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Christmas gets under way in Felixstowe this weekend when thousands of people are expected to pack the town centre for the switch-on of the resort’s festive lights.

Visitors to a busy Ipswich shopping centre can enjoy unique views of the seaside thanks to a spectacular new art exhibition by a group of talented college students.

Hopes are high that Felixstowe could be in line for massive grant to help with a new £1million project to regenerate one of the most popular parts of the seafront.

Jewellery and cash were stolen in two break-ins at homes in Rushmere St Andrew.

A pair of beautiful new stained glass windows have been installed at St Felix Church in Felixstowe, following a bequest from a congregation member.

David Button will lead by example as he joins more than 400 fundraisers to brave the wintry weather on Christmas morning and run into the sea at Felixstowe.

Work is set to start next week on an £850,000 project to increase the amount of car parking in Woodbridge.

Tens of thousands of people would attend the annual open day at the USAF base at Bentwaters – a chance to get up close to the very latest military technology.

Community leaders in Felixstowe have agreed to spend £68,000 to fund an extra police officer for the town to deal with specific problems.

Flt Lt David Simmonds, 38, will be flying in the Red 3 position in the RAF team’s precision displays, using the British-built BAE Systems Hawk T1 fast-jet.

A recently-discovered First World War memorial detailing the names of East of England Co-op employees who lost their lives in the conflict has been put on display leading up to Armistice Day.

Worried villagers were given the reassurance by prisons minister Rory Stewart, who is considering housing some sex offenders at the Suffolk open prison.

Eight students at the Lindbergh Campus in Ipswich, which provides alternative education as part of the Raedwald Trust, have had their stories published in an international book as part of a short story competition.

A bishop has praised volunteers who provide invaluable support helping those in need late at night in towns across Suffolk – and is calling for more people to come forward.

Permission is set to be granted for the first work to get under way on a new 2,000-home development – agreement to build the entrance and main roads for the project.

Kate Nears, activities coordinator at Felixstowe’s Mill Lane Nursing Home, is known for her pink hair but decided to sacrifice it for a good cause.

Playwright Suzanne Hawkes’ new work Courage Calls to Courage focuses on the struggle for the vote between Emmeline Pankhurst’s Suffragettes and Millicent Fawcett’s Suffragists.

The aim was to turn the complex in Station Road into more than just pool – and now it offers users a gym, classes, indoor cycling, sauna/steam room and more.

The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, travelled to Hong Kong on behalf of the Most Rev Justin Welby, who as the Archbishop of Canterbury is the Primate of All England and the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The East of England Co-op has leased its old dairy site in Felixstowe to the town’s rescue service as part of a package of support for the local independent lifeboat charity.

A resident at Maynell House care home in Felixstowe has celebrated her 100th birthday, marking the occasion with a special party with family and friends.

Youngsters from two schools learned about the traditional spirit of harvest when they brought their gifts for those in need.

A Woodbridge school pupil won the “golden ticket” to enjoy a screening of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory at the new Film Feast Suffolk festival.

A poem written by a St Joseph’s College student Lia Taylor pleading with people to learn lessons from the Great War has won her a special trip to Germany.

Kate Nears, a member of staff at Mill Lane Nursing Home in Felixstowe, is getting ready to ‘brave the shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Support after losing her mother to the disease.

Government cash is being sought for a new £1million project to regenerate one of the most popular areas of the resort’s seafront.

The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, the most senior Church of England clergyman in Suffolk, has warned that Britain is in “serious danger” of ending up a shattered and divided nation when leaving the European Union.

Pirates are used to the water, but they would have liked a drier weekend as they came ashore for a special event at Landguard Fort.

A resort’s rat infestation is at last in decline – after the rodents started taking the bait.

Broadcaster, author, explorer and geographer Nicholas Crane will be speaking on the challenges facing Suffolk’s coastline at a conference in the county next month.

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