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Population: 58,560

Nearby Towns: Beccles, Bungay, Great Yarmouth

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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Canine conflicts resolved on Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Carlton Marshes

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Work is to start in the summer on creating a 39-bedroom nursing home in Great Yarmouth by demolishing a former hotel building.

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An iconic steam locomotive was unable to complete its return journey from Norwich to London.

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A decision on the future of the CCTV provision within Lowestoft is likely to be made next month.

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Steam icon Oliver Cromwell will be back on the main line from London to East Anglia tomorrow – and is expected to attract a number of admirers to watch what may be its final visit to the region.

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A little girl has done her bit to put a smile on the face of children affected by illness.

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Collection boosts Cancer Research UK

Monday, February 19, 2018

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

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The closure of train services between Norwich, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth continues this weekend for signalling improvements.

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The parent company of holiday firm Hoseasons has been bought in a billion dollar deal.

