Photographic memories

Douglas Garnett  watches as commander in chief Sir Claude Auchinlech inspects men of 25 Mountain regiment Royal Indian Army at Hlegu in Burma in 1945

Douglas Garnett escaped death in Burma, earned the Military Cross for exemplary bravery but remained modest about his heroic actions

The war in Europe might have ended in May, 1945, but the violence continued in the Far East for more than three months. On the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, we hear the stories of some of the men who fought so very far from home.

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Number 6 St Helen's Street (Scissors and Needles) is probably the oldest building in the street, dated 1636 on a lintel above the first floor window. Trade has been carried out from the front room of this building for 400 years.

Ipswich Icons: Is this Ipswich’s oldest shop?

There is no better place to start a walk along St Helen’s Street than under “Major Convenience”, the public sculpture that enlivens the public toilets at Major’s Corner.

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Crowds in Fore Street, Ipswich, for the Queens 1961 visit. The buildings in the left foreground opposite Grimwade Street  have been replaced by flats. Do you recognise anybody in the picture?

Kindred Spirits: Do you remember when Fore Street was restored for Queen’s visit to Ipswich in 1961?

The Queen’s arrival in Ipswich in 1961 marked the first official visit by a reigning monarch for four centuries.

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Holywells House

The wraps will soon be coming off one of Ipswich’s re-polished historic treasures - Holywell’s Park

If your knowledge about the Cobbold dynasty and its long-lost mansion has grown a bit hazy, Steven Russell has just the book for you.

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