Writer Julian Tennyson found Stowmarket 'rather dull', and Aldeburgh 'a far more pleasant place fifteen years ago'.

Who is The Lady in White, what happened to the wife threatened by highwaymen, and was a church haunted?

Back in the day (before Netflix, Alexa and YouTube) it was THE social highlight of the summer

He defied a Puritan crackdown and kept the spirit of Christmas alive

How much were houses in Ipswich? (You'll cry.) Who topped the pop charts? Was festive TV rubbish?

She risked her skin smuggling people out of occupied Belgium. So why don't we remember her?

Our writer thinks the 'tradition' of giving secret gifts has had its day and needs to be scrapped.

Researchers recently declared 1978 the worst year on record for happiness...but perhaps Ipswich bucked the trend? The town and surrounding area often wore a sunny smile as wide as the River Orwell. Steve Russell finds reasons to be cheerful.

Alan Cocksedge was our Sudbury chief reporter for 36 years. He 'showed a straight bat to hit cancer for six for as long as possible'

Browned off by almost-constant grey skies? Here are a few ideas for getting away and recharging your batteries

Ipswich woman Sylvia, 93, was born 'over Stoke' and later lived on Maidenhall and Chantry

He cheated death twice during the war, when his ships were sunk in enemy attacks

Roads on new Bloor Homes estate by A12 being named after soldiers

Tony Whatling, who has died at 94, opened in 1951. He'd even be there on Christmas Day, in case folk had forgotten anything vital

John, who has died at 86, was the driving force behind Suffolk's first winter dome. He turned a warehouse into a racquet centre, too. And ran a meat firm

Find out where the author set her story, and in which church she 'spent this amazing four or five minutes with Satan!'

Thrill-seekers gather outside the long-empty Great White Horse hotel in Ipswich. Will they all be going home?

Gladys had a lucky escape in 1958 when US jet fighter crashed near Ipswich

There's the Millennium Green, shops with character, and plenty more. Have we missed your favourite things?

Harry was shot down while fighting the Nazis over Europe. Later, the businessman brought a huge number of jobs to Hadleigh

Father found daughter with her throat cut. Rose Harsent's killer escaped justice

Comic shop staff cast their votes. Have they got it right? Who has missed out?

But she admits: 'The knitting of something that touches the genitals and breasts seems such an intimate act that I cannot imagine making a costume for even the closest friend'

Exhibition about iconic Hadleigh shop Partridges highlights loads of fascinating facts about the past, including a murder and highway robbery

Jean worked as a maid, and then the head teacher's cook, at a boarding school near Ipswich. A 'very special' lady

Cole's has been making them for 80 years. Here are some Christmas puddings past and present. What's your favourite?

Snapshot of a vanished 'powerhouse where people lived cheek by jowl next to their place of work' and led dignified, uncomplicated lives

Biddy's a descendant of the Pretty family, which ran the huge Ipswich corset-making factory behind Debenhams. Do you remember it?

'Bury would not be the wonderful town it is if the abbey church was still with us, because we would be a city equivalent to Durham or York' says author

We've got Needham Lake and The Regal cinema and theatre. Can you think of others?

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