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Ipswich rated as the third happiest place to live in the UK

Ipswich Marina. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ipswich is celebrating a real feather in its cap.

It's today been rated the third happiest place in the country to live.

This was in a survey carried out by the property website 'Rightmove' and included factors like feeling safe in the community and friendliness of neighbours.

People enjoy Ipswich's Christchurch Park today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Among those visiting the town's Christchurch Park today was Lorna Williamson-Brown and her four-year-old daughter Amber.

"It's a good place to live and I think people are generally pretty happy with their life," said Lorna. "It's certainly a good and safe place for children."

Ipswich was rated behind Harrogate and Shrewsbury.

Cambridge was ranked 34th, Norwich 37th and Peterborough 93rd.

In wasn't such good news for Luton, which was ranked as the 8th unhappiest place to live.

The ten happiest places in the UK

  • 1.) Harrogate
  • 2.) Shrewsbury
  • 3.) Ipswich
  • 4.) York
  • 5.) Chester
  • 6.) Inverness
  • 7. ) Llandrindod Wells
  • 8.) Hemel Hempstead
  • 9.) Watford
  • 10.) Blackpool


Essex pensioners who were rescued from a Kayak thank lifeguards who saved their lives

Two men rescued from the sea off the Essex coast earlier this week have today returned to thank the lifeguards who saved their lives.

67-year-old Lee Holt and Jim West, who's 72, were fishing at Walton-on-the-Naze when they found the sea was rougher than they thought.

They were rescued by Harry Castle, one of the local lifeguards, who was patrolling on a jetski.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers


Iggy Pop: University's rare musical tribute to its iguanodon

A song which was almost as extinct as its subject matter has been brought back to life by the University of Cambridge.

Jolly Old Beast was first sung in 1853 in praise of a set of concrete dinosaurs at the famous Crystal Palace exhibition.

The university revived the song as part of an online campaign showcasing its connection with animals.

‘I is for Iguanodon’ appears on 31 August 2015.

Iggy the Iguanodon

The song is a tribute to the university's own iguanodon (nicknamed Iggy) on display at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.

Iggy was given to the Museum by the King of Belgium and is a plaster replica of a skeleton found in a mine in 1878. The original creature lived some 120 million years ago and would have measured 11 metres from nose to tail.

Retired people in Norfolk among the most satisfied in the UK

Retired people in East Anglia are among the most satisfied in the country with their lives, according to a new survey out today.

Norfolk is 3rd, Suffolk 9th and Cambridgeshire 11th among the top 20 counties when it comes to the wellbeing of pensioners.

The top 10

  • 1.) Devon
  • 2.) Dorset
  • 3.) Powys (Wales)
  • 3.) Norfolk
  • 5.) East Sussex
  • 6.) Surrey
  • 7.) Gloucestershire
  • 8.) West Sussex
  • 9.) Suffolk
  • 10.) North Yorkshire

The survey by insurers Prudential measures crime levels, predicted life expectancy after the age of 65 and the availability of care in every county.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

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