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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 scene at Uncle Sam's Great American Circus in Chantry Park after the incident

Two circus performers were rushed to hospital after a horror accident in front of a packed big top tent in Ipswich.

The numbers of deaths in Suffolk has been rising this year

The number of deaths in Suffolk has increased by nearly 30% in the first quarter of this year - with experts attributing it to the baby boomer generation reaching their later years.
Some funeral services said the increase had led to a delay in booking crematoriums with waits of up to three weeks.

The annual East Bergholt Pram Race starts from the Royal Oak and visits the villages pubs

Thrilled East Bergholt residents turned out in force on Monday to see daring fundraisers dress up in their best costumes and battle in the 35th annual Pram Race.

Anglo-Saxons are at the Beerhouse in Bury St Edmunds to try a new beer which has been brewed for an upcoming event at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. Back L-R: Dave Elliott, Nigel Simms, Alister Ryde with Demeter Stone (front).

Stunned beer festival-goers looked on in amazement as a group of Anglo-Saxon warriors invaded their pub.

Haverhill High Street

A vision for Haverhill town centre will move a step
nearer this week when it is presented to cabinet members at St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Dame Sarah Storey at Bury St Edmunds SportsAid Lunch Club. Suffolk Golf and Spa Hotel, Fornham St Genevieve.

Six-times Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, has hailed the efforts of the businesses behind a sporting lunch club in Bury St Edmunds as “invaluable” in helping the development of talented athletes from Suffolk.

The LeeStock music festival at Melford Hall in Long Melford in memory of Lee Dunford. The Big Alabama on stage.

Hundreds of people have enjoyed live music this weekend at a popular festival in memory of a young musician.

The lifeboat was called to the incident

The coastguard was called to help a boat which had run aground in the River Deben earlier this evening.

Police were at the scene

The A120 in Little Bentley, Essex is closed heading westbound after a crash.

St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils have been urged to fine irresponsible dog owners for not picking up after their pets

St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils have been criticised after it was revealed neither has issued a fine for dog fouling over the last three years.

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