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Student chefs working at the Colchester Institute's Balkerne Restaurant

It is not often you get to go out for a great meal and do something useful at the same time – but with a trip to the Balkerne Restaurant you can achieve both of these things.

A signature dish at The Galley, Ugur's Fabulous Turkish Lamb Stew

“I guess we’re not just a fashion”, shrugs off Turkish restauranteur Ugur Vata when asked about his 21 years in the business.

family life

Claire Parker in The Big Painting Challenge. Photo: BBC/Dan Prince

The moment of truth looms for Claire Parker – the youngest finalist in the BBC’s Big Painting Challenge. She tells Steven Russell about the year that’s made her stronger… and being mistaken for a cartoon character

Charles on the campaign trail

The trouble with Charles Michell’s book, a ‘jumble of thoughts for dipping into’, is that it reminds you how mundane your own life has been. STEVEN RUSSELL reads it, and vows to have more fun from now on

Author Kate Worsley at Harwich.

Six books with the flavour of East Anglia running through them like sticks of seaside rock have been announced as the finalists in the 2015 New Angle Prize for Literature.


Bramfield walk, Richard Tyson

Richard Tyson follows newly-open routes on farmland around Bramfield

Copford walk, Lotte Sherman

Lotte Sherman takes in the ever-changing landscape around Britain’s oldest recorded town

A mill, water meadows and a river

Monday, March 9, 2015
Honington walk, Chris Barker

Chris Barker follows a route with some fascinating landmarks and points of interest


A sign embedded in our imaginations since childhood

With the Oscars awarded tonight, Andrea Powell says it seems fitting this week to write about her stay in Hollywood.

Natalie Sadler and her family try out the artificially created snow in Hemel Hempstead

For weeks I have been praying for snow. Real snow.

The foot spa at Aqua Sana

It is on the doorstep but feels a world away from the stresses of everyday life. Lauren Everitt took time out to enjoy the ultimate luxury on a relaxing spa weekend at Center Parcs in Elveden.


Abbie Hunter

I may be a dog, but some believe I could have been a Queen!

From The Archives East

Southwold Schoolchildren with their decorated eggs

March 1978

More events featured in photographs have been remembered by our readers

From The Archives East

Leiston High School pupils win Business award 
February 1988

Do the pictures in our gallery bring back any memories for you?

health & beauty

Gemma Mitchell tries her hand at Suffolk Roller Derby.

The last time I was on roller skates it was 1998, I was wearing dungarees paired with a Sonic the Hedgehog T-shirt and my hair was in bunches.

Fiona Mortimer-Wood

Complementary medicine may not appeal to everyone but it changed Fiona Mortimer-Wood’s life, she tells Ellen Widdup.

Steve Backshall

Fresh from the Strictly ballroom, TV naturalist, real-life action man and mums’ favourite Steve Backshall is preparing to take part in an endurance race in aid of a Suffolk-based charity. He told Sheena Grant why.

Suffolk's most active town winner - Kesgrave

Kesgrave has been crowned the ‘most active’ town in Suffolk.

homes & garden

North Wing, Onehouse Hall

Onehouse Hall is in an enviable, elevated rural setting, surrounded by stunning grounds and undulating countryside.

Bacton Manor

There has been a manor house in the heart of the mid Suffolk village of Bacton for centuries.

New apartments in the Bartlet building, Felixstowe.

The Bartlet in Felixstowe is a landmark building overlooking the promenade and sea.

Hedgeways, Middleton, Sudbury

This attractive, semi-detached period cottage is in a wonderful setting in the village of Middleton, near Sudbury.

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