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Ipswich at War

This year marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day, on May 8 we will commemorate the end of the conflict in Europe.

Across the UK more than 100 VE day beacons will be lit, including one in Suffolk, to symbolise the sacrifice a whole generation made.

Here we retell stirring tales of bravery from the frontline and highlighting the terrifying moments that those back home endured, worrying about their loved ones as they listened for the far-off rumble of guns from mainland Europe.

Last year, we marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict that cost around 10 million lives and changed forever the lives of those who experienced it at home or on the battlefields of Europe, and readers shared their family war stories.

If you have a story to tell, contact feature writer Steven Russell today.

War stories

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Extraordinary photos of a cycling batallion which patrolled the coastline during the First World War are set to go up for auction.

From the silent, black and white films of the fledgling film industry to the blockbusters of the current day, Aldeburgh Cinema has been entertaining audiences for a century.

It may have played a pivotal role in saving lives and fighting oppression - but for many people, the crucial contribution a Suffolk airfield made to world history is barely a distant memory. But now, a vision has been unveiled to ensure the contribution of this Second World War American airbase is visible for all to see - not just from the ground, but from the air.

It commemorates the life of a prominent former lord of the manor.

The owner of one of Suffolk's most spectacular stately homes claims it could reopen as a Hilton - despite facing concerns it was becoming a "blot on the landscape".

An Ipswich hero who battled through raging fires to save workers trapped in a blaze during the First World War has been commemorated with a blue plaque in his home town.

Next year will mark 75 years since VE Day and, in the run up to that anniversary, we remember those celebrations and reflect on the consequences of the Second World War.

Most haunted airfields are derelict, overgrown and deserted - but the ghosts that walk amongst the living at RAF Honington do so on a very active base. From the famous smoking ghost to a gibbet casting its curse over the centuries, the Suffolk base is a paranormal hotspot.

Visitors to the Mid Suffolk Light Railway will be able to go back to its wartime heyday over the Bank Holiday weekend.

From joy and laughter to fear and frights, cinemas play host to a vast array of emotions.

Colchester Mayor Peter Chillingworth has officially unveiled a plaque recording the town's claim to fame as the epicentre of Britain's most destructive earthquake in 1884.

A new scheme will honour the memory of those who gave their lives fighting for their country during the First World War.

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