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Promising young footballers from Ipswich are hoping to illuminate the Waterfront with their bright orange charity tops during next month’s Christmas lantern walk.

The Anna Airy exhibition, staged by the Ipswich Art Society, and held at the University of Suffolk, is one of the highlights of the cultural calendar. Its a showcase for bright young talent and once again arts editor Andrew Clarke is dazzled by the work on display

The waterfront has played host to a number of vessels and ships over the years, but here we look back to 1982 when makeshift rafts were put to the test and raced around the docks.

Zimbabweans living in Ipswich have gathered on the town’s Waterfront to show solidarity with their homeland where citizens took to the streets to tell President Robert Mugabe to quit peacefully.

An online interiors retailer has opened its first showroom location at Suffolk Food Hall in Wherstead near Ipswich.

A Rushmere campaigner who gathered nearly 1,500 signatures in a successful petition to bring a real Christmas tree back to Ipswich town centre has said she is thrilled with the new tree.

The Christmas lights in Ipswich were switched on last night, November 16 - we asked people in the town what they thought of the switch-on.

Ipswich’s bauble Christmas tree that has divided residents in the town for several years failed to light up at the right time last night.

Hundreds got into the Christmas spirit last night as Ipswich switched on its spectacular Christmas lights.

Couldn’t make it into Ipswich to see the spectacular Christmas lights switch-on this evening? Don’t worry – you can watch it here.

Ipswich’s Christmas lights are being switched on today on the Cornhill.

Planners at Ipswich Borough Council are set to ask for a rethink of a proposal to develop a new Suffolk Record Office at the University of Suffolk, stating that parts of it do “not provide a promising setting”.

Thousands of lights and baubles were added to the long-awaited traditional Ipswich Christmas tree on Monday - we asked people in Ipswich what they thought of it.

Plans to build 44 flats on developing land near the Ipswich Waterfront are set to be given the green light this week.

Festive cheer is starting to sweep through Ipswich – and anticipation for the big day is about to reach new heights as six more real Christmas trees make their way to the town centre.

The town’s much-anticipated real Christmas tree has arrived in Ipswich.

This week’s winner comes from Janice Poulson, who has captured the still water reflections and the boats moored at Ipswich Waterfront Marina in the beautiful evening sunlight.

The controversial modern Christmas tree has completed its move from Ipswich Cornhill to the waterfront. What do you make of its new home?

An African/Caribbean market at Ipswich Waterfront on Saturday will help to celebrate Black History Month in Ipswich.

The regeneration of a grade II* listed Suffolk church has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Eastern Enterprise Hub bids for support for a new scheme to help ex-military personnel launch businesses.

A real Christmas tree is returning to Ipswich Cornhill this year. We asked people in Ipswich what they thought of the plans.

Shoppers across Ipswich have expressed their delight at the return of a traditional Christmas tree on the Cornhill this year, as a survey carried out by this newspaper has revealed that nine in 10 people are happy to see the tree return.

Details for this year’s Christmas lights switch-on in Ipswich have been unveiled – with a real tree returning to the Cornhill.

Student photographers have had their work put on display in an exhibition at Sailmakers Shopping Centre in Ipswich.

The partnership will offer a BA (Hons) Dance from September 2018 with another entry point in January 2019.

People living in the Waterfront area of Ipswich could have a new convenience store selling basic essentials when the long-awaited development of the Winerack is completed.

A plaque in memory of a leading Ipswich teacher, author, historian and church conservationist is set to be unveiled at the site of one of his last projects to recognise his contribution to the town.

A special celebration for Suffolk’s thriving BME business community with awards night at the University of Suffolk.

Elmer the elephant is set to stand proud at various locations across Ipswich in 2019 as the follow-up to last year’s Pigs Gone Wild trail. But what do the people of Ipswich think about the new theme?

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For centuries, the Ipswich Dock has played a vital role in the town’s economic success.

The docks sit on a bend in the River Orwell and have been in operation since at least the 8th century, in fact, when the wet dock area was constructed in 1842 it was the biggest enclosed dock in the UK.

The vision of the Victorian town fathers has produced a facility that is still important for commerce and now as an attraction for local people and tourists.

In 1997 the port was sold by Ipswich Ports Ltd to Associated British Ports and soon after new facilities were built, bringing about the first wave of the Waterfront regeneration.

The next wave came in 2000, when a £1.9m agribulk storage facility opened, new automated lock gates were installed and the 180-berth Ipswich Haven Marina opened – bringing the yachting fraternity to Ipswich.

The Old Custom House was refurbished and restored and new buildings began springing up along the quaysides and beyond, including The Salthouse Hotel – Ipswich’s only 4-star hotel, University Campus Suffolk, which opened in 2008, and controversial development The Mill, which is East Anglia’s tallest building.

The Jerwood DanceHouse brings an artistic touch to the Waterfront while Isaacs, The Waterfront Bistro, Aurora, The Last Anchor and Coffee Link all offer food, drink and entertainment.

There are regular events celebrating the past, present and future including the summer Maritime Festival.

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