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By Philippa Taylor

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for today's Suffolk Live... and we're going to stay with music as we say goodnight.

    A community choir which was formed in 2009, and has about 30 members, has taken part in today's BBC Music Day, walking across the Sir Bobby Robson Bridge in Ipswich, while singing at the same time.

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    Video caption: Ipswich communtiy choir performs for BBC Music Day

    Suffolk Soul Singers describe themselves as being "truly inclusive and accessible" saying "All you need is a love of singing and a commitment to learning" to join.

    Don't forget you can scroll down and see the other stories making the news across the county today.

    Have a good weekend, I think we may even see some sunshine. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

  2. FolkEast festival patrons to appear on Springwatch Unsprung

    Cleah Hetherington

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Folk singers The Young 'uns, who are patrons of the FolkEast festival at Glemham Hall, will be on BBC Springwatch Unsprung tonight singing their new song Lapwings.

    Frank Gardiner

    They'll be introduced by BBC journalist Frank Gardner reading from the World War One diary of Pte Thomas Williams of the 19th King's Regiment, which inspired the song.

  3. Overnight weather: Mainly dry, with a risk of some patchy drizzle

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Staying cloudy and mainly dry, but with the risk of some patchy drizzle in places. Turning misty overnight with some fog patches developing, especially near the coast. Lows of 9C (48F).

    Saturday's weather map

    Saturday will start cloudy and misty with the risk of one or two early showers, but it'll gradually brighten up through the day, with warm sunshine in the afternoon. Highs of 24F (75F).

    You can get more on the forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

  4. Planning officers recommend approval for Eye homes plan

    Diss Express

    An outline planning application for up to 280 new houses and a 60-bed care home in Eye has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

    Eye Airfield
  5. Ferry service gears up for more passengers this summer

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A ferry service which links Shotley with Felixstowe and Harwich is set to drastically increase the number of passengers it carries this year, now that the owner has bought a new vessel:

  6. Green party wins another seat on Mid-Suffolk district council

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    Yesterday's by-election in Barking and Somersham has been won by Anne Marie Killett for the Green Party. The seat had been Conservative, and the result was very close, with the party's candidate Jemma Lynch receiving 210 votes to Anne Marie Killett's 212.

    This takes the total number of Green councillors in Mid Suffolk to six. 

    Mid-Suffolk district council offices

    They are the largest opposition party to the Conservative controlled council. It's the seventh seat the Tories have lost in Suffolk in the last month.  

  7. Couple missing from Weybread home for almost a week

    A search is being carried out at a property in Mill Lane, Weybread, near Diss, for a couple who haven't been seen since Saturday, 28 May.

    Sylvia and Peter Stuart

    Police say they were contacted this morning by a woman who said she was concerned about the couple who are related to her. The woman had already asked friends, neighbours and checked local hospitals in a bid to find them.

    Police say the disappearance is "out of character" for the couple.

  8. Brexit: So what's the counter argument to Grayling's comments?

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Prime Minister David Cameron wants Britain to stay in the EU and 16 members of his cabinet also back staying in.

    Union Jacks and EU flags

    Those campaigning for Britain to Remain in the EU say it gets a big boost from membership - it makes selling things to other EU countries easier and, they argue, the flow of immigrants, most of whom are young and keen to work, fuels economic growth and helps pay for public services. 

    They also believe Britain's status in the world would be damaged by leaving and that we are more secure as part of the 28 nation club, rather than going it alone.

    Read the BBC's guide to the EU Referendum here.

    Or watch BBC Look East's Q&A session on our Facebook page.

  9. Grayling says local businesses are 'better off out' of Europe

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Companies in this region would flourish if we left the European Union said Cabinet Minister Chris Grayling when he visited Ipswich's "wine rack" yesterday. 

    Chris Grayling

    The building was constructed on the Ipswich Waterfront in 2007 but was left undeveloped. Now it faces a brighter future after it was bought by East Anglian developer John Howard last year, who plans to complete the project, turning it into flats.

    Mr Grayling said: "There may be big banks, there may be big businesses that say we should stay in the EU, but actually around the country, wherever I go, I find local businesses that say they're better off out, they want to be out, they want us to vote to leave and I think we should listen to them."

  10. Cycle ride marks the 35th anniversary of Ipswich Town's Uefa Cup win

    Now for one final post on the Ipswich to Amsterdam bike ride.

    It's 250 miles (402km) in total and will see the team return to Suffolk on Monday.

    To mark the 35th anniversary of Town’s Uefa Cup final win over AZ Alkmaar, the team will visit the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, where Blues lifted the trophy in May 1981.

    Terry Butcher, who is among the party, was part of Uefa Cup winning team. John Wark is pictured below scoring one of the goals in the second leg of the tie.

    John Wark
  11. They've made it to Harwich

    Former Ipswich Town and Newcastle United footballer Titus Bramble has tweeted to say the team has made it to Harwich. That's the end of exertions for today. Good luck for the rest of the trip, everyone.

  12. Bramble and Lee also in group of 40 Ipswich to Amsterdam cycle party

    Alan Lee and Titus Bramble are the other former Ipswich Town players taking part in the bike ride from Suffolk to Amsterdam.

    The group of 40, named TEAMITFC, set off from Portman Road earlier.

  13. Legends join Ipswich to Amsterdam bike ride

    A group of cyclists, including Ipswich Town legends Terry Butcher and Simon Milton, are currently on a bike ride from Ipswich to Amsterdam to raise money for Prostate Cancer and the Ipswich Academy.

    Here's a tweet posted by Milton when the team reached Colchester, en route to Harwich for a ferry crossing. More on this very shortly.

  14. BreakingMissing Newmarket woman found safe

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Police say Laura Bersan, who was reported missing by work colleagues yesterday afternoon from Newmarket, has been found safe in Dunwich.

  15. Afternoon weather: The chance of a spot of rain or drizzle

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy afternoon with perhaps the odd spot of rain or drizzle. It will also become rather murky along the coast. Top temperature: 16C (61F). 


    If you'd like to find out more about being a BBC Weather Watcher, take a look at their website.

  16. Suffolk Soul Singers join in BBC Music Day

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    As part of today's BBC Music Day more than 40 bridges across the UK and Channel Islands, including the Sir Bobby Robson Bridge in Ipswich, have been turned into stages for a series of performances and gigs.

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    Video caption: BBC Music Day: Suffolk Soul Singers perform on Sir Bobby Robson Bridge

    Suffolk Soul Singers performed on the bridge, which was built in 2009 and named after the former Ipswich Town, Newcastle United and England manager.

    It connects a housing development on the west side of the River Orwell with the civic quarter on the east bank.

  17. NHS reveals cost of supplying medicines that can be bought over the counter

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    More now on our story about the cost of prescription medicines in the county - and the NHS in Suffolk has revealed that it spent £3,417,719 in the year 2015-16 prescribing medication for the conditions listed below:

    Graphic showing breakdown of drugs spend on various conditions

    Chairman of the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Andrew Hassan, says one of the major costs is that you need a consultation with a doctor to raise the prescription: "That consultation has been costed out at about £28 per encounter.

    "That adds an enormous amount to the cost to the NHS of providing these prescriptions."

  18. Cricket: Suffolk call up schoolboy batsman

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk have included 15-year-old Alex Oxley in their squad for their first Unicorns Championship fixture of the season against Cumberland, starting on Sunday.

    Alex Oxley

    "Alex is without doubt the Suffolk young cricketer with most potential, said coach Andy Northcote. "He is extremely talented and works exceptionally hard. He trained well all winter and never looks out of place."

    If Oxley plays in Carlisle he would become the county's youngest ever debutant.