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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.

Douglas Smith was just 14 when he followed in his father’s footsteps and started work at a crematorium. He proved himself a good listener in a challenging job – “sympathetic and understanding”, says his son.

Many celebrities have favoured The Aldeburgh Bookshop. The ‘trend’ was started by Benjamin Britten. Records show the last thing he bought was probably a diary. Sadly, he probably never used it: the composer died weeks before New Year.

Peter Josling had been a stalwart on the field and off it for Diss Rugby Club. And meeting and marrying him ‘was like a little miracle’, says wife Sandra

If not, might be best to stop after the 2020 series and simply cherish the good memories

Story of Scrooge, ghosts and Tiny Tim is 175 years old − and still incredibly powerful

And while you’re about it, do please help us find The Best Doctor Who Alien Ever. Cast your votes here

Chris Reeve’s writing is powered by the passion of his mum, whose love of words pulled her through sleepless nights and the tedium of housework

Gallery Do your baubles need a boost?

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ideas to make our Christmas tree branches even more brilliant

‘Nature champion’ Jules Pretty takes the crown and there’s an honour for the founder of Norfolk Children’s Book Centre

Gifts can arrive in a too-large cardboard box from a warehouse far, far away or with a flourish from a local artisan. We unwrap a selection box of delights

Is ‘change’ always ‘progress’? Take a look and decide

All will be revealed − and you can be there!

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Here’s a dozen delights for family and friends who might enjoy reading about horses, rural life or food

There’s a lot to enjoy in a new book about ‘Secret Bungay’ − and it’s not all scary...

From Lady Lord Mayors to pop industry excess and a floating library, there’s energy and imagination to thrill and delight in 2018

Five tweaks to stop the risk of this beloved and successful Saturday-night show growing stale

With the BBC children’s show about to celebrate its birthday, Steven Russell gets misty-eyed as he meets one of his childhood heroes: ex-presenter Peter Purves

The first ever National Album Day is almost here. The sales figures say one thing, but who’s your favourite?

There are many more super-septuagenarians, too, this year. Was there something in the air back in 1948?

Family, friends and business neighbours are mourning the loss of the big Norwich City fan, who has died of pancreatic cancer at 72

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