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Comedian and political activist Kate Smurthwaite. She says it's 2016 and theres absolutely no reason why panel shows cant have 50% women on all the time.  Photo: Jon Cartwright

Entertainment writer Wayne Savage talks to Bury St Edmunds raised stand-up, writer and political activist Kate Smurthwaite about the lack of female comedians on TV and the power of laughter.

Entrants set off in last year's Rotary Club of Felixstowe fun run on the resort's seafront.

After a warm and fairly dry weekend, Bank Holiday Monday is set to get off to a dry start in Suffolk but turn wet and blowy by the afternoon.

Joe Stilgoe, headlining this year's Ipswich School Festival of Music. Photo: Prasanna Puwanarajah

Hailed Britain’s very own Harry Connick Jr, Joe Stilgoe makes a welcome return to the Ipswich School Festival of Music this year.

Medieval Mayhem at Framlingham Castle. Photo: Nigel Wallace-Iles

From medieval mayhem and country shows to classic vehicles and hip hop, there’s lots to enjoy this long weekend. F

Keith Sadler at his home in Stowmarket.

A singer-songwriter from Suffolk whose life turned in a different direction due to health problems has released an album.

Nearly 14,000 people flocked to the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion during the first three months of its re-opening. Photo: Su Anderson

The new owners of Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion are celebrating after it was revealed thousands have flocked to see shows at the recently re-opened venue.

The Mid and West Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal. Father and son, Kevin and Alan Havelock with their root cutter.

An annual show returns to Suffolk this weekend.

Catherine Tate as Nan, one of many popular characters she's bringing to the Ipswich Regent this November.

Award-winning comedian and actor Catherine Tate is bring her live tour to the Ipswich Regent this autumn.

Gamer Dan TDM prepares for date at Ipswich Regent

YouTube personality ‘Dan TDM’ (Dan Middleton) has sold out two shows at The Ipswich Regent within days of going on sale.

Volunteers and participants from Headway dress up at the Ipswich May Day Festival in Alexandra Park last year.

Organisers have promised to deliver a day of fun for the whole family at this year’s Ipswich May Day Festival.

Big Girls Don't Cry at the Ipswich Regent

The critically acclaimed stage show featuring the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has been working it’s way back to you across the UK.

Jonny Fines as Rooster, Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan and Djalenga Scott as Lily in Annie. Photo: Paul Coltas

Performing to a full house on Monday’s opening night, the cast of Annie beamed a ray of sunshine down on their audience.

Red Arrows at Clacton Airshow

A twin engine turboprop monoplane which last appeared at an Essex air show four years ago is making a comeback.

The Electric Palace  in Harwich - Chris Strachan

Harwich’s Electric Palace Theatre has been given the all-clear to show an unclassified film in a rare move by Tendring District Council.

Ranulph Fiennes one of the speakers at  BooksEast, the new literary festival being held in Ipswich in May

Suffolk gets a new books festival this summer which aims to bring the excitement of words, ideas and storytelling to the widest group of people possible.

Abimaro Gunnell in Orla and the Sun, part of this year's Storm of Stories festival

Myth, legend, folk and fairy tales will be brought to life at Wonderful Beast’s third Storm of Stories festival. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage found out more.

Gary Avis in front of Christchurch Mansion

Ipswich-born Royal Ballet star Gary Avis is realising a life-long dream by bringing a full-scale gala performance to his home town this autumn.

Mara Galeazzi & Gary Avis in Onegin 

Onegin, The Royal Ballet
The Royal Opera House
Choreography, John Cranko
Music, Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Designs, Jurgen Rose
Lighting, Steen Bjarke

Royal Ballet star Gary Avis is fulfilling a life-long ambition by bringing an international gala event to his Suffolk home town.

The Bangladeshi Support Centre Pita Festival held at the Suffolk New College main hall on Sunday

Food-lovers came out in force to sample a range of Bangladeshi delicacies at the annual Pita Festival on Sunday.

Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan in Annie, which runs from April 25-30 at the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Paul Coltas

Annie and Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage about roles for older women, trying to find something likeable about Miss Hannigan - and why playing the villain is always more fun.

The St George's Day Bike Show at the Bell Inn, Kesgrave.

The 2016 bikers’ season roared into life yesterday with the first major event on the calendar in Kesgrave.

Ruth Purchase, Jack Stephenson (centre) and Stephen Hicklin with the exhibition of wood engraving prints by the late Linda Holmes at the Ephemeral Gallery, in Saxmundham, with proceeds from sales contributing to repair Cratfield church roof after lead thives struck

Captivating narrative scenes printed from wood engravings by a Suffolk artist have gone on display at a Saxmundham gallery.

A Harley Davidson gleems in the light at the St George's Day Bike Show held at the Bell Inn, Kesgrave, last year.

Ipswich Witches fans will get a chance to meet their favourite riders this weekend, as members of the team will be on hand at the annual St George’s Day Charity Bike Meet.

Rolls-Royce Alpine Centenary Ghost at the 20 Ghost Club Alpine Trials, Stelvio Pass. Italy. 20 June 2013, part of Kersey Mill's first Drive It Day organised by Bob and Marie Gathercote. photo: James Lipman

From theatre performance to to bird watching and fairs to exhibitions, here is what’s going on in East Anglia this weekend.

Prince in performance August, 12 1986.

Rock and pop star Prince has died at his home in Minneapolis, according to his publicist.

Singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner

It had been seven years since I had last seen Newton Faulkner in Ipswich, when he was touring his second album Rebuilt By Humans.

Ed Sheeran, who has broken into the Sunday Times Rich List Music Millionaires Top 50. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Suffolk’s homegrown superstar Ed Sheeran has broken into another chart – this time as one of the richest musicians in Britain and Ireland.

Tally-Ho Trotters, the Pigs Gone Wild mascot, visits Christchurch Mansion.

Christchurch Mansion played host to an unusual visitor this week as the Pigs Gone Wild mascot took a snout around the artworks on display.

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