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Bee Kemball, Suffolk Show director, with marketing manager Brigit Parker and Phillip Ainsworth, CEO. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Logistics boss Bee Kemball speaks to Sarah Chambers about the preparations for her first of three years in charge of the Suffolk Show after taking over the role from Bill Baker.

Homegrown East Anglian talent: L-R Cary Grant, Ed Sheeran and Myleene Klass.

The stars weren’t always stars, and our region has played its part in shaping the careers of some of the most famous performers in this country and internationally. Take a look at 10 of the stars who began their road to fame in East Anglia.

The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

When Alexander O’Neal hit the Ipswich Regent last night it was definitely Hearsay - in fact, 30 years of Hearsay.

Oddsocks Productions stage the Jungle Book. Photo: Contributed

Rudyard Kipling’s book was given the Oddsocks Treatment and it was fantastic to see what they could do with some instruments, small jungle set and five people; transporting the audience into the heat of the Indian jungle for fun and laughter.

Letters to Windsor House. Photo: Contributed

From political comedy, gothic horror and open gardens to classic thrillers, music and fairs there’s lots on in Suffolk and Essex over the weekend.

Frederic Gershom Parkington is being honoured by the BBC

BBC Radio Suffolk has launched a campaign to find a local music hero in the county to honour with a special blue plaque for this year’s BBC Music Day.

Singer Anastacia shares the story of what really happened behind the scenes of Strictly Come Dancing the night she ended up in the dreaded dance-off. Photo: Contributed

Singer Anastacia heads to Ipswich this June. She talks about almost quitting Strictly Come Dancing and how the show helped make her feel like a woman again after breast cancer surgery.

Music student Albert Dela Cerna, who has taken on the mantle of organising a live music event for local bands in Ipswich after reading about the complaints of the young Labour group about lack of music in town. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A 16-year-old music student at Suffolk New College has been inspired to organise a music event for young bands in Ipswich in response to a petition for new modern venues in the town – and is urging others to “just get up and do it”.

The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

When Alexander O’Neal hit the Ipswich Regent last night it was definitely Hearsay - in fact, 30 years of Hearsay.

Who will be taking home the Oscar statues in 2017? Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Has La La Land got it in the bag or will a lesser fancied film scoop it to the big prize of the best picture Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards?

Grounded Movement's Temujin Gill will be leading the Lindy Hop workshop at Ipswich Jazz Festival. Picture: Temujin Gill

The full line-up for the return of the Ipswich Jazz Festival has been announced – with a mix of live music, workshops, dance and film set for the summer spectacular weekend.

Michael Andre is at Bowmans this weekend

Peter Andre’s DJ brother has a massive following, especially in Essex; so don’t be surprised if you see some familar faces from TV’s The Only Way Is Essex supporting him at his gig at Bowmans on Saturday night.

Ed Sheeran is performing for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Picture: GREG WILLIAMS

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran is 26 today and he is celebrating his birthday by releasing another track from his forthcoming album.

Puppets from the satirical ITV series Spitting Image on exhibition at Norwich Art School in 1985. Photo: Archant

The week marks 21 years since satirical puppet show Spitting Image ended and satire is all the worse for it.

Archie Abbott, 8, face to face with one of the huge spiders from Mirkwood at West Stow's Ring Quest. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

School children in Suffolk return to class on Monday but before they do there is still time to enjoy a theatre show, cinema treat or museum trip in this weekend.

Neil Farrow, organiser of the Ipswich Gin Festival

Organisers behind the locally-organised Ipswich Gin Festival have unveiled more details of its inaugural event – with Christchurch Mansion confirmed as the spectacular backdrop.

Lipstick on Your Collar

From music, theatre and comedy to kung fu, dancing and geology there’s lots on in Suffolk and Essex over the weekend.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical the Olivier-winning comedy is staging both an evening version and a family matinee version of the show at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.   CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Showstopper!: The Improvised Musical, the Olivier-winning show which wowed both London’s West End and the Edinburgh Fringe, is arriving at the New Wolsey Theatre this weekend and is looking for lots of audience participation.

John Cleese and Andrew Sachs in Fawlty Towers

John Cleese is a comedy god. A founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, creator of Basil Fawlty and an integral part of such groundbreaking comedy series as I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again and The Frost Report, you would expect him to be basking in the sun on some comedy equivalent of Mount Olympus consuming ambrosia off the belly of a woodland nymph.

The One cheerleading team preparing to perform at Portman Road in Ipswich

A cheerleading team from One sixth form in Ipswich are eyeing a TV performance later this year having made waves in the first auditions for a well-known TV show.

James Braybrooke, DJ at Unit 17 in Ipswich, is in the final of a national contest. Picture: The Deltic Group

An Ipswich DJ who started spinning the decks at school parties when he was just 11 is in the running for a national award.

Local rock guitarist, Colin Moore (65) from Great Ashfield, was diagnosed with throat cancer in October 2014.  Now 'Move More West Suffolk', an exercise programme, based at Bury Physiotherapy Clinic and  Anna Clayton, Macmillan Physiotherapist at Bury Physio, has helped him to recover his strength, confidence and voice to get back on stage in Suffolk.

Being diagnosed with throat cancer left Suffolk singer and rock guitarist Colin Moore feeling like his passion was over. He talks to Matt Reason about rediscovering his strength and getting back on the Suffolk stage through the power of exercise.

The team behind the Who to Follow project. Picture: Suffolk County Council

A new interactive drama production is to be toured around Ipswich schools this autumn in a bid to empower young people to make positive choices around illegal drugs.

Comedian Russell Howard. Photo: David Venni

Honestly, I’m a bit confused. I thought this gig was a work in progress, a warm-up for Round The World, his largest tour yet. It felt more like the tour had already started.

Real animals at Ipswich Museum. Children get up close to fluffy, scaly or creepy crawly creatures in this family-friendly show. Pictured is Niamh Sparrow. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich Museum was transformed into a marvellous menagerie of creatures on today, as the animal invasion event returned for half term.

FolkEast music and art festival at Glemham Hall. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Organisers of two Suffolk festivals, celebrating live folk and roots music, have announced the first of this year’s acts.

Valentine's Day diners are being urged to check food hygiene ratings (stock image)

Valentine’s Day diners in east Suffolk are being advised to “look before you book” and check a business’s food hygiene rating before deciding where to take their date.

The night sky provides hours of free entertainment. 
Picture: James Hilder/PA

The natural world is the friend of the thrifty, writes Sheena Grant as she continues her endeavour to life a less costly existence.

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