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Robert ‘Bob’ Carter witnessed atomic bomb tests in the Pacific, rode the Middle East oil boom of the 1970s and even drove to Iran

Former Northgate teacher John Eaton has died. He spent more than 35 years at the Ipswich school – teaching geography and advising on careers as well as higher and further education opportunities.

It’s half term and that means only one thing in theatre land - auditoriums packed with over-excited children for family-friendly shows.

New tenants are being sought for The Golden Lion Hotel bar and restaurant, next to the Cornhill in the heart of Ipswich.

This month it’s 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash aged just 22. Our arts editor takes a look back at other stars we lost before their time, from Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston.

Feeling lonely or want to expand your friendship circle but, as an adult, you don’t know where to begin? The newly launched Make Friends Club is the ideal solution, working to beat the loneliness epidemic and help women make friendships that fit.

Rachel Clare had a real-life family tragedy she wanted to tell people about, and dreamed of writing a novel. Then a holiday in East Anglia provided the spark to make it happen.

Records broken. History made. A pioneer of new fishing techniques that saved tons of fuel. Yes, Jumbo Long has truly earned his place in the story of Lowestoft’s fishing industry

Julie Hinton is in no doubt. “What my mum went through as a child was horrific. Horrific,” she says.

Summer might feel like a way off, but places on the country’s fastest-growing youth programme are booking up already. We caught up with teens who had taken part to hear what it’s all about.

‘I love writing strong women characters,’ says Essex novelist, back with her sixth book

Iris Button’s first novel was published in 2003. After marrying her husband David in 1959, they needed bigger premises for their business, so they moved from Surrey to Bury St Edmunds, which they called home for 50 years. After having two daughters and a son, they are now great grandparents, retired in Barbados. Iris has written 17 books. She talks to Gina Long MBE

They were married for more than 72 years and died less than three weeks apart, in their 90s. ‘They really were an exceptional couple’

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Ipswich charity Let’s Talk Reading is targeting disadvantaged areas of Ipswich after it was estimated that 8,000 adults in the town lack basic reading skills.

Taking a customer-centred, jargon-free approach, Fairhurst Menuhin has established itself as a trusted local law firm

Jake Nicholls began riding a motorbike at just three years old, taking part in his first race on his 6th birthday, which he went on to win. Up until the age of 16, Jake raced Junior Motocross Bikes before turning professional. He was just 17 when he competed in his first World Championship. Sadly, an injury caused Jake to retire from the World Championship Scene in 2017. His highlights were being placed 4th in the World Championship 2012 and reaching the podium at the British Grand Prix. Last year Jake joined his father, Suffolk businessman Guy Nicholls, at Tru7 Group, where he is Operations Manager. Jake competes in the British Motocross Championship and loves living in Suffolk. He talks to Gina Long MBE

I cried with the Prime Minister when the end came, says civil servant Caroline Slocock. ‘I felt a tremendous empathy for her... It really touched my heart’

Celebrity crushes and a lunch date with Bradley ‘Josh Lyman’ Whitford

“Daddy,” asks your child, during a stroll. “What’s that tree called?” “Ah,” you fib shamelessly, “that’s rowan.” (Or magnolia. Or London plane. Or another tree picked at random.)

What a night! November, 1954, and dancer Sidonie Darrell is on stage with a galaxy of stars: Bob Hope and Noël Coward, Norman Wisdom, Max Bygraves, Joan Sims, Frankie Howerd and Peter Sellers.

Many celebrities have favoured The Aldeburgh Bookshop. The ‘trend’ was started by Benjamin Britten. Records show the last thing he bought was probably a diary. Sadly, he probably never used it: the composer died weeks before New Year.

‘With a hiss and a pfizz it shot off like a rat up a drainpipe...’ Do you recall the sights and sounds in ‘Ipswich: Memories of a Special Town’?

Paul Beamish is the owner of two Suffolk based businesses, Ravenwood Packaging, a world leader in environmental labelling systems and Krazy Horse, the octane fuelled motorcycle and car destination dealership in Bury St Edmunds.Paul runs the Indian Motorcycle Uk flat track team and has worked with Guy Martin on a number of his Channel 4 Speed programmes. He lives with his wife Becky and two cats just outside Bury St Edmunds. He talks to Gina Long

Sex, scandal and sensational headlines have always proved a potent combination to storytellers both in print and on film. We take a look at Hugh Jackman’s new film The Front Runner and find unexpected links with the John Profumo movie Scandal

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