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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.

An event to raise awareness of the difficulties that visually impaired and blind people face as part of their every day routines has been hailed a success.

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Cyclists, roller-bladers and walkers took to the new Beccles Relief Road as part of an event before its official opening.

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Beccles’ new £7m southern relief road will open to the public for two hours on Saturday for a family walk or cycle before its official opening.

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The UK’s largest fishing tackle and equipment retailer, based in Norfolk, has opened its 23rd store.

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A memorial to an often overlooked town hero and new children’s play equipment could be among the community-boosting schemes brought to fruition by a mayor’s fundraising.

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From Rackheath to the Rhine – the UK’s largest fishing tackle specialist is casting its net wider as it looks to take on the European market.

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A river bank which was falling into the water has been repaired and had improved accessibility installed by the Environment Agency.

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Future plans for quay revealed

Sunday, July 22, 2018

One of Beccles’ most prized community assets will soon be under control of its town council.

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Howards’ managing director for 24 years, Chris Mitchell, is retiring following the acquisition of the local estate agency by the Spicerhaart organisation. Property editor Caroline Culot spoke to him about his career.

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Plans to put apartments and houses in a former police station have prompted concerns from the town’s mayor.

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It’s 10 years since a vaccine was introduced to protect young women from the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

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A Norwich-based fishing tackle retailer has acquired another competitor in a £125,000 deal.

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A town’s community spirit was epitomised as a popular weekly market celebrated its 40th anniversary.

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At a Suffolk hospital, herbs and fruit trees provide a sensory experience for dementia patients that they care for.

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Concerns have been raised over plans to build 280 new homes in Beccles with residents fearing it will increase the strain on the town’s infrastructure and worsen existing traffic dilemmas.

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Bus users on the coast will need to check timetables after changes were announced by First Norfolk and Suffolk.

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“If someone had told me 20 years ago this is what I was going to do, I would not have believed them.”

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Meet the new mayor of Beccles

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The new mayor of Beccles is hoping to improve the town’s facilities for younger generations while also recognising its past accomplishments during her year in office.

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The UK’s largest fishing tackle retailer has hailed a “transformational year” in its first set of results since making a splash on the stock market.

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Two Rotarians were presented with special awards for their dedication at the Rotary Club of Beccles’ 69th charter night celebrations.

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Italian restaurant chain Prezzo could be the latest business to close sites after reports emerged of a restructuring plan.

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A stalwart of the Beccles community has seen his years of dedication pay off as he was installed as the new rector of the town.

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A foster mother received a rare moment in the limelight as she was made an MBE for three decades of devoted care-giving.

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Members of the public will be trained to become special police informants as part of a new trial scheme across Suffolk.

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Some of the region’s most historic mills, marshes and waterways which make up Norfolk Broads’ rich landscape could be lost without action to protect them for future generations.

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Construction workers have moved in on Beccles fire station, as the first stages of expanding the site get under way.

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Traffic on the A146 has returned to normal after a crash caused major delays this morning.

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An armada of the region’s boating businesses are heading to the capital for the annual London Boat Show, hoping to take a slice of the £3bn market.

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It was a little more than three and a half years ago that Miles Weston first came to the Broads to look at a boat his father was interested in buying.

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The year 2017 will always be a memorable one for Beccles-based photographer Joe Brady.

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Community spirit is alive and kicking with over 30 organisations and charities across Norfolk spreading some Christmas cheer this year.

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Community heroes have been honoured for their incredible contributions to groups and projects in Beccles.

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A business support organisation is bringing back a popular range of skills workshops for start-ups in Suffolk and Norfolk.

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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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