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Gallery: Putting the final preparations to the Perfect Christmas in Suffolk and Essex

PUBLISHED: 13:53 14 December 2012

Jack and  the Beanstalk, Mercury Theatre, Colchester from the 7th of December until 12th of January 2013. 
Simple Simon, played by Dale Superville, Lady Mia, played by Emily Bull and Jack played by Jai Vethamony in the panto, Jack and the beanstalk at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Mercury Theatre, Colchester from the 7th of December until 12th of January 2013. Simple Simon, played by Dale Superville, Lady Mia, played by Emily Bull and Jack played by Jai Vethamony in the panto, Jack and the beanstalk at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

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IT is the most magical time of year, and this week there has been an extra sparkle sprinkled over the region.

In Colchester, the curtain went up on The Mercury Theatre’s annual panto. This year audience’s are enjoying the spectacle that is Jack and The Beanstalk.

Father Christmas has been checking his list after speaking with children at Denny’s in Bury St Edmunds and in Ipswich, shoppers snapped up bargains at the Fore Street Christmas market.

Footballers took a trip to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice, as well as other medical centres across Suffolk, to spread some festive cheer.

Scouts in Stowmarket have shown they are prepared for Christmas by launching their annual post service.

Tree festivals have also taken place around the region, celebrating the iconic Christmas tree.

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Witnesses to a crash in an Ipswich retail park, which has left an eight-year-old girl in hospital, are being asked to come forward.

A coroner has expressed concern that staff at a Suffolk holiday park are yet to be health and safety trained – more than 12 months after a girl drowned there.

Ed Sheeran will compete against friend Stormzy for this year’s Mercury Prize.

A mental health unit run by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) has been awarded a prestigious accreditation.

A woman in her 70s has spoken of her “shock” after an alleged assault saw her knocked to the ground in the high street of a Suffolk town.

A Bury St Edmunds man has appeared in court after being charged in connection with two burglary incidents in the town within four days.

A group of travellers who had set up an unlawful camp on the West End Road car park in Ipswich have now moved on to the Bramford Lane Recreation ground in the north west of town.

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