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Life hasn’t worked out quite as Eve Regelous planned when she was a young dance student but she and husband Peter have still got plenty of showbiz stories to share. Sheena Grant listened to a few of them.

Thomas the Tank was a favourite of Callum Maclean

It’s been a tad nostalgic in the office this week, writes Kate Dodd. A flippant mention of favourite TV as a child, and the chat turned all misty-eyed and heart felt.

Linda and Chris in their garden this month. 'We look a bit like Worzel Gummidge,' she says. Nonsense!

It’s an exotic oasis off the beaten track, is the Pegdens’ peaceful garden. Steven Russell meets a couple – and their dogs! – for whom 2015 brings a special anniversary.

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.

Harriet Doe's baby, Baby Ivory-Wood, was delivered by her mum Penny Doe. The trio are pictured with Steed Doe

As licensee at The Bell Inn in Castle Hedingham, Penny Doe is far more used to pulling pints than performing emergency midwifery.

When Harry Met Sally

Hands up all those who have seen the 1989 movie classic, When Harry Met Sally, says Martine Silkstone.

Sarah Foot loves Suffolk. 'One of the disadvantages of London is winter. Sometimes I felt I lived in a saucepan. Its grey and you dont see any of the changes.'

Sarah Foot doesn’t crave the spotlight, so the publication of her new novel brings mixed feelings. It’s lovely that people will read the story, but publicising it… well, you sense she’d rather be walking alone among the snowdrops. Steven Russell delays her

Up and coming artist Jessica Oliver with some of her work

Just a year out of university, Jessica Oliver is already causing a stir in the art world.

A young Christine and Jennifer in uniform. Photo: The Midwife’s Sister/Christine Lee

The author of Call the Midwife - Jennifer Worth - was born at Clacton-on-Sea and spent childhood holidays there before the bottom fell out of her world.

Frank in the garden

It started with a little cough in the middle of the night. “He’s got a hairball,” my wife mumbled as we tried to figure out what had woken us. We went back to sleep.

Meet experts from the world of wedding dresses including Claire Evans from Lavender and Jude,

The EADT is pleased to announce its second wedding show at Seckford Hall, taking place this Sunday, March 22 between 11am and 4pm.

Rushmere Heath, where poor Mary Lackland was executed

Was Mary Lackland truly an evil woman or the victim of a perfect storm of paranoia, sexism, grudges and a powerful elite erasing its critics? STEVEN RUSSELL hears the tragic story of The Ipswich Witch

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