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Your Town | Bungay

Population: 5,127

Nearby Towns: Beccles, Diss, Lowestoft

Bungay is a thriving market town in a loop of the River Waveney. The origin of the name of Bungay is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon title Bunincga-haye, signifying the enclosure of the tribe of Bonna, a Saxon chieftain.

It has a wealth of historical sites including the ruins of Bigod’s Castle, the ancient Butter Cross in the town centre, a Roman well and a Saxon church.

Bungay has its own mayor, town reeve and town crier, traditions which it has kept alive for many years.

The town is home to the Fisher Theatre and an indoor swimming pool and has its own marathon which was renamed this year as the Bungay Festival of Running, and a two-week festival in the summer to showcase everything on offer.

A couple have been able to relive the moment they met more than 60 years ago as a bus company surprised them by recreating the 11b service that they first met on.

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When Ron Gower got the 11b bus to Norwich from Bungay as a teenager he never thought he would meet the love of his life who he would end up married to for 60 years.

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Performance poet Luke Wright is back with a brand new show which he is premiering at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

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A retried school teacher and one of his former pupils have been elected to lead Bungay Town Council.

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A traditional sport drew crowds this weekend.

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Police have released two CCTV images of a woman officers would like to speak to following a burglary at a home in Bungay in early February.

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Ripping poetry from the page to centre stage, Luke Wright is back to launch a new tour and tour-de-force

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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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A second man has been charged in connection with the rape of a young woman in Lowestoft in December.

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Residents are being asked for their comments on traffic related issues in the centre of Bungay and outlying areas.

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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 memorial exhibition celebrating the life and work of a young Bungay artist has been unveiled.

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