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Where? Suffolk.

What? '...a flourishing county town. Ipswich is hard to beat...' Ipswich Borough Council

Work? The 18 practices in Ipswich PCT currently employ 76 GPs

Homes? 5-bedroomed detached house on the

north-west side of Ipswich convenient for all local amenities. Good sized gardens, off-road parking and garage. £242,500

Schools? Ipswich School (independent, selective, mixed) has the best A-level results in Suffolk

Leisure? The unspoilt Suffolk coast and Aldeburgh, the music festival founded by Benjamin Britten, are among the unique attractions of this part of the country

From the local press: Beach-lovers looked no further than Ipswich's town centre

for some seaside fun, frolics and fundraising yesterday. Sandpits, deckchairs and sticks of rock transformed the Cornhill for a huge beach party.

Evening Star, July 28.

Famous residents: Cartoonist Giles. England and Newcastle United soccer star Kieron Dyer

Anything else? The

Anglo-Saxon royal burial site at nearby Sutton Hoo was one of the UK's most important archaeological finds ever

Location, location

1,528.5

per 100,000 population: Ipswich's 2002 crime index compared with 4,118.8 nationally

91%

of the population say their health is good or fairly good

33%

of people between 16 and 74 have no qualifications compared with 29 per cent nationally

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