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Ed Sheeran trail – 9 places to visit in Suffolk linked to the singer

If you're going to Ed Sheeran's gigs in Ipswich this summer, you can also explore a Suffolk trail devoted to the star. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images

If you’re going to Ed Sheeran’s gigs in Ipswich this summer, you can also explore a Suffolk trail devoted to the star. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images

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If you are heading to Ed Sheeran’s concerts in Ipswich in August, we’ve drawn up a Suffolk trail of nine “Perfect” places to visit which have links with the superstar.

Christchurch Mansion will be hosting 'Made in Suffolk', an exhibition about Ed Sheeran. L-R Emma Roodhouse, Henry and Barry Chevallier-Guild, Cllr Carol Jones, Mayor Jane Riley, James Steward, Brad Jones, Jane Wadman Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChristchurch Mansion will be hosting ‘Made in Suffolk’, an exhibition about Ed Sheeran. L-R Emma Roodhouse, Henry and Barry Chevallier-Guild, Cllr Carol Jones, Mayor Jane Riley, James Steward, Brad Jones, Jane Wadman Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Christchurch Mansion and Christchurch Park: A great place to start the trail. The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition will run for nine months in the mansion from August 20 until spring 2020. It will feature photos and personal items portraying the journey from Ed’s school life in Suffolk to international stardom.

The exhibition, organised by Ipswich Borough Council, opens just days before the singer-songwriter’s four homecoming concerts at the climax of his world tour. Ed played at Ipswich Music Day in Christchurch Park in 2009 and 2010, and there are videos of him performing there on YouTube. Since 2013, the event has included an Ed Sheeran stage, named in his honour. This year’s event is on July 7, but, even if you aren’t around then, there is plenty to see in the park.

Read more – ‘Intimate’ exhibition to tell Ed’s Suffolk story

Framlingham Castle appears at the end of Ed Sheeran's Castle on the Hill video. Picture: Ed SheeranFramlingham Castle appears at the end of Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill video. Picture: Ed Sheeran

Framlingham Castle: The most instantly recognisable spot associated with Ed, the castle featured in his video The Castle on the Hill, along with other Suffolk scenes including Boyton Marshes, Felixstowe and Mildenhall Stadium.

Visitor numbers soared in the wake of the release of the song, described by Ed as a “love song for Suffolk”, at the start of 2017,

The castle invested in a couple of cardboard cut-out Eds to give him a presence.

Ed Sheeran, aged 15, performing at Moon fest, organised by the Moon and Mushroom Inn, Swilland, Suffolk, on August 27, 2006 Picture: John SheeranEd Sheeran, aged 15, performing at Moon fest, organised by the Moon and Mushroom Inn, Swilland, Suffolk, on August 27, 2006 Picture: John Sheeran

The historic building is run by English Heritage, and after paying the admission charge you can tour round the site, including its famous wall walk. There is exhibition space where you can find out more about the castle’s history.

The Moon and Mushroom Inn, Swilland: This country inn is where it all began – as the pub says Ed’s very first gig was performed there, back in 2006! The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition will include a photograph of the 15-year-old Ed performing on a truck at Moon fest, organised by the pub, watched by a single toddler.

Ed’s father, John, who has curated the exhibition, says this is one of his favourite photos of Ed performing in his teenage years. Ed also posted the image on Instagram to promote the exhibition.

Ed performed at a secret gig at The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, in 2014 Picture: Lucy TaylorEd performed at a secret gig at The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, in 2014 Picture: Lucy Taylor

If you visit the Moon and Mushroom, it is known as a food pub, and you can sit and relax in its patio areas.

Steamboat Tavern, New Cut West, Ipswich: The iconic pub has long been known for its live music. Ed played there before he became a global superstar, and returned in 2014 to play an intimate secret acoustic gig, with the location only being revealed at the last minute. The set was only half an hour long, and just 50 pairs of tickets were available. Ed said at the time: “Playing this venue for me, I feel very comfortable here. I’ve played it a bunch of times.”

The pub has recently undergone a full-scale renovation and has plenty of gigs, so visitors are likely to be able to enjoy some music – even if they sadly won’t be likely to catch another secret gig!

