School, St Albans and Stowmarket High School for the annual competition. The idea was to give the sixth formers greater awareness of some of the professional and technical careers in construction such as civil and structural engineering.

An animal lover has thanked Suffolk residents for helping to reunite her with her pet pooch. Heidi Copping first discovered her dog Cody, was missing on Wednesday morning and miss Copping was contacted by the police following reports a husky had been seen on the A14 near Stonham. He was eventually caught by a farmer in Creeting St Mary and it is believed the pooch had travelled up to 25 miles during his disappearance.

Youngsters have written a book and dedicated it to a school pal recovering from a brain tumour, aiming to raise funds for a charity which has helped the boy’s family. Children from Felixstowe’s Fairfield Infant School and Colneis Junior School, where Ethan is a pupil, wanted to support their schoolfriend by helping the Sick Children’s Trust, which has provided accommodation for his parents, Tina and Andrew, during their two-and-half-month long bedside vigil.

A male deer, nicknamed Rudolph, got in a tangle when a rope caught in his antlers in the grounds of Orwell Park School in Nacton. The RSPCA, who were alerted to the incident by a member of the public, said it appeared the deer had got entangled in a roped off area of a cricket pitch.

Beaming Brooke Lawrance’s first day back at school was one she had dreamed of and the seven-year-old was desperate to walk through the school gates for the very first time. Brave Brooke, who suffers from cerebral palsy, proudly strolled into Britannia Primary School this week after undergoing pioneering surgery in the USA last month.

An impressive fleet of Bentleys could be seen travelling in convoy along the picturesque Suffolk coastline. Members of the Bentley Essex owners’ club took part in a special trip from Essex to Aldeburgh at the weekend where they enjoyed some locally-caught fish and chips by the sea.

A man once branded the fattest in the world is hoping to fight his way back to fitness by joining a gym. Paul Mason, who lives in Ravenswood, is hoping doctors give him the go-ahead to start pumping iron after a gastric by-pass helped him to lose an incredible 46 stone.

An intrepid cyclist has completed a successful coast-to-coast challenge across Mexico. John Miller, 62, from Woodbridge, undertook the 600km ride in aid of Help for Heroes, which raises money for injured troops.



The Buttermarket Centre will become a £35m entertainment complex

Cinema giant Empire has signed up for a new £35m leisure complex being created in the Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich.

The incident happened in Duke Street (stock photo)

The victim of a violent attack during a party at an Ipswich flat has described how his arm was nearly cut off with a machete.

The launch of the Bredfield Men In Pants calendar which is raising money for Macmillan.

A Suffolk village’s cheeky charity calendar is already raising thousands after doing a roaring trade on the night of its official launch.


Michael Lee in drug rehab
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An increasing number of people in Suffolk and North Essex are dying from illegal drug use, an investigation can today reveal.

The Tories have, in theory, lost their majority at Endeavour House.

The resignation of Suffolk County Council’s former education spokeswoman Lisa Chambers from the authority has formally robbed the ruling Conservative group at Endeavour House of its majority.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A motorist who was seriously injured in a crash on the A134 on Tuesday evening has died.

RAF Marham Tornado GR4 jets have taken part in bombing missions over Iraq.

Suffolk’s MPs are likely to provide a united front in support of the Government in any new debate on bombing Syria in the wake of the Paris atrocities.

New homes planned for Poplar Lane Sproughton.

Babergh councillors are today being urged to give permission for more than 600 homes on the edge of Ipswich – despite strong opposition from the town itself.

Undated handout photo issued by ITV of Kieron Dyer who has been revealed as one of the contestants for I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! 2015. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 10, 2015. Also among the 10-strong line-up is Diana Princess of Wales biographer Lady Colin Campbell, fashion guru Susannah Constantine, Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, TV personality Yvette Fielding, X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman and Union J's George Shelley. See PA story SHOWBIZ Celebrity. Photo credit should read: ITV/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Kieron Dyer was given a rare night of luxury after winning a stay at the Jungle Boutique Hotel, but tensions are running high in the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here camp.

Empty homes are being tackled

Nearly 780 homes have been identified as “long term empty” in the Suffolk Coastal area – but housing chiefs are confident they are getting to grips with the problem.

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