The official unveiling of the new -look Beck Row village sign.

Gallery: Flying the flag for our communities - the photos behind the headlines

Friday, February 8, 2013
5.24 PM

A SIGN celebrating the close links between villagers and American servicemen was unveiled in Beck Row during a colourful week in Suffolk.

The motif featuring a Union flag next to the US Stars and Stripes has been added to the village sign. Members of Beck Row Parish Council, the British-American Committee, and RAF Mildenhall worked together to produce the sign, which was designed by a British Ministry of Defence employee.

The team at the newly-refurbished John Peel Centre for Creative Arts were celebrating this week after an “absolutely triumphant” reopening live show.

A special gig featuring five bands was held at the Stowmarket venue to mark the completion of the seven-month renovation of the former Corn Exchange.

Soldiers were put through their paces in tough conditions in a battle to crown the fittest squad member.

Airborne medics from Colchester-based 16 Medical Regiment – which provides medical support to 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army’s rapid reaction force – competed in a 150m swim and a six-mile run in full battle rig, which included a circuit of Merville Barrack’s assault course, rolling tyres and carrying full jerry cans.

An international sprinter has been helping inspire stars of the future.

Athlete Leon Baptiste, who won a gold in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games, visited Stowmarket High School where he took a challenging practical session with students and led a question and answer session.

Tractor Boys goalkeeper Scott Loach was on hand to launch Ipswich Town’s partnership with The Co-operative and the ITFC Charitable Trust this week.

Year nine pupils at Farlingaye High School, in Woodbridge, won the Dora Love Prize for their More Than Just a Number project, commemorating the Holocaust. They held assemblies with every year group and sold wristbands with a number corresponding to a Holocaust victim, who could be researched on the school intranet.

Grateful parents whose baby son was born prematurely have pledged to thank the hospital where he received specialist care by raising funds.

George’s Gooderham’s parents, Dave and Sarah, have now decided to raise money for a bereavement room at the hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, starting with a charity auction where a host of sporting collectables will be up for grabs.

An inspirational north Suffolk teenager who has battled a rare cancer and a curved spine has won a national award for her brave attitude in battling adversity.

Hannah Coffill, 14, of Carlton Colville, has been handed a Little Star award by Cancer Research UK after she was nominated by her proud mother for her bravery in facing cancer.

Meanwhile, a talented youngster has taken her love of books one step further, by penning her own tale for people to read.

Hannah Crawford, 12, of Rushmere St Andrew, spent months dreaming up mythical creatures and lands for her first book, The Fight For Light. The story, which was inspired by the youngster’s adventures with her pony, Brandy, comes complete with her own illustrations, as they battle against numerous foes together.

Worshippers in Bramford are basking in a warm glow after a new boiler was fitted in their church, nearly two years after the original one stopped working. The shivering 30-strong congregation of St Mary the Virgin Church were forced to meet in a different building during the winter months as the mercury dipped well below freezing and snow fell across the county.

Year seven students from Alde Valley High School in Leiston joined thousands of other youngsters from around the country to celebrate National Libraries Day. They were taking part in “Parallel Universes” – an attempt to break the world record for the most people writing a story.

Youngsters from Woodbridge School have been performing Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Seckford Theatre. The students from years 10 and 11 staged two productions on Wednesday and Thursday evening this week, much to the delight of audiences.