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Population: 58,560

Nearby Towns: Beccles, Bungay, Great Yarmouth

Train services in Norfolk are getting back to normal after being at a standstill for about an hour because of a fire alert.

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A catering giant has left his thriving London life to invest in the future of his hometown.

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A man accused of murder ended up with his “foot on fire” as he tried to burn a bit of blood-soaked carpet in his friend’s garden, a court heard.

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A targeted project designed to encourage more men to ask for help with mental health issues has been hailed a success after playing a key role in raising awareness of the importance of safeguarding emotional wellbeing.

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Popular Norfolk Broads figure dies aged 79

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The well known Norfolk Broads boating pioneer and business owner Langford Jillings Snr has died at the age of 79.

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A teacher and support staff member from Cromer have received awards from an Olympic gold medallist at a special event to mark the new school year.

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A £68m signalling upgrade will see no trains run between Great Yarmouth and Reedham for at least six months.

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Trains to and from coastal towns will be disrupted over the coming months as engineering work take place.

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A community hub which offers a wide variety of services is celebrating being awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

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The trial of a former chief executive of a Suffolk-based addiction treatment provider accused of committing fraud by paying for car insurance and gym memberships from company funds will take place in March next year.

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Senior lifeboatmen have spoken of their sadness after the bodies of two fishermen were found in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth.
The men’s bodies were discovered and recovered by a Coastguard helicopter close to where their fishing boat had sunk on Saturday afternoon.

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A Suffolk holiday group is on the verge of another record summer, buoyed by the recent heatwave.

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Fears over road safety close to a Gorleston school were enough for councillors to refuse plans for more than 70 new homes - at a third time of asking.

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A museum showcasing Lowestoft’s fishing glory years is inviting members past and present to celebrate a symbolic milestone.

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A Suffolk brewery has been pipped to the post for a major beer accolade.

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Young parents and their children had fun in the sun as a special beach party was hailed a success.

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A man whose whole family have suffered from cancer took a razor to his hair to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Developers hoping to build more than 70 homes behind a school in Gorleston should finally discover the project’s fate next week.

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Passengers travelling to and from Norwich are facing delays and cancellations this afternoon due to a train fault.

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A new community initiative is set to launch next month, with the aim of bringing people together to have a chat over a free cuppa.

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Members of community groups from across Lowestoft joined together for a special performance.

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A government initiative to attract more investment in offshore energy has been welcomed by industry leaders in East Anglia.

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All trains out of Lowestoft are being cancelled, delayed or revised due to a signalling fault at Oulton Broad North.

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A diversity advocate and leading figure on East Anglia’s tourism scene is encouraging more businesses to engage with Norwich Pride.

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Two cancer research charities have shared a £2,500 funding boost thanks to a variety show in Great Yarmouth.

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A number of trains have been cancelled between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft this morning.

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Fundraisers from the Lowestoft-based Lauren Lou appeal, which continues to raise money and awareness in aid of cancer charities and local causes, have been boosted by two recent collections.

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Another large fire has been tackled by firefighters in Norfolk as the heat wave continues,

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A popular beer festival has been boosted by extra train services enabling more people to visit this weekend’s event by rail.

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It is described as an epic challenge featuring a four-day road trip around Europe.

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Rail lines are blocked around Somerleyton after a boat struck a railway bridge this evening.

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A cleaning company and a distribution centre are among the employers in the East of England who have failed to pay the national minimum wage.

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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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Lifeboat crews rescued a stricken yacht off the Suffolk coast after its engine failed.

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There was a bustle of interest on the coast as major components for an offshore gas rig were shipped out to sea.

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Great Yarmouth Minster will be opening its doors to Futures Fest, a careers event with a difference.

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Movie moguls asked for a cast of thousands, and Gorleston more than answered the call.

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Despite soaring temperatures and sunny summer days, Norwich Theatre Royal is already turning its attention to pantomime season...oh yes it is!

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This was stunning sight which greeted people in the region last night.

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A shop owner has slammed telecoms companies after being left without broadband and a working phone line for almost a month despite promises the problem would be fixed within a couple of days.

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A Lowestoft high school is raising money to fund an amazing voyage for a group of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Trains between Lowestoft and Norwich were cancelled yesterday afternoon due to a swing bridge failure.

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As part of the celebration of the centenary of the end of the First World War, one group of dedicated volunteers are aiming to make 3,000 knitted poppies to commemorate the anniversary.

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It’s a challenge that wouldn’t look out of place on Top Gear, but for four accountants it is all for a good cause.

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Greater Anglia has reported an “excellent performance” in the last month with punctuality on many routes more than 90pc during May.

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Rail passengers are today facing disruption after a number of trains have been cancelled between Norwich and London, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

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A wartime evacuee has been reliving wonderful memories of his time at a Norfolk farm where three spinster sisters used to bathe him and his two brothers.

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The new roundabout which is replacing the most dangerous junction in Norfolk is nearing completion.

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Trains between Norwich and London Liverpool Street have been delayed or cancelled this morning as a result of a major track fault in the capital.

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A special event was held in Lowestoft to mark more than 130 years of a popular service.

