Newsroom finds Perfect way to celebrate Ed Sheeran’s Suffolk roots

Behind Local News
Jun 9 · 2 min read

The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star have teamed up with Ed Sheeran’s father to provide material for a new exhibition celebrating the singer-songwriter’s Suffolk roots.

The global superstar, who still lives in the county, will finish one of the most successful tours in music history with four gigs in Chantry Park,Ipswich, this summer.

Just days before that, the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition will open at the town’s Christchurch Mansion.

The EADT and Ipswich Star has provided a unique digital display of photos and news headlines for the exhibition which chart Ed’s extraordinary career.

Brad Jones, editor-in-chief of the EADT and Ipswich Star, said it was an exciting exhibition to be a part of.

He said: “We’ve covered Ed’s career since 2008, and followed his journey from playing in Suffolk pubs to becoming one of the biggest stars in the world.

“We were even there to capture the moment he signed his six-album deal at The Station pub in Framlingham in 2011 in front of family and friends. So, our fantastic archive of stories and pictures provide a fascinating look back at the early years, and show his deep-rooted connection and affection for Suffolk.

“We’re proud and excited to be involved in this very special exhibition, which will be the perfect complement to his homecoming shows in August.”

The nine-month event also features portraits by renowned artist Colin Davidson, photography by Mark Surridge and personal items portraying the journey from Ed’s school life in Suffolk to international stardom. Many of these intimate works have never been seen before.

Ed’s family moved to Framlingham from Yorkshire when he was a young boy and his passion for Suffolk is behind the four concerts and the exhibition.

John Sheeran said: “Edward’s homecoming gigs in Ipswich in August 2019 provide a fitting climax to his mammoth world tour.
“The choice of Ipswich shows just how important his Suffolk roots are to him. Ed has a deep affection for the landscape and its people. This exhibition reflects that — its title is ‘Made in Suffolk’, which he was.”

The exhibition, organised by Ipswich Borough Council, opens at Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion on August 20 — just days before Ed’s four concerts at Chantry Park in Ipswich — and runs until spring 2020.

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