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We take a look back at Professor Stephen Hawking’s visits to East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 10:50 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 14 March 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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It was announced this morning that Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, we take a look at his visits to Suffolk.

Professor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference . CEO Helen Fairweather walks in with Professor Stephen Hawking to greet his fans. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference . CEO Helen Fairweather walks in with Professor Stephen Hawking to greet his fans. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Read more: ‘An extraordinary man whose legacy will live on’ – Professor Stephen Hawking dies at 76

Professor Stephen Hawking visiting Kesgrave Community Centre in 2016. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking visiting Kesgrave Community Centre in 2016. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The scientific genius visited the region several times - his most recent visit was in October 2016 when he gave an inspiring talk to Headway Suffolk’s Neuro Conference at BT Adastral Park and then Kesgrave Community Centre.

During his talk he spoke about his own experience with dealing with Moto neuron disease (MND) and how the positives in life have kept him going.

Can you spot anyone you know at the conference? Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCan you spot anyone you know at the conference? Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

In 2012, the scientist visited Felixstowe and enjoyed some lunch at the Regal Fish Bar and Restaurant.

Read more: Stephen Hawking’s day-out at the Suffolk seaside

Professor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One year later, Professor Hawking surprised the Royal Air Force Lakenheath with a visit and he had his picture taken with members of the 48th Security Forces Squadron.

CEO  of Headway Suffolk Helen Fairweather. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCEO of Headway Suffolk Helen Fairweather. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Can you spot anyone you know at the conference? Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCan you spot anyone you know at the conference? Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking, University of Cambridge professor and best-selling author, to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Dec. 29, 2013. From left to right: Master Sgt. Patrick Robison, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Vass, Staff Sgt. Joshua Angus, Staff Sgt. Greggory Swarz, Tech. Sgt. Christopher Palmer and Staff Sgt. Blake Parrish. Picture: RAF SQN. LDR.JERRY NEILD.Professor Stephen Hawking, University of Cambridge professor and best-selling author, to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Dec. 29, 2013. From left to right: Master Sgt. Patrick Robison, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Vass, Staff Sgt. Joshua Angus, Staff Sgt. Greggory Swarz, Tech. Sgt. Christopher Palmer and Staff Sgt. Blake Parrish. Picture: RAF SQN. LDR.JERRY NEILD.

Scientist Stephen Hawking enjoys a day out at the seaside, including a meal at the Regal Fish Bar in Sea Road, Felixstowe. Pictured here with restaurant staff member Jamie Airey.Scientist Stephen Hawking enjoys a day out at the seaside, including a meal at the Regal Fish Bar in Sea Road, Felixstowe. Pictured here with restaurant staff member Jamie Airey.

Two people have been killed in a collision on a road near Newmarket.

Fears have been raised that Suffolk may have a systemic problem with how children’s homes are run after a third establishment was given a poor Ofsted rating in the last 10 weeks.

Jennifer Pearson from Felixstowe claims she had dog mess shoved through her letter box, her tyres slashed, and even had people spit at her – leaving her youngest daughter in tears.

Sixteen people were rescued from rising water after four cars and a bus got stuck in high tide on The Strood crossing at Mersea Island.

A community close to the Essex Suffolk border has been left shocked and saddened following the death of a pedestrian.

The heart of two communities shone through as well-wishers - including an MP - rushed to help people injured in two serious falls.

Suffolk may have enjoyed an almost frost-free winter so far, but the big freeze descended on one town this weekend and so did scores of visitors enticed by the ice.

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