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Not normally one to make a fuss about anything Nellie Vallance made an exception for her 105th birthday celebrations.

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A traditional fishmongers was commended for its contribution to the industry at a prestigious awards ceremony.

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A pair of budding engineers conquered their sternest test yet to take first prize in an annual contest.

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Smaller towns and villages near rail lines in Norfolk and Suffolk could receive a tourism boost thanks to two new brochures which aim to encourage visitors.

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Slimmers in a Lowestoft are celebrating losing weight by donating their old clothes to charity.

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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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The Lowestoft in Bloom committee will be holding a coffee morning and plant sale for the first time this year.

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Residents, families and staff at a care home dressed up in their finery to watch and celebrate the royal wedding.

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It is said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of our oceans.

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A radio communications business has won a major contract with an offshore wind farm off the East coast.

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With less than a month to go until the start of a charity bike ride, a group of firefighters are calling on the support of locals to help them reach their fundraising target.

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Lowestoft and Southwold’s beaches and waters have been given glowing recommendations by the organisations which rates their cleanliness and safety.

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Testing has started on the first of Greater Anglia’s new regional trains that are due to transform services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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It was a devastating air raid that caused death and destruction.

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Beccles Museum is hosting a special book signing day on Friday, May 25 when local author Sheila Hutchinson will sign her latest book, Reedham and Berney Arms Railway.

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A Lowestoft theatrical design company has secured a five year contract to design and build stages for cruise ships.

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Tod Sullivan knows first hand the lasting impact growing up with an alcoholic parent can have on a child.

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Lowestoft’s first mental health ambassador has raised more than £1,000 for local charities by completing the London Marathon.

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When faced with a long train journey, it can often be tricky for commuters to think of how to pass the time.

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Trains are running between Lowestoft and Norwich in both directions after disruption due to a failure of the Somerleyton Swing Bridge.

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Some of Britain’s top chess players will be crossing swords with local talent at the Great Yarmouth Chess Congress over the weekend of April 28 and 29.

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The funeral of a highly-respected East Anglian businessman is due to take place today (Wednesday, April 18).

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East Coast Community Healthcare has been named as the highest performing community health organisation in the east of England for staff flu vaccinations for the second year running.

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Masterclasses examining the latest changes to employment legislation will be held in Norwich and Lowestoft this month.

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Lowestoft-based renewable energy vessel specialist Turner Iceni has won a contract worth more than £4m to provide support for the construction of the East Anglia One offshore windfarm.

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A 23-year-old footballer from Beccles was more than twice the drink-drive limit when he crashed into a tree, an inquest heard.

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There were smiles a-plenty on the faces of young patients after the welcome delivery of a bumper load of Easter eggs.

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A regional accountancy firm has bolstered its presence in Suffolk through a merger with another practice.

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A veteran who turned his life around after a four-year prison sentence has completed a skydive for the Norwich charity which helped him.

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The Easter bunny made a surprise appearance on the Lowestoft branch line to celebrate the holiday.

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A police officer has been sacked for using excessive force during an arrest.

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Jim Hughes, who helped build his father’s company Hughes Electrical alongside his siblings, has died.

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A system to protect offshore structures, cables and pipelines from scour will now be available in the US after an East Anglian company secured a patent.

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Repairs cancel morning trains

Monday, March 26, 2018

Several trains between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are cancelled this morning because of repair work.

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Tributes have been paid to a dedicated charity man and Lowestoft and Beccles Lion who sent 100,000 shoeboxes of gifts to war-torn Bosnia in 1996.

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When trust breaks down between tenants and landlords the consequences can be devastating. On day two of our look into concerns over the poor state of some rented homes, we visit one block of flats in Lowestoft.

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Work has started on transforming former garage and car park plots across Norwich into affordable homes.

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The Beast from the East may have passed and the snow may have mostly melted, but the white stuff still needed to be cleared to allow the trains to run.

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Commuters on the railways are facing delays and cancellations as snow is still causing trouble for operator Greater Anglia.

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The Beast from the East is still causing havoc on public transport networks across the region.

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Railway tracks have become submerged in snow making passage impossible.

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Updated: Latest on First Bus services

Friday, March 2, 2018

Here is the latest on First Bus services in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

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Public transport is still struggling to get back up to full working order, but the disruption is less severe than the last couple of days.

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Rail passengers have been warned to only travel if necessary with snow and ice expected to bring more major disruption across the whole Greater Anglia network.

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Collection boosts Breast Cancer Care

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fundraisers from the Lowestoft-based Lauren Lou appeal, which raises money and awareness in aid of cancer charities and worthy causes, have held a successful street collection.

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The Beast from the East has blown into Great Yarmouth - much to the delight of hundreds of school children.

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Trains have been cancelled, flights delayed and roads blocked as snow sweeps the region.

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Rail bosses say they are using NASA-grade insulation to try to stop points from freezing during the cold snap.

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The first flakes of snow have started falling in Norfolk amid forecasts of sub-zero temperatures across the region this week.

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Forecasted heavy snow fall and sub-zero temperatures has forced Greater Anglia to put in place a contingency plan which could see trains cancelled across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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