Week in pictures: Christmas markets and international rugby players

CLACTON’s festive season got under way when Victorian Christmas markets set up in town this week.

As parents looked for unique Christmas gifts, children enjoyed a visit to Santa’s grotto while in Elveden a helicopter was used to harvest more than 100 spruce trees that will be displayed across the region this Christmas.

Hundreds of runners in Southwold were treated to glorious sunshine when they turned out for the annual Adnams 10k race last weekend, while in Needham Market 14-year-old Jordan Dean became the youngest ever solo glider pilot.

In Hadleigh firefighters were praised for averting a major disaster when three fuel tankers caught fire, threatening surrounding businesses.

Proud villagers of Cockfield this week collected their accolade for winning Suffolk Village of the Year.

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Ben Foden visited Colchester rugby players from the University of Essex and put them through their paces.

In Woodbridge Christmas came a little bit early when Santa arrived at Notcutts much to the delight of the young visitors and students from Woodbridge School sixth form have delighted audiences with their version of Moliere’s farce Tartuffe.

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Students at St Edmunds Catholic primary school remembered the former King of East Anglia with a special church service on St Edmunds day.

This week we gained a fascinating insight into landscape painter John Constable’s methods when one of his paintings came up for auction.

Frankel, the world famous racehorse retired after an illustrious career that accumulated almost 3 million in earnings from 14 victories.

In Aldeburgh, preparations for the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth gathered pace as a new archive centre was officially “topped out”.

Finally EDF energy unveiled the first details of their plans to build a new nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast at Sizewell - causing much debate about the pros and cons for Suffolk.

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