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John Elwes lived a frugal life at Stoke College, eating stale bread and mouldy meat

John Elwes went to bed when it grew dark so he didn’t have to pay for candles, and ate little more than stale bread and mouldy meat

Nigel Havers

Star of stage and screen Nigel Havers thas spoken of his love for Suffolk as he prepared for his latest show at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

July 1976 and children keep cool in the sea off Minsmere in north Suffolk

We headed for the seaside and dreamed of ice-cream on tap. But it all got a bit serious, too, with panic-buying and warnings of drought

Late July, 1976. 'Only months earlier, I would have been wading through the mere on one of our regular school runs. In this photo, it looks more like a desert.' Photo: Brian Smith

Cooling off in the North Sea after a long, hot day at work, a ‘desert’ in Framlingham - and a witticism from a Radio One DJ. Those are Terry Hunt’s random memories from the summer of ’76.

Commando: full of tales of derring-do from the dark days of World War II

Dad used to bring home lots of out-of-date comics, like Beano, Topper and Hotspur.

Paul Geater in 1976. 'I remember learning to sail on a lake in Germany. Ive never sailed since. Ive always regretted that a bit'

For a couple of hours, early and late, I picked fruit. I earned enough over the summer to buy a cassette recorder!

Abba enjoyed UK number-one hits in 1976, including Dancing Queen

Auntie Vi would always prepare wonderful homemade sausage rolls and bring peaches, especially for me

Two girls cool off in the Trafalgar Square fountain in London. Photo:. PA

My total wardrobe of one pair of jeans, three T-shirts, one bra and assorted knickers is not faring well when perspiration drenches clothes in minutes

IP Resident food and drink supplement - Locanda di Parma. St Peter's Street, Ipswich. Left to right, Giorgia Nardecchia, Antonella Bertolazzi, Marco Bardetti, Christian Bosi and Luca Bardetti.

A new restaurant in Ipswich is hoping to bring a touch of regional Italian flair to the town’s food scene.

Who does most of the housework in your house and would that change if your spouse was out of work? The findings of a study at the University of Essex may surprise you (or not). Sheena Grant reports.

David Bowie. (Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

If you could only listen to one playlist for the rest of your life, which songs would you choose? Mark Cordell, Chief Executive of the Business Improvement District in Bury St Edmunds, tells Martine Silkstone which tracks would make it onto his Ultimate Playlist, and explains their significance in his life.

Kieron Ruddy is lighting up his house for the Brendan Oakes Trust. Kieron with his son Jayden.

A Hadleigh man is appealing for good-willed local people to help him with his second year of fundraising.

An early appearance for Mildenhall U9s football team for Tom Youngs. Photo: TOM YOUNGS

It was a trip to the optician that signalled the end of Tom Youngs’ rollercoaster career as a footballer… and heralded the beginning of something much more scary than a game with a ball.

Ouch. The metal holding together Kes Gray's pelvis following his bike crash does indeed look like a cycle chain

Colchester’s Kes Gray has written a book with Mo Farah. Run round the universe, run on the spot, run out of puff, and do the Mobot...

James Henry's novel Blackwater

The question: if executives turned your book into a TV series, who would you like to see playing your main character? Tom Hiddleston?

Rex at Helmingham, by Alan Baldry

Suffolk people love their four-legged friends.

Bob Hart (second left) pictured at the Crown in Snape in 1973, just after he  had made his first-ever record at the age of  81, with members of the East Suffolk Country Band.

Almost 40 years after his death, the story and songs of an ordinary Suffolk man who lived an extraordinary life is about to be told to a new generation of folk music fans. Sheena Grant reports on a man who sang with beauty and power.

'At the end of the journey he helped her with her bags and took her to a taxi, and insisted on giving her some money for the journey to the hospital, because she was going to get the Tube'

He saw she was looking a little bit upset and started to ask if she was all right, and bought her a cup of tea

Sir Alf Ramsey launches Floral Ipswich in May, 1986

His role was to visit building sites and talk with construction workers on any issues concerning them. The staff loved meeting Sir Alf

Jim Last, when he was a soldier

His dad was a dustman and a straw and hay dealer, and Alf was determined to change his way of life, I suppose

Ipswich Town fan Arthur Harvey. He travelled back from London with Sir Alf Ramsey in 1966

Everybody thought he stayed up there, but he didn’t – at least twice! He liked his bed, I reckon!

Barclays Bank's branch in Meredith Road, Ipswich, pictured in 1974. Photo: Barclays Group Archives

I don’t think anybody really talked to him. If they did, he just gave them his very enigmatic smile

Sir Alf Ramsey in his sparse Portman Road office

I knew who he was, he didn’t know me at all, but he always said hello and good morning/afternoon

The statue of Sir Alf Ramsey is unveiled outside the Ipswich Town stadium in August, 2000, by Lady Ramsey

Strangely enough, it was very rare to engage Sir Alf in conversation regarding football

Frank Shepherd was in the same hospital ward as Sir Alf Ramsey, and joked they'd played headers

I was 25 and, much to my embarrassment, had no idea who the man in the opposite bed was

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