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Your Town | Beccles

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.

In a time of uncertainty for the high street, a Beccles department store has bucked the trend with the addition of two big retail names.

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First snow comes and goes

Thursday, November 30, 2017

East Anglia has welcomed the first snowfall since last winter, but it is not expected to stick around.

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A man has spoken of the surreal moment he awoke to find a lorry with a load full of pigs crashing into his house.

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Jumping Jaz skydives in a flash for charity

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A college student took to the skies in aid of a cancer charity.

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The future of a popular public space looks certain to have been settled after an agreement was put in place for it to be taken over by the town council.

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A volunteer-led charity is celebrating 25 years of making one of the East’s most well recognised landmarks even more accessible.

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Bells will toll for a fallen Beccles ringer next month, as the 100th anniversary of his death is marked.

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Construction will begin this week on a long-awaited road for Beccles, which will remove heavy traffic and enhance the local economy.

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An artist known for capturing breathtaking scenes of the seas and the skies has died after battling cancer.

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The East Suffolk rail line is to be closed between Ipswich and Halesworth for nine days to allow a team of engineers to install five miles of new track.

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A fishing tackle retailer is hoping to reel in £9m when it floats on the stock exchange.

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A retired GP who realised her dream of opening a jewellery shop after 35 years is breaking even after just eight months.

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We asked the general election candidates in Norfolk and Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them today. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:

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We asked the general election candidates in Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them on Thursday, June 8. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:

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A day centre which provides services for adults with disabilities is in desperate need of a volunteer minibus driver.

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A traditional sport drew crowds this weekend.

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A sports equipment manufacturer has bought a firm which has made products used at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, formerly the Millennium Stadium, Wembley Stadium and the Stade de France in Paris.

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Concerns have been raised over plans to build nearly 1,000 new homes in Worlingham.

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The last surviving mayor of Beccles from its days as a borough has died.

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Drivers in one of our local authority areas are among the best in the country at dodging parking fines, new figures have revealed.

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A venue has been announced for the third annual East Anglian Storytelling Festival.

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A legendary story of a high profile bank robbery in Beccles is being told for the first time.

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A new chapter in the history of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads has begun with a tourism campaign celebrating its international significance.

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They gave their lives during the darkest hours on the home front during the Second World War - and now their sacrifices have been remembered.

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Plaques has been unveiled to remember police officers who died while protecting the people of Great Yarmouth during the Second World War.

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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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