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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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A planning inquiry into proposals to build 300 homes in Kesgrave has stalled after it was ruled that a key report on housing needs in Suffolk was needed for a fair decision to be made.

New university rankings revealed today show the University of Essex has climbed nine places while the University of Suffolk has appeared on the list for the first time.

Crew members from the lifeboat station in West Mersea battled for five hours this afternoon to save a wooden boat from sinking off the coast of Burnham-on-Crouch.

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Children’s wards in East Anglia are being offered a state-of-the-art cinema room as part of Finite Solutions Cine-makeover campaign.

A mum from Woodbridge finished in the top 200 of runners taking part in this year’s Marathon des Sables.

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