December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
There were celebrations aplenty in a quiet corner of south Lowestoft.
About 100 people turned out yesterday to mark the completion of an 18-month renovation project to a clifftop path at Pakefield.
The project, which highlights the heritage of Pakefield, has seen improvements worth more than £38,000 made to the footpath to make the area more accessible and to show off its history and wildlife.
And at a special dedication ceremony yesterday, five new clifftop display boards to promote the area were unveiled. As the Pakefield coast path walk was inaugurated by Canon Bob Baker near to Pakefield Church, locals joined together in a prayer for the Pakefield community and this project.
Mr Baker said: “The Promoting Pakefield Group and the people involved in this clifftop project have done a really tremendous job.”
The project aims to improve, maintain and enhance the clifftop areas of Pakefield and with the money granted to the community group by a Changing Places environmental scheme run by the Big Lottery fund.
With works to improve the footpath from the Arbor Lane caravan site to the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) building, the five themed display boards – entitled Pakefield from 700,000 years ago, Pakefield on the edge, The Church in the fields, Pakefield’s lost homes and Pakefield’s Postcards – were showcased.
Paul Hobbs, chairman of The Promoting Pakefield Group, said: “This is a wonderful and beautiful place. The route needed a complete makeover to create a really attractive asset for the area and we are delighted with the improvement work that our contractor, Waveney Norse, has done.
“The completed project has really enhanced the clifftop, and this has been a real group effort over the past 18 months.”
Lowestoft’s RNLI lifeboat, the Spirit of Lowestoft, sped along the coast for the whole length of the new pathway to mark the opening and there were refreshments as locals learned more about the project and heard about the group’s future plans.
There was also a chance to follow the War Boy Walk – a circular walk of about 1.7 miles based on author Michael Foreman’s experiences of growing up in Pakefield during the Second World War.
Marya Parker, a facilitator for the Groundwork Changing Places scheme, said: “This is a really good bit of community work and is a real asset for Pakefield. I think the Promoting Pakefield Group have done a magnificent job in promoting the area.”
Tim Harris, a member of Promoting Pakefield Group, said: “We are delighted that we have achieved this lottery funding for Pakefield and feel it is only the start. We are planning to have a lively website so people can find out what’s going on each season.”
Waveney MP, Peter Aldous, added: “This project will enhance the area for schoolchildren, residents, local businesses and visitors alike.”