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Days Gone By

For more than 260 years generations of the Cobbold family had a great influence in Ipswich, writes David Kindred.

When it was proposed in 1836 to build an enclosed dock in Ipswich, provision had to be made to take the flow of the river past the development, writes David Kindred.

David Kindred takes a look at Ipswich before flood defences and readers memories of local bands and more.

Family life

Donovan Blake is one of the family of faces on ITV Anglia’s main news programme ‘ITV News Anglia Tonight’. He’s the Sports Correspondent and has been working with the broadcaster for the last eighteen years. Originally from Manchester, Donovan started his journalism career at Jarrold’s News Agency in Ipswich. He also worked for Suffolk County Council as a Press Officer and was Sports Editor for the Ipswich radio station SGR FM prior to joining ITV. He talks to Gina Long

Sir John Mills - Suffolk’s acting knight - was one of the greatest actors of his generation and a great east Anglian. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke reviews Sir John’s career and revisits two interviews he did with the star during the last ten years of his life.

Livi John is Sorting Out Suffolk, as she launches her new business to help us reclaim our own space. Lynne Mortimer meets the ace de-clutterer

Travel

Customers rave about these family-friendly luxury cottages in the gorgeous Devon countryside complete with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court and play area

Fresh off the back of a five bubble rating from the Good Spa Guide, Geraldine Scott paid a visit to Aqua Sana at Center Parcs Elveden to see what all the fuss was about.

Fancy a bit of late Summer sun in France – but don’t want to face a long and arduous trip with the children in tow? Then this family site in Normandy could be just the answer, as David Powles found out.

Opinion

Opinion Winning the numbers game

Yesterday, 14:56

My husband’s revelatory dream may provide the new answer to life, the universe and everything: thirty twelve (formerly 42)

The region’s rail services have taken a double whammy this week with the news that reliability fell during the middle of the year – and then we had confirmation that there would be another three-month weekend blockade of the main line to London.

There is a temptation to spend yourself broke at Christmas but take care, you could spend a long time paying for a happy Christmas.

Homes & garden

Sloped ceilings and awkward corners don’t mean you have to compromise on style in your home. We asked the experts for their advice.

Follow this step-by-step guide to creating a door wreath using on point succulent plants, which will last into the New Year.

The team at the region’s AONBs wants to encourage development in harmony with our finest countryside, and has commissioned a colour guide based on the hues and tones of the area.

Ipswich icons

Even before the Munich Crisis of 1938 preparations were being made for the possibility of another war, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society, as he looks at the history of the town’s air raid shelters.

I was given a postcard the other day with the suggestion that I researched the history of the building featured, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Granting a charter to Ipswich was a win-win situation for us and two kings, as John Norman, of The Ipswich Society, explains.

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