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The streets of Ipswich have appeared busier than usual over the past few days with extra shoppers enjoying the warmer weather - and the new Pigs Gone Wild statues adding to the buzz, as captured by Instagram users.

Crowds enjoyed the sunshine at Ipswich Music Day 2015 in Christchurch Park.
Stetsons are Cool got the crowd dancing.

From live music and open air cinemas to art, sport and stunt displays, Ipswich has a packed programme of family fun lined up this summer.

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Tony James and Sgt Darren Harris prepare to release a young peregrine falcon at Ipswich Waterfront

A policeman who helped rescue a peregrine falcon chick from Ipswich Waterfront was on hand to witness her re-release to her family.

Sponsors outside the Old Customs House on Ipswich Waterfront at the Pigs Gone Wild pre-launch.

Ipswich Blue, Pig ‘n’ Mix and Pepper Pig were the latest Pigs Gone Wild creations to be unmasked as the trail launch date draws ever closer.

Mums with a Mission event at Eastern Enterprise Hub.
Left to right, Kerry Jennings Hollie Mullings, Kirsty Button, Rachael Eade - Bridge, Georgia Power,  - front - George Clark

Students of the Eastern Enterprise Hub’s SSE East Back to your Future Programme are inviting mums to attend their More Than Mums event, to raise vital funds for the children and young person’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent.

Person found in water at Ipswich waterfront

The body of a man was recovered from the water at Neptune Marina in Ipswich this morning by members of the emergency services.


Catch up on some of the top stories in Suffolk and Essex from the week just gone.

The Red Arrows flypast for the Queen's 90th birthday passes over Suffolk en route to Buckingham Palace.

Some of the most distinctive British aircraft from the Second World War to the 21st century flew over The Mall today as part of events marking the Queen’s 90th birthday.

developer John Howard

New homes plan revealed for EADT and Ipswich Star newspaper offices site in heart of Ipswich.

Boris Johnson is confronted by Remain supporters at the Waterfront in Ipswich.

This week has really seen the referendum campaign come to life in Ipswich with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove coming on Tuesday and yesterday’s visit by Hilary Benn, writes political reporter Paul Geater.

Loyd Grossman, Churches Conservation Trust chairman looks at the work in St Mary at the Quay church which is being transformed in to a community space and talks with David Ellesmere, leader of Ipswich Borough Council.

Work to convert a 570-year-old church near Ipswich Waterfront into a 21st century wellbeing centre is nearing completion.

Norman Lloyd and Cllr Christopher Hudson (right) unveil Ed Sheer-Ham outside UCS for Pigs Gone Wild.

Raised in Suffolk, Ed Sheeran regularly played gigs in Ipswich during the early years of his career.

The landmark Anne Knight building in Chelmsfordf is being converted to a Grand Central American-themed restaurant

Chelmsford landmark to become new American-themed restaurant

UCS Arts and Humanities degree show, 2016,  award winners

Students honoured with awards at UCS

Shadow foreign sec Hilary Benn meets supporters in Ipswich town centre.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn has brought Labour’s campaign to get voters to stay in the EU to Ipswich town centre.

UCS Provost Richard Lister (right) joins remain campaigners on the waterfront for Boris Johnson's visit to Ipswich.

It’s not unusual for visits from politicians – especially Tory politicians – to be met by protests from the local university.

Users have been sharing photos of Suffolk on Instagram

With temperatures rising the last couple of days it looks like summer has finally reached Suffolk. We have been loving your sunny snaps from Instagram and below we share our favourites.

Boris Johnson is confronted by Remain supporters at the Waterfront in Ipswich.

Vote Leave heavyweights Boris Johnson and Michael Gove were given an animated welcome when they visited the Ipswich Waterfront today.

Aurora on the Ipswich waterfront.

An upmarket bar and restaurant on Ipswich’s Waterfront could get an outdoor bar if plans are approved.

Ipswich Maritime Event at Waterfront, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK on 16 August 2015

ABP Ipswich Port opens its offices to the public during Maritime Festival weekend - The Old Custom House from across the marina

A special weekend of entertainment - with fireworks - at Ipswich Waterfront

Developer John Howard takes Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling on a tour of the

Work to transform an unfinished concrete tower on Ipswich Waterfront into 150 “luxurious” flats should start by the end of the year, the developer has said.

The reduced fares will help parking for events at Holywells Park this summer

Weekend parking prices at the Athena Hall car park on Ipswich Waterfront have been slashed.

The Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury.

As the school holidays continue, it is another blustery day in Suffolk, with grey skies over the county.

Enjoy a family day out at the Suffolk Show

Looking for ways to entertain the family during the school holidays? Here we bring you a round up of what is on in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and elsewhere in Suffolk, and into north Essex.

Director Helen Wheatley and members of the UCS choir at rehearsals.

Singing out for a very good cause in Ipswich

Aerial shots of Ipswich Waterfront - courtesy of www.skycameast.co.uk

A deer that was trapped underneath a wooden structure near Ipswich Waterfront has been rescued.

Trail makers are needed to keep an eye on the pigs during the summer months

Friendly faces are needed to greet visitors to Ipswich this summer and ensure the interactive Pigs Gone Wild trail is a success.

Some of the PhotoEast exhibition on the Ipswich Waterfront

Celebrations were enjoyed on Ipswich waterfront as the inaugural PhotoEast Festival was officially launched.

Dave Muller speaking at the Ipswich Vision networking event hosted by the Greater Ipswich Chamber of Commerce.

Nearly 100 leaders of businesses and other organisations from in and around Ipswich have been challenged to act as ambassadors for for town.

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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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