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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.

• Share you Christmas celebrations by uploading photos, and video, to suffolk.iwitness24.co.uk. • For Christmas events and church services, visit our Perfect Christmas pages.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Kebab fans will be excited to hear a new fast food outlet that prides itself on making top quality versions of the takeaway staple is opening in Ipswich soon.

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

Firefighters were sent to tackle a blaze that broke out in a flat in Ipswich this afternoon.

Colchester MP Will Quince has described a knife attack in the town that left a teenager seriously hurt as “deeply alarming”.

The shocking prevalence of rape in Ipswich has been uncovered in an EADT and Star investigation.

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