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Gallery: The stars shine bright on Suffolk - the photos that made the headlines

16:30 15 February 2013

Linzie Barton gets her head shaved for charity at The Bull, Woodbridge, with the help of Claire Fitzpatrick

Linzie Barton gets her head shaved for charity at The Bull, Woodbridge, with the help of Claire Fitzpatrick

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Hundreds of guests packed into Shelley’s Restaurant at Suffolk New College, in Ipswich, on Friday night as the heart-warming and inspirational tales of charity champions, unsung heroes and sporting greats were told.

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Teenager Rhys Joseland picked up the young person of the year award and the overall Stars of Suffolk award, for his selfless actions in rescuing a woman who was being attacked in her home.

Meanwhile, a Suffolk schools new musical production promised to transport audiences back to a time of big hair and neon leg warmers. Pupils from Alde Valley School made their debut appearance at Leiston Film Theatre this week with the Neil Gooding musical Back to the 80s... The Totally Awesome Musical!

Another school is celebrating after its teachers, students and governors were praised in an Ofsted inspection.

Stowmarket Middle School received a good report which highlighted the improved teaching and the strategies to develop pupils skills in literacy and numeracy.

Four blood donors have been recognised for their regular donations, after reaching significant milestones. Between them Molly Buckingham, of Beccles, Myrtle Haken, of Halesworth, Sue Hardy, from Frostenden, and Jonathan Vander-Molen, from Halesworth, have potentially saved up to 975 lives by giving blood regularly.

Kind-hearted Linzie Barton, from Hollesley, near Woodbridge, has taken a bold step all in the name of charity. The 23-year-old recently had her hair shaved off in aid of Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ipswich Town footballers Tommy Smith, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Andy Drury and Lee Martin have visited the St Elizabeth Hospice to pledge their support for The Midnight Walk and to encourage more gents to sign up. In less than 100 days, scores of people will take to the streets of Ipswich to show their support for the hospice and it will also be the first time men can take part.

At Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft, students and staff showed their support for the British Heart Foundation by marking the start of National Heart Month by donning red football shirts, hats, scarves and stripy T-shirts. Teacher Jeraldine Poole even wore a red Wheres Wally?-style outfit.

A major campaign to attract more tourists to Suffolk was launched on Tuesday at the countys newly-established embassy in central London.

Actually, the embassy was the Adnams Kitchen and Cellar Store in Bloomsbury, where the Curious County initiative was officially unveiled to the media, local authority representatives, and tourism businesses. Curious County is a digital marketing campaign which uses platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to promote the quirky aspects of Suffolk.

A fundraising school has donated more than 6,000 to a charity which helps save womens lives. Ipswich High School for Girls presented a cheque for 6,374 to the Eve Appeal East Anglia, which raises funds and awareness of the five gynaecological cancers.

The 1st Acton & Waldingfield Cub Scouts spent a chilly morning at the RSPBs wildlife garden in Flatford. Assisted by warden Shirley Boyle, they undertook tasks including planting 100 native shrubs and trees donated by the Woodland Trust, transplanting wildflower seedlings into pots, spreading horse manure on to flowerbeds and helping to make traditional sheep hurdles to house a compost area.

Audiences were transported back to 1950s New York this week at a high school production of the West End smash Guys and Dolls. In full period costume and against a backdrop of the citys notorious gambling scene, a cast of 45 students from Hadleigh High delivered sell out shows this week,

Pupils have been polishing their robot outfits and practising their Shakespearean lines as they prepare for a very colourful and different school play. More than 70 senior students and staff members at Orwell Park School, in Ipswich, will put on their Return to the Forbidden Planet show.

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The A1092 through Clare was closed following the accident.

A cyclist who died following a road traffic collision in Clare on Sunday has been named as Sean Hickey from Connaught Road, Haverhill.

Ipswich Town Hall.

District councils in Suffolk and north Essex spent more than £20million on redundancy packages over a five-year period, with some departing staff receiving six-figure payouts, an investigation has found.

Mike and Natalie Gee are upset and worried at having to pay £13,000 for the council to make modifications to their home in Ipswich. Natalie has recently become paraplegic after a spinal injury and is in a wheelchair.

“I just want to be a mummy again” – that is the message from an Ipswich woman who was told she would never walk again by doctors.

County Hall, Chelmsford.

An Essex education chief has warned the government to “think carefully” about plans to force all schools to become academies – as figures revealed County Hall could lose more than £1billion in land assets if the proposals go ahead.

Pupils and students, outside Bealings Primary School, whowere due to strike today.

Schoolchildren across Suffolk are “on strike” in protest at controversial tests for six and seven-year-olds.

The new Ipswich police headquarters from insurance company offices in Civic Drive in July 1968

In the summer of 1968 the Ipswich Police Station moved from under the Town Hall to a new building at the junction of Civic Drive and Elm Street. 
Last June work started to demolish this landmark building and the site is now being converted to a temporary surface car park.

The Middy in the war years event at Mid Suffolk Light Railway at Wetheringsett.

A large number of visitors attended a Suffolk heritage railway’s annual 1940s event during the Bank Holiday weekend.

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