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Ruth Madoc in Be My Baby, at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, October 17-22

Ruth Madoc didn’t have to look too far for inspiration for her role as the steely matron with a heart of gold in the play Be My Baby. She talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage about her influential mother and her early childhood in East Anglia.

Pc Neil Smith in 2011 with his dog Willow who had just started training at Martlesham Police Headquarters

Throughout a career rich in light and shade as a Suffolk police officer, Neil Smith MBE experienced all human life. Now he has written a thought-provoking blog.

Martin Bell, who will be speaking in Halesworth on Thursday

Martin Bell has travelled a long way since leaving Suffolk as a teenager in the 1950s. The former BBC reporter and MP talks soldiering, war and politics with Sheena Grant and reveals the discomfort of coming face-to-face with his teenage self in letters written home in the 1950s.

Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton, the creator of family sitcom Outnumbered, is bringing his stand-up show to Suffolk. He told Sheena Grant about his struggles with modern life and why parents need to go easier on themselves...

Lloyd and Sue Cobbold. They married in April, 2002, at Ravenwood Hall, near Bury St Edmunds

The voicemail greeting clicks in after about half a dozen rings. “Hi. You’ve reached the Cobbolds. Please leave a message after the tone. Thank you.” Four or five seconds. That’s all.

Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan recently returned as DSI Stella Gibson and killer Paul Spector in the third series of BBC2's The Fall. But why do we love watching murder mysteries? Photo: The Fall 3 Ltd / Des Willie

We all love a good mystery, but why? With the return of The Fall to BBC2 and psychological thriller Night Must Fall heading this way, entertainment writer Wayne Savage investigates.

Enjoying a hot August day in Bourne Park, Ipswich.  Pictured Demi, Harley and Lauren

Ipswich is blessed with many fantastic parks, writes Lynne Mortimer. And today, we start a series of features looking at each one.

Lee Mead, playing the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, on October 12.

There’s no place like home West End star Lee Mead tells entertainment writer Wayne Savage; which is why he’s moved back to Southend. He talks more about his fresh start.

Dr Vanessa Loaiza at the University of Essex. 'Be kind and patient with yourself. We live in an ageing society but we also live in an ageist one, where plenty of stereotypes affect peoples stress and their feelings about themselves'

Do you, like Steven Russell, find yourself forgetting the name of the Prime Minister or where you left your glasses?

Suffolk offers many attractive scenes, 
but alongside the beauty is significant deprivation.

 PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Clare, Countess of Euston, isn’t mincing her words. “There shouldn’t be 20,000 children in Suffolk living in abject poverty. It makes my blood freeze.”

Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard plays The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Thursday, October 13

Multi-award winning singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard talks to Wayne Savage about why she feels lucky having music in her life and how she almost called it quits.

Jimmy Osmond (centre) performs at the Ipswich Regent October 13. He'll be joined at the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion on December 16 with brothers Jay and Merrill. Photo:  AP Photo/Grant Hindsley

Little Jimmy Osmond is celebrating his 50th year in showbusiness, but it almost came to an end when he suffered a stroke. He told entertainment writer Wayne Savage about valuing every second

Author Rowan Hisayo Buchanan. What I didnt have was the sort of cut-throat business sense that would say To make our business survive, we need to fire this many people. I would have sat there crying and thinking How would they feed their cat? Photo: Eric Tortora Pata

London, New York, Tokyo… Norwich. It might sound a bit Alan Partridge, but cosmopolitan author Rowan Hisayo Buchanan loves East Anglia

Aspall is supporting this year's world pickled egg championships

Pickled egg connoisseurs should crack on and get to the World Pickled Egg Championships, being held in Ipswich tomorrow.

Tony Silani from Bishop and Miller Auctioneers in Stowmarket

Stowmarket-based auctioneers, Bishop and Miller held a free Valuation Day at The Swan in Lavenham this week. Martine Silkstone took along a family heirloom to discover what it is worth…

river bistro, stowmarket

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis dines at Stowmarket’s ‘hidden gem’ The River Bistro

Gareth Gates as Willard in Footloose The Musical. Photo: David Ellis

Ready to kick off his Sunday shoes, entertainment writer Wayne Savage talks to Footloose The Musical stars Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan.

Amy’s riding the crest of a wave

Monday, October 3, 2016

When Amy Murphy moved into Hamilton Stables in Newmarket just a few weeks ago she became Britain’s youngest racehorse trainer. Sheena Grant went to meet her.

Three generations: June Jones, son Nicholas and daughter Julia, and Edith Maud and Jack Jones, at Christmas, 1958

My view, for what it’s worth, is that the Government should issue Julia Jones’s book to every household, so we all learn to understand dementia – the frustration, the exhaustion, the bewilderment and, yes, the tender moments to treasure, writes Steven Russell.

Enjoy coffee and cake on International Coffee Day.

Are you always on the hunt for the perfect Flat White or Americano? To help you celebrate International Coffee Day today (October 1), we have put together a list of some of the best independent cafés in Suffolk where you can quench your thirst for caffeine.

Stephen Dunn

If you could only listen to one playlist for the rest of your life, which ten songs would you choose? Professor Dr Stephen Dunn shares his ultimate playlist with Martine Silkstone, and explains the significance of each track in his life.

Dick Kirby

Ex-detective Dick Kirby’s new book, Laid Bare, on the unsolved murders of eight women

Elizabeth Jane Howard with first husband Sir Peter Scott.
 'I think they really were in love, but not at the same time...' says her biographer

She modelled for Vogue, endured painful times during marriages to well-known men, wrote novels that were turned into a TV series and finally found a kind of peace in Suffolk

Brenda Grunwell and her dog, Cola

Brenda Grunwell is determined to raise awareness about the rare condition that almost killed her, so that others too might live. Sheena Grant reports on a Saturday morning of near-tragedy

Philip Roberts as Thomas Seymour, at Sudeley Castle this month, with Katherine Parr, played by Rachel McNeil

This palace was more ‘bling’ than Versailles. So why don’t we all know about it?

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