Lynn Turner is a multi-talented, talented woman with an entrepreneurial spirit.

He was a huge dance enthusiast in the early 80’s, since he founded the Mixed Company dance group, he started opening his first dance and fitness business to make aerobics, body conditioning and jazz dance available to the public.

After many years at Archant’s event, working in PR, marketing and newspaper sales, he helped launch Suffolk magazine.

He taught dance and fitness at Dance East, along with Salsa and Argentine Tango, and was an active member of the group to launch the Red Shoe Appeal to build the Dance House on the Ipswich Waterfront.

Lynn opened the Cake & Catwalk store in 2010, and last year when the Covid pandemic hit the retailer hard, she decided to do her business online.


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He misses his daily interaction with his loyal customers.

Here she talks to Gina Long

What has been the impact of Covid-19 and how have you adapted?

Shock! My life changed completely forever.

[I] He cleaned the store for security reasons, and then I spent six months photographing everything and getting everything online.

A mammoth task, but time is used sensibly.

What is your connection to East Anglia?

I have lived in Ipswich all my life, a Chantry girl born and raised.

I tried to get out, but he dragged me away.

What is your East Anglian Heaven?

Being close to the water. Rivers and the sea. Extraordinary and varied architecture. Great skies and stunning scenery.

What is your East Anglian Hell?

The denial of Ipswich to those who live here and will not come here. Those who win and curse.

Ipswich is having a rough time right now, so don’t give up on the dog when the dog is down.

What is your favorite East English landmark?

There are many, but I love Heveningham Hall. Setting and size. Having a beautiful palace in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes I park near it and am amazed at its brilliance and excellence. It’s gratifying to see.

What’s the best thing that happens every year in East Anglia?

Summer. We do well here. There is so much to see and do.

What is your favorite restaurant?

The Mariners on Ipswich Dock and The Unruly Pig in Bromswell.

What is the topic of your specialist Mastermind?

Burlesque (ha).

What’s always in your fridge?

Maya and wine of course ….

What is the simple philosophy of your life?

Be nice. Be sympathetic but be passionate.

What is your favorite movie?

Sharp Room

What was your first job?

Window dressing room for Debenhams.

What is your most valued property?

You don’t have to. My daughter Daisy is my treasure but I don’t have one!




Lynn Turner
– Credit: Simply C Photography

Who do you admire the most?

Strong. Anyone who rises proud of their great cause and their beliefs. Who gives his heart to help others in return without expecting anything in return.

What is your greatest indulgence?

Monthly on my face, good wine and the right butter.

What do you like most about yourself?

I have beautiful hair!

What is your worst trait?

My inposter syndrome.

Where is your favorite holiday destination?

Cadaques in northern Spain

The best day of your life?

When I gave birth to daughter Daisy. I know it’s wood, but it’s true.

What is your favorite breakfast?

Black milk, hashish, bacon and eggs. I also love Benedict eggs.

What is your favorite tipple?

A beautiful glass of Apremont (Savoy white wine) drunk next to a snow-capped mountain. Congratulations

What is your hidden talent?

I can immediately tell of a corked wine. Very annoying, especially when the owner and then the chef come out to discuss my findings.

What is your first memory?

Our Vanguard is stacked in an old black car to fit in with six other brides.

Tell people something they don’t know about you?

Nothing. I am an open book. I have nothing to hide. All you have to do is ask and I will tell you everything.

What’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to you?

You know. I called the babysitter so many names that having red pants that have so many scars, I don’t hear them. Let’s just say it’s going through my head.

Tell us why you live here and elsewhere?

I am a citizen and live on Belstead Road, Ipswich. Close enough to walk or bike and with all the amenities. We are five minutes from the countryside and one hour from London. Also, all my lovely friends and relatives. We have everything.

What do you want to tell our readers the most?

You don’t know what’s in the corner. Be prepared for change. Don’t be afraid to hold on to the technology you need to hold on to.

Be ready to guess again. In any case, even if it is hard, if you feel fear and disappointment, there is always a friend or relative and really sympathetic, people who want to help you get back on that horse.

Put on that happy face and realize that life starts at 64 again.

In my spare time, I use my retail skills well and help coordinate the pop-up community store at St Matthews Church in Ipswich. It is open every Thursday at 9.00am and offers a bag of food for £ 2. need.

Please consider looking at my online retailer: www.cakeandcatwalk.co.uk or www.itsmylook / shop

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