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Daily’s supplement proved a popular addition

Two regional dailies chronicled the role played by the port of Felixstowe in the history of their patch through a special souvenir edition.

The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Evening Star produced the 32-page supplement to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the port.

The supplement contains 27 articles, the majority of which were written by the Archant-owned paper’s Felixstowe editor Richard Cornwell, along with colleague James Marston.

Richard said he decided to put special edition together as he knew the port had two celebrations coming up.

One was the 125th anniversary of the port which opened in 1886 and is a huge part of Felixstowe,  along with the completion of the next phase of a new expansion.

Richard, who has worked at the paper since 1980, said: “I approached them and said I would like to be involved and they agreed to work with us.”

“I had a couple of days off diary and went home and sat with my laptop and just wrote. I also worked with the designer on what would go where. A lot of it came from personal knowledge as I have covered it for 30 years.

“I’m really pleased. It’s really rewarding when it comes together as one project. We have had an excellent response from readers and the port is very pleased.

“It was a lot of work but it was very rewarding to see it all come together like that.”

The supplement went out in the Evening Star and the East Anglian Daily Times on 28 September but is still available for readers to buy.

It includes a double page feature on the port’s history, a feature on port founder George Tomline, an article on its links with Trinity College, an interview with the chief executive and an article on a new £300 million terminal that has just been completed.

It also features a piece about the port’s role in providing jobs in Felixstowe and lists all of the 2,613 employees that work there.