The Swan in King Street, Ipswich,hosted gigs by a pre-fame Ed Sheeran. Sadly it is currently closed. Photo: Jason NobleThe Swan in King Street, Ipswich,hosted gigs by a pre-fame Ed Sheeran. Sadly it is currently closed. Photo: Jason Noble

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The Swan, King Street, Ipswich: This historic pub, sadly now closed, was another Ipswich town centre venue for Ed, and is well worth visiting on your pilgrimage. He can be seen in old YouTube footage performing original versions of his hit songs ‘The A-Team’ and ‘You Need Me’ in the pub in 2010. The gig ended up being taken out onto the pavement outside, with a small band of fans following as he performed more songs.

Former pub McGinty's, now The Halbert. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFormer pub McGinty’s, now The Halbert. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Swan, which has also hosted other famous names such as Mumford and Sons and Slaves, closed last year, and is currently being marketed by Everard Cole.

So, for any Ed Sheeran fans who want to run their own pub linked to the superstar, this could be an option!

The Halberd (formerly McGinty’s), Northgate Street, Ipswich: This is another of the music venues around the area where the young Ed played while he was making his name.

Ed Sheeran's UCS graduation ceremony. Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWNEd Sheeran’s UCS graduation ceremony. Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

He headlined a gig in McGinty’s music venue The Blue Room when he was only 17, early in 2009, as a favour to a friend.

Now rebranded as The Halberd – a return to its former name – the historic pub has regular live entertainment including open mic and karaoke nights, so you could perform at the same pub where Ed once took the stage!

Ipswich Town Hall: Ed took the stage here in 2015 for a rather different reason from usual, as he was awarded an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk, now the University of Suffolk.

Ed Sheeran is a fan of The Hot Sausage Company in Ipswich town centre. Picture: ARCHANTEd Sheeran is a fan of The Hot Sausage Company in Ipswich town centre. Picture: ARCHANT

The honorary degree recognised his outstanding contribution to music, and he addressed the 108 graduates, watched by his parents, John and Imogen.

The town hall is one of the most iconic buildings in Ipswich, and marked its 150th birthday last year. Many events and exhibitions are held at the town hall and Corn Exchange over the year, and you can also enjoy a cuppa in the Coffee Cat cafe there.

The Hot Sausage Company, Cornhill, Ipswich: If you want to try one of Ed’s favourite foods, he recommended the hot dog stand in Ipswich in a promo video on Instagram last year.

Inci Korkmaz, Director of Framlingham Fish Bar, with her cousin outside the shop, after Ed Sheeran praised it on Instagram. Picture: RACHEL EDGEInci Korkmaz, Director of Framlingham Fish Bar, with her cousin outside the shop, after Ed Sheeran praised it on Instagram. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

He said: “If you go to Ipswich on a Saturday, on the main high street there’s a hot dog man that grills these huge frankfurters – now that’s a hot dog.”

The hot dog company just celebrated 30 years of trading on the Cornhill and having sold more than a million sausages, by giving away 1,000 sausages – though sadly the freebies are now all gone and eaten!

Framlingham Fish Bar, College Road: Another of Ed’s favourite Suffolk eateries which you can visit is the fish and chip shop in the town where he grew up. Ed took to Instagram earlier this year to show his love for the fish and chips, describing it as “as amazing as ever”. The post was liked more than 500,000 times by people from around the world!

Tributes to Bungay cyclist, 74, who died after HGV collision

Sheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes family

Sheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes family

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A cyclist died yards from her home in a collision with a lorry as she made her way back with shopping.

Sheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes familySheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes family

Sheila Holmes, 74, passed away outside her St John’s Road home, in Bungay, on Tuesday, May 28 shortly before 3pm, with police and an air ambulance attending the scene.

In a family statement, her children Tracey, Julian, Karen and Trudi said she was the hub of the family and would be deeply missed by all.

They said: “Her interests and various jobs made her widely known and recognisable around the town. She was the lady with the dogs, the lady on the bike, the lady who sells plants from her front garden for charity, the lady who would do a little sewing job for you.

