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Celebrity faces we lost in 2017

PUBLISHED: 09:19 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 21 December 2017

We take a look back at the famous faces we have lost this year. Picture: STEVE PARSONS/PA WIRE

We take a look back at the famous faces we have lost this year. Picture: STEVE PARSONS/PA WIRE

We take a look back at the celebrities which have passed away in the last 12 months.

One famous face that we said goodbye to this year was Sir Bruce Forsyth.

The former The Price is Right host passed away at the age of 89 on August 18.

• Read more: Suffolk pays tribute to TV legend Sir Bruce Forsyth who has died aged 89

Sir Bruce had been ill for many months and then contracted bronchial pneumonia.

However, the twinkle in his eye that the public were so used to seeing remained throughout.

In a statement given by his family shortly after his death they said: “A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months.

“With a twinkle in his eye, he responded ‘I’ve been very, very busy... being ill!’”

On October 2, 2017 legendary US rock star Tom Petty passed away.

Mr Petty was 66 when he died after suffering a cardiac arrest in Malibu.

• Read more: Tom Petty dies aged 66

The BBC TV presenter Dan Snow has stressed the importance of preserving Suffolk’s precious history – and shared an surprising anecdote about a near-death experience in one of the county’s most famous rivers.

Rail services between Ipswich and Felixstowe are being reinstated after “slippery rails” left lines between the two towns blocked.

A pigeon cull on Ipswich Waterfront has been suspended following plans from protestors to “disrupt” the event.

A woman in her 60s has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash on the Dock Gate Roundabout in Felixstowe.

The big event may be more than nine months away - but councils and transport companies are making big plans for Ed Sheeran’s concerts in Ipswich next August Bank Holiday.

Restoring a village pub that was once John Peel’s favourite watering hole has been a labour of love for two families in Rattlesden, who couldn’t bear to see their local pub falling into a state of disrepair.

Schoolchildren joined a poignant suffragette march through Ipswich to mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote.

This was the moment a miraculous double rainbow appeared over an Ipswich school.

The Ipswich-based Volvo retailer, Donalds Garage has celebrated the opening of their new multi-million-pound showroom at Futura Park.

Suffolk and Essex are to received more than £20m extra from the government to maintain their local road network next year.

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