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There have been boats built in Ipswich for many hundreds of years - sailboats and working boats and barges, and all many of maritime craft.

Having sold her house in Salisbury Road and moved into a newly-converted two-bedroomed flat in Ipswich town centre. former council leader Liz Harsant is loving in the heart of the town.

Today the potential routes for the northern bypass - taking traffic away from Ipswich town centre - have been revealed but it could take at least 15 years for any work on a new road to start.

Warnings of life-threatening floods are in place in Suffolk tonight as coastal communities prepare for high tides.

Proposals to build new bridges across the River Orwell near Ipswich wet dock have prompted an objection from the organisation representing users of the historic Waterfront.

Its days of taking pride of place in the heart of the town centre may be over, but the future for Ipswich’s artificial Christmas tree still looks merry and bright.

Whether you’re looking forward to Latitude 2017 or just some of the great opportunities to try out Suffolk food and drink, there are plenty of great events happening in the county (and its neighbours) this year.

Robert and Deborah Scott are taking on the household names in cosmetics and beauty.

Former minister turned television personality Michael Portillo steams into Suffolk and north Essex in the latest of his Great British Railway Journeys.

For five years it has been the subject of great criticism and debate. But love it or hate it, the artificial festive tree in Ipswich has seen its last Christmas in the heart of the town centre.

Gallery: Instagram throws the spotlight on Ipswich

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Everyday offers a new opportunity for photo-enthusiasts in Ipswich and here we share some of their efforts.

The crowds turned out to support the Saints Winter Beer Festival, and New Year’s Eve Hootenany at St Peter’s By the Waterfront.

Ipswich furniture designer and maker Tim Germain is working his magic, with natural wood.

As people return to work today after the long Christmas/New Year holiday, town centre businesses will be reflecting on busy festive period – and preparing for the lean months to come.

The new year has brought a flurry of new arrivals to families in Suffolk and Essex – including the region’s first twins of 2017.

We must have been a God-fearing lot back in the middle of the 19th Century; the churches were full, people queued outside and there was standing room only, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Ipswich furniture designer and maker Tim Germain is keeping a tradition alive - and making furniture from natural wood.

More than 30 beers will be on offer at the first Saints Winter Festival & New Year Hootenany opening tomorrow - Friday, December 30.

Young entrepreneurs, businesses and academics across Suffolk are being urged to make the most of a new £5.5million facility which aims to become a hub for technology firms and promote innovative projects.

Looking for somewhere to see in 2017? Here we list some of the best New Year’s Eve parties taking place in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Bury St Edmunds from fine dining experiences to lively club nights with guest DJs.

The Stoke Bridge area - a main approach to Ipswich Waterfront - is dark and dangerous for pedestrians at night.

Ipswich Waterfront restaurant building - close to Isaacs, The Bistro on the Quay and The Salthouse Harbour Hotel - is sold at auction.

Pupils from Rose Hill Primary School, Ipswich are presenting an exhibition of their work at the University of Suffolk.

One of the best-known restaurants in Ipswich has been put up for sale by its owner Greene King.

DanceEast is hosting a family-friendly production of Pinocchio during the run-up to Christmas. 
Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to choreographer Jasmin Vardimon and production manager Ed Yetton about getting the show up and running

Question marks have been raised over whether plans for the closure of the Orwell Bridge during high winds are fit for purpose, after a contingency plan revealed the impact it would have on Ipswich’s roads.

Not a seat was unoccupied at an Ipswich church turned arts venue for a community choir’s annual Christmas concert.

Two significant new developments are likely to get the go-ahead from Ipswich Borough Council’s planning committee next week.

The Christmas season is crucial to all town centre businesses – and the independents in Ipswich’s St Peter’s Street and St Nicholas Street are hoping for a bumper month.

Christchurch Mansion, Fore Street Swimming Pool and the Town Hall are just a handful of Ipswich’s prestigious buildings set to be opened up for filming as part of the Screen Suffolk deal under latest plans by town bosses.

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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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