Gallery: The worst storm in a decade causes chaos and the winner of Ipswich Has Got Talent is revealed - the week in pictures

Fallen tree in Beatrice Avenue Felixstowe

Fallen tree in Beatrice Avenue Felixstowe

Our weekly look back at the pictures behind the headlines

A huge clean-up operation has been under way this week after the worst storm to hit parts of Suffolk in more than a decade caused widespread disruption. East Anglia was battered by gale-force winds of up to 80mp, leaving in its wake scenes of devastation.

This year’s Ipswich Has Got Talent competition saw a clutch of talented singers, dancers and even a 46-strong choir take to the stage of the Regent to battle it out for first place. The winner was 19-year-old Leah Godbold, whose heartbreaking rendition of With You from Ghost: the Musical won over the panel of judges.

People from across Suffolk came together at Ipswich Town Hall to celebrate tDiwali. The event was organised by the Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association to celebrate the Hindu festival of light.

A balloon artist in Suffolk uncovered his latest creation – a seven foot-cyclops! The sculpture was created by Samuel Stamp-Dod and has been handed over to staff at the EACH Treehouse in Ipswich.

In Ipswich this year’s Poppy Appeal was launched with a short ceremony on the steps of the town hall led by mayor Hamil Clarke before members of the Royal British Legion marched to the Tower Ramparts shopping centre where a temporary shop has been opened selling poppies and other fundraising items.

The pumpkin competition at Gainsborough Labour and Social Club in Ipswich saw a number of groups and individuals bring in their own pumpkins for the show. There were several categories in the competition, which was raising funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), including heaviest pumpkin and best decorated.

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And our readers sent us photos of their own carvings.

Pupils and staff at Holbrook Academy turned up to their lessons in an array of weird and wonderful outfits to raise funds for an African charity.

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