“Throughout her life, she would help anyone, sometimes for years at a time.

Sheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes familySheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes family

“She visited her widowed neighbour, doing shopping and helping with medicines. She helped her brother look after his children, having them before and after school and cooking their evening meal.

“She visited her great aunt daily as she declined in health and later did the same for her own mum, biking over to Earsham in all weathers to do so. Eventually, she took her into her own home for as long as she was able to look after her.”

The family praised the “incredibly sympathetic response” from the Bungay community to their mother’s death saying it has been “a huge support and comfort to us all.”

The 74-year-old grew up in Earsham but had lived at her Bungay home for 50 years.

She had worked at All Hallows Hospital, the Natwest bank, nurseries, the Tally Ho pub, the Three Tuns Hotel, Bungay Textiles and, more recently, Wightman’s of Bungay.

She is also a grandmother to Emma, Vicki, Louise and Ben, as well as a great-grandmother to Luke.

The family statement said: “She was a homemaker and her interests were simple: Gardening, with an encylopaedic knowledge of all plants; her dogs, cat and budgies, and the wild birds and creatures which visited her garden; and good old fashioned home baking, knitting and sewing.”

The lorry driver, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been released from police custody.

Anyone who witnessed the collision should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101, quoting reference CAD 188 of May 28.

'She was recognisable around town': Family's heartache at death of cyclist, 74, after HGV collision

Sheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes family

Sheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes family

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A cyclist died yards from her home in a collision with a lorry as she made her way back with shopping.

Sheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes familySheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes family

Sheila Holmes, 74, passed away outside her St John’s Road home, in Bungay, on Tuesday, May 28 shortly before 3pm, with police and an air ambulance attending the scene.

In a family statement, her children Tracey, Julian, Karen and Trudi said she was the hub of the family and would be deeply missed by all.

They said: “Her interests and various jobs made her widely known and recognisable around the town. She was the lady with the dogs, the lady on the bike, the lady who sells plants from her front garden for charity, the lady who would do a little sewing job for you.

“Throughout her life, she would help anyone, sometimes for years at a time.

Sheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes familySheila Holmes. PHOTO: Courtesy of Holmes family

“She visited her widowed neighbour, doing shopping and helping with medicines. She helped her brother look after his children, having them before and after school and cooking their evening meal.

“She visited her great aunt daily as she declined in health and later did the same for her own mum, biking over to Earsham in all weathers to do so. Eventually, she took her into her own home for as long as she was able to look after her.”

The family praised the “incredibly sympathetic response” from the Bungay community to their mother’s death saying it has been “a huge support and comfort to us all.”

The 74-year-old grew up in Earsham but had lived at her Bungay home for 50 years.

She had worked at All Hallows Hospital, the Natwest bank, nurseries, the Tally Ho pub, the Three Tuns Hotel, Bungay Textiles and, more recently, Wightman’s of Bungay.

She is also a grandmother to Emma, Vicki, Louise and Ben, as well as a great-grandmother to Luke.

The family statement said: “She was a homemaker and her interests were simple: Gardening, with an encylopaedic knowledge of all plants; her dogs, cat and budgies, and the wild birds and creatures which visited her garden; and good old fashioned home baking, knitting and sewing.”

The lorry driver, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been released from police custody.

Anyone who witnessed the collision should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101, quoting reference CAD 188 of May 28.

Audi seized on A11 at Elveden, near Thetford

The Audi estate car seized on the A11 at Elveden. Picture: NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK ROADS AND ARMED POLICING TEAM

The Audi estate car seized on the A11 at Elveden. Picture: NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK ROADS AND ARMED POLICING TEAM

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Someone who has had a long day might elicit a little bit of sympathy – but not enough to break the traffic laws…

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Police stopped an Audi estate car on the A11 at Elveden, near Thetford, on the evening of Monday, May 27.

Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team Tweeted afterwards: “The driver had an expired provisional licence and no insurance, but felt he should be let off because he has had a long day.”

But any hope of sympathy was crushed by the officers, who Tweeted a picture of the vehicle on a tow truck and added: “His day got longer as he had to arrange for a taxi home. The vehicle has been #seized.”