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Teacher inspired many of his pupils, including Steve Coogan, who gave credit to the former priest in his autobiography

Festival season will soon be upon us. All ready line-ups for the big summer events are being announced and as ever Suffolk is leading the way when it comes to celebrating culture in all its diversity.

Suffolk enjoyed remarkable success at the annual Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships, with both Ruby Vinton and Ben Peck tasting victory in the under-13 races on an unforgettable day at Loughborough last Saturday.

Three men have been charged in connection with drugs offences in Lowestoft.

East Anglia is wonderful, of course - but is there an aspect of life in the area which you would consign to Room 101?

After much hard graft, the librarian's debut novel is coming out. It's for young readers and billed as 'Scooby Doo high-jinks meet Casper in Gotham City'

Ipswich Town's Under 23s beat Burnley 2-0 to move seven points clear at the top of the league. Andy Warren was there.

Colchester United are unbeaten in four matches, with two wins and two draws, but they can afford no let-up against improving Swindon Town today.

A total of 16 people sleeping rough in Suffolk died over the last five years, according to new figures from the government - with seven of those deaths in Ipswich.

Ipswich Town head to Norwich on Sunday looking for their first win over the Canaries since 2009. ANDY WARREN looks at the big questions ahead of the game.

In this week's column, Mike Bacon takes a look at the FA Cup and the demise of the replay... The demise of the FA Cup?

Three Liverpool FC legends will appear on stage in Bury St Edmunds later this year for an evening of stories and anecdotes about the Reds.

Ruby Vinton produced a terrific sprint finish to retain her under-13 girls' title at the South of England Cross Country Championships, which were staged at the notoriously tough Parliament Hill Fields on Hampstead Heath in north-west London on Saturday.

A new rail freight service connecting the Port of Felixstowe with the Birch Coppice terminal in the Midlands has been launched by GB Railfreight.

Ipswich are through to a cup final for the second year running as the Senior Men upset London Greenhouse Pioneers on Sunday to advance to the Patrons Cup Final, writes Rob Schatten.

What was the best Beatles era, the lovable mop-top fab four of the early 60s or the long-haired, moustached experimental musicians of the late 60s? Andrew Clarke and Judy Rimmer come together to disagree

The late Beatles were great - but don't overlook their early work! Here's a tribute to the early singles and albums.

Heybridge Swifts suffered only their second league defeat last weekend, under manager Julian Dicks, since the ex-Birmingham, West Ham and Liverpool full-back was appointed to the Scraley Road hot-seat in early October.

Marlene Lever worked at Sudbury's North Street Woolies for 27 years. Then the company collapsed. When Marlene went, she took her locker with her...

An uninsured drug-driver handed himself into police two months after failing to show up at court to be convicted.

From Spitting Image to Crossroads via impressions of some of the biggest names in TV, Kate Robbins has been a mainstay of the small screen but now - after some time in the celebrity jungle with daughter Emily Atack - she's heading to Norwich.

IN his latest column, Mike Bacon takes a look at Town's FA Cup tie at Accrington and reflects on the bravery of motorsport competitors.

Campaigners are expected to protest against rising rail fares as many commuters return to work from the Christmas holidays.

What were the biggest TV moments of 2018? We look at the last six months of the year and discover why 2018 was big for the Dyer family, which unusual guests appeared on Bargain Hunt and how the BBC and ITV had a Brexit row of their own.

In this week's Bacon's Bites, Mike Bacon takes a look at the on-going racism debate in football. And why head injuries in sport are a concern, but should some sports be banned?

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert is keen to add some Championship experience to his relegation-battling squad as soon as possible in January. In part one of this feature, STUART WATSON looks at some midfielders who fit the bill.

With its peeling paintwork and clunky suspension, Ella Wilkinson's battered Mazda 3 was not a picture of health but she loved it all the more for that but had to resort to a hammer when she locked herself out!

Rail passengers hoping to make a weekend rail trip to London from East Anglia at the beginning of 2019 are facing three more months of disruption and replacement bus journeys.

The Suffolk duo of John (Jack) Millar and Emily Moyes both featured in medal-winning squads at the European Cross Country Championships, staged at Tilburg in Netherlands today.

Ipswich Town were undone by a goal in either half at Stoke as the gap to safety grew following their fourth-straight defeat.

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