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Is Landguard Fort haunted?

Video: Suffolk’s rich history of folklore and mystery brought to life in time for Halloween festivities

Captivating stories of green children appearing in Woolpit and mysterious sightings of a solitary soldier at Landguard Fort have been made into a series of films as part of a new bid to draw tourists to Suffolk.

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Alastair Whatley, Tom Hackney, Paul Westwood, in Three Men In A Boat at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Three Men In A Boat, by Jerome K Jerome, adapted by Craig Gilbert, Original Theatre Company, New Wolsey Theatre, until Oct 25

Craig Gilbert’s adaptation of Jerome K Jerome’s classic comedic novel is a pleasant, if mad cap, way of spending an evening at the theatre. What could go wrong? Three high spirited and argumentative young blades meet at The Elusive Pelican public house in 1898 and after some laborious preamble decide to embark on a boating holiday on the river Thames. J (Jerome himself), Harris and George (Alastair Whatley, Tom Hackney and Paul Westwood respectively) are admirably supported by the Pelican’s pianist Nelly, played by Anna Westlake who proved that less is more. She did not have a single speaking line but her performance was a delight and ‘Nelly’ was instrumental in the funniest incident of the night.

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Queen Elizabeth I, played by Elsie Bennett, is the subject of Red Rose Chain's Progress, being staged in February. Photo: Bill Jackson

Ipswich: New theatre, new season for Red Rose Chain - shows revealed

“We’ve kicked things off ambitiously haven’t we,” laughs Red Rose Chain producer David Newborn as we talk about the company’s debut season at its new theatre The Avenue.

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Jarvis Cocker of Pulp. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Stowmarket: Pulp star, Jarvis Cocker, visits John Peel Centre to record BBC Radio 4 Extra programme

BBC broadcaster Jarvis Cocker has visited the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts to mark the 10th anniversary of the legendary DJ’s death.

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X-Factor contestant Ten Senah

X Factor: Bad song choices led to demise of Stephanie and Chloe, says Ipswich girl Ten Senah

“I questioned my sight and my hearing this weekend when Stephanie and Chloe got sent home”, said former X Factor contestant Ten Senah.

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A movie still from the film The Maze Runner.

Film of the week reviewed: The Maze Runner (12A)

Based on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is a testosterone-fuelled survival thriller cast from the same robust mould as The Hunger Games and Divergent.

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Entertainment writer, blogger and film reviewer for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star. Follow me on Twitter @WhatsonWayne


The late Lynda Bellingham, who starred in Calendar Girls at the Ipswich Regent

What’s on Wayne: Remembering Lynda Bellingham

Unfortunately, one in three of us will have cancer Lynda Bellingham told me in 2011 as we chatted about her visit to the Ipswich Regent with Calendar Girls.

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