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Population: 10,123

Nearby Towns: Bungay, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft

Beccles is situated inland on the River Waveney, and sits at the southern point of the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads. With its own quay, the town draws in lots of tourists, and provides the perfect setting for a stroll by the river with fantastic views of the countryside and wildlife.

Beccles has been a Fairtrade Town since 2008 and Fairtrade goods can now be bought in all the supermarkets and some of the smaller shops. The main town centre combines independent shops and restaurants with some bigger, national names.

Beccles Lido, the town’s outdoor swimming pool, opens daily throughout the summer months, and is a big hit with local families.

The town has many historical landmarks including Leman House in Ballygate, which is home to Beccles Museum, and was once the local school. It also has the bell tower which stands detached from St Michael’s Church, and at 97ft tall offers spectacular views from the top across the Waveney Valley.

The town hosts a number of big events throughout the year including Beccles Carnival, Harvest Moon Free Music Festival, Beccles Duck Race, Antiques Market and a late night shopping event and Christmas lights switch on.

Work is to start on a long-awaited road for Beccles which will remove heavy traffic from the town and boost the local economy.

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The production company behind a new TV show about people being reunited with someone from their past is calling on residents from the Waveney area to appear on the programme.

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Construction company Bateman Groundworks has won two new contracts worth more than £5m.

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Reydon youngster aims for pole position

Monday, February 13, 2017

For 15-year-old Charlie Brooks the thrill and adrenaline he feels while racing his motorbike is a dream come true.

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A weight loss coach has been recognised for her outstanding service to Weight Watchers members.

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For decades a shed has been man’s sanctuary- a place where the sound of hammering and drilling could be heard as he crafts and creates objects for work or pleasure.

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Growing construction company Ovamill has been doing building work on its own site, reflecting the Beccles-based firm’s expansion.

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Leaders at a district council are to seek an urgent meeting with the government to see if they can keep the prospect of a Suffolk-only devolution deal alive.

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A strong case has been made for reallocating Waveney court hearings to make them more accessible for witnesses, defendants and victims of crime, community leaders and solicitors have said.

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Morrisons stores across Norfolk and Waveney have appointed specific people to help customers during what the supermarket believes will be the ‘heaviest’ shopping week of the year.

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From candles and greetings cards to jams and chutney there were many marvellous handmade creations on offer for all to enjoy at an inaugural craft market.

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Witnesses and victims of crime could be forced to give evidence to a court from a videolink in the back of a van, it has emerged.

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A long-awaited new road for Beccles which is set to remove heavy traffic from the town and boost the local economy has finally been given the green light.

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A mum who once got so out of breath chasing her little girl up the stairs that she was unable to read her a bedtime story has lost nearly half her body weight to win a national award.

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A clean-up operation has been completed on the A146 between Beccles and Norwich following an oil spill.

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Barn fire tackled in Mutford

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Firefighters from Lowestoft are tackling a barn fire in Mutford.

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Residents of Beccles and beyond are being invited to have their say on potential changes to the way minor injury services are delivered in the town.

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A petition has been launched to gather support for two major services at Beccles Hospital after speculation about their future.

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They have just returned from a gruelling mountain trek in Peru, and now three members of a charity group are ready for their next mission - driving from Beccles to Venice in a £150 car.

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The man who went into cardiac arrest at Beccles Lido and was airlifted to hospital earlier this week has died.

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A charity football match is being revived after a four-year break in memory of a dedicated football legend dubbed ‘Mr Beccles FC.’

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Firefighters freed two people trapped in a car after a crash on the A146 near Beccles.

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A woman was arrested in Beccles in the early hours of Saturday morning for attacking two police officers.

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A baker who has spent years supporting a charity for the armed forces has smashed his £50,000 fundraising target - and has dedicated the success to his late wife.

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A 71-year-old dishonestly claimed £162,000 in benefits in the name of a fictitious woman during a decade-long fraud.

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The Sotterley Country Fair, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow (Sunday), has been cancelled due to the bad weather.

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Girls are being urged to consider a career in engineering in a bid to break the pattern which has led the UK to have the lowest proportion of female engineers in Europe.

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The authorities in Beccles have announced plans to clamp down on a marauding gang which has been rampaging through the town in recent weeks.

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A headteacher has paid tribute to a seven-year-old girl who drowned at a swimming pool in Burgh St Peter – saying the “whole community is affected by this terrible news”.

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Emergency services were called to an accident involving two vehicles on the A146 at Beccles Road, Barnby on Tuesday afternoon.

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Property editor, Caroline Culot, visits one of the most architecturally unique properties in East Anglia.

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Events were held across the Waveney Valley today to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday.

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As the Queen marks her 90th birthday, companies across Norfolk and Waveney have been honoured with a royal seal of approval.

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For the first time this year a prince is being sought to stand alongside Miss Beccles and her two princess attendants at Beccles Carnival.

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Construction of the long-awaited Beccles Southern Relief Road has been delayed and will not go ahead this spring as originally planned.

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Two men, including one who was armed with a knuckle duster, who were involved in a violent late night attack on two other men in their 40s outside a Beccles pub have been jailed for a total of more than six years.

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Two brothers have today told how they thought they were going to be killed by masked armed raiders.

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