PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 June 2019 Judy Rimmer Sliding fun at Aqua Park Suffolk - one of the ultimate days out this summer Picture: SPOTTYDOG COMMUNICATIONS Archant Looking for a great day out this summer? Here is the ultimate list of activities to try and places to go in 2019. Two participants hit the slide at Aqua Park Suffolk Picture: SPOTTYDOG COMMUNICATIONSOf course, there are also hundreds of other great choices - enough to keep you busy for many summers to come! Aqua Park Suffolk, Alton WaterThis eagerly-awaited attraction near Ipswich will be open seven days a week from Saturday, June 23. There will be 70 inflatable obstacles for visitors to tackle, together with family and friends. The floating park includes climbing walls, trampolines, slides and balance bars. This year there will be a mini-golf course and rowing boat hire, and new play areas and a campsite have recently opened. Last year the park was struck by an unexpected outbreak of blue-green … [Read more...] about Your guide to the ultimate 50 days out in Suffolk this summer
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PUBLISHED: 12:27 28 January 2019 Steve Russell Margaret Thatcher in 1983. Picture: PA PA Wire/Press Association Images 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’ Margaret Thatcher, then Education Secretary, opens Halifax Primary School in Ipswich in 1971 Picture: ARCHANTDespite detesting the Prime Minister’s voice and being left-wing, Caroline Slocock worked closely with Margaret Thatcher in the PM’s final, fated, 18 months – and cried with her when the end came. “To not accept her achievements is wrong,” she insists now.A rising star in the civil service, when she had the chance to become the Prime Minister’s private secretary (home affairs) – the first-ever female private secretary to any British Prime Minister, in fact – she couldn’t let the opportunity go begging.Caroline … [Read more...] about Can we call Margaret Thatcher a feminist? ‘I think you can’
PUBLISHED: 12:19 20 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:40 21 January 2019 Steve Russell Great days. The camera, you might say, loved Sidi Picture: SCOTT FAMILY COLLECTION Archant 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. Sidi, right, with Norman Wisdom Picture: SCOTT FAMILY COLLECTIONIt’s the Royal Variety Performance, before the Queen and The Duke Of Edinburgh. Sidi isn’t even 21 years old.Household names featured prominently in her career, which ranged from classical ballet and West End musicals to TV work and appearances in Sunday Night at the Palladium, but Sidi was never starry-eyed. These were talented folk, all doing a professional job.Later she adopted and adored Suffolk – enjoying a long association with Southwold Summer Theatre, teaching ballet to probably three generations, … [Read more...] about Tributes: Did you know Southwold dancer and actress Sidi Scott?
PUBLISHED: 14:01 23 December 2018 Steve Russell Marley's ghost, with a scared Ebenezer Scrooge. Drawn by John Leech for the original novella Picture: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Archant Story of Scrooge, ghosts and Tiny Tim is 175 years old − and still incredibly powerful The title page from the first edition Picture: WIKIMEDIA COMMONSCharles Dickens didn’t quite invent Christmas, but he certainly stamped images on the public consciousness in such a vivid way that they endure today. Much is down to A Christmas Carol, 175 years youngLouisa Price is working late – perilously close to the hour when the clanking chains of ghost Jacob Marley might be heard, should you have eaten a dodgy piece of cheese. It’s a busy time for the curator of the Charles Dickens Museum, largely because this great English writer and Christmas are joined at the hip.The London museum, one of the Dickens family’s former homes, really goes to town at this time of … [Read more...] about Scary? Heartwarming? Do you love A Christmas Carol?
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. From top left: Jenna Ackerley, Anne Beckett-Allen, Katie Bannister, Jane Basham, Dayle Bayliss, Shayra Begum, Nicola Beach, Adele Bellis and Professor Emma Bond Pictures: WENDY AIKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/EDF ENERGY/BARRY ELEY/PHILIP MYNOTT/SUFFOLK COUNTY COUCIL/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLKJenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women