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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.

Riders and followers turned out in their droves for East Anglia’s traditional Boxing Day hunts.

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The annual Bungay Town Dinner, a tradition which dates back centuries, was once again held at the town’s Fisher Theatre.

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MPs have branded Lloyds Banking Group’s decision to close three north Suffolk branches as ‘disappointing’.

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It has been a tough week for high street banks in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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NatWest is to close six branches across Norfolk and Suffolk next year due to “radical changes” in the way customers use its services.

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MPs investigating the 2 Sisters Food Group have accused the food safety watchdog of intelligence and auditing failings after it admitted to knowing of only “minor” complaints at a processing plant facing allegations of hygiene breaches.

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A Suffolk poultry plant is among more facilities owned by the UK’s biggest supplier of supermarket chicken to be inspected amid food safety and hygiene concerns within the company.

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A supermarket deal has seen a brewery up its non-alcoholic beer sales to 10% of its business.

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A micro-brewery has collected a clutch of medals for the taste of its beers at an international competition.

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A Suffolk micro brewery is toasting success on the international stage after bringing home two gold medals in the World Beer Awards.

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A Suffolk brewer is raising a glass after securing a deal to sell its beers in Canada.

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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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