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Days Gone By

Student protests, a famous East Anglian derby match at Portman Road and giants on the Cornhill all feature in this week’s Throwback Thursday from February 1998.

Royal visits always attract a huge crowd, and that proved no different when Princess Alexandra visited Ipswich Hospital in 1979.

Sea Road, Felixstowe was built during the Victorian period and more buildings were added during the Edwardian era, as the town expanded along towards Landguard Point.

Family life

Lin Bensley tells the story of one of East Anglia’s greatest novelists - Harold W ‘Jack’ Freeman - and why we should rediscover his work.

Known best perhaps for playing Brookside’s Lindsey Corkhill, Claire Sweeney’s causing just as much trouble as bridezilla Irene in the classic musical Crazy For You, at the Ipswich Regent from Tuesday.

There’s a great deal of power in an act of kindness.

Travel

Following the announcement that a luxury cruise ship will be stopping at Great Yarmouth later this year, we’ve decided to take a look at the top things to do in the seaside town.

There is much more to Munich than just football and beer but it is in fact overflowing with history, gorgeous architecture and delicious cuisine.

Club La Santa, Lanzarote is an on-the-go volcanic-isle fitness oasis for those who are after a holiday that’s not all about lying on a beach and soaking up the sun.

Opinion

In case you’ve missed my columns of the last few weeks, I’m in favour of the changes that are currently under way at the Cornhill in Ipswich – and I feel many of the critics are misinformed and should have raised their objections years ago.

If you are in the Valentine’s Day dog house there are a few ways to remedy the situation... but you need to act fast

Homes & garden

Feeling squeezed at home? Topology designers Athina Bluff and Amy Brandhorst share their top space-enhancing hacks.

Valentine’s Day - great gifts for gardening types

Horticultural students are thrilled after they were awarded £50,000 worth of support from a foundation set up in memory of a celebrated Suffolk plantsman.

Ipswich icons

Many of you will remember the café in Fore Street, on the corner of the passageway alongside Mellonie & Goulder’s Coal Yard. Number 92 Fore Street was for a while known as Fore Snax.

Thomas Slade was appointed as overseer during the building of The Hampshire, a 50-gun vessel for the Navy – the contract for the construction having been let to John Barnard of Ipswich.

It will come as no surprise that the population of Ipswich has grown consistently but irregularly since the Saxons arrived in the 7th Century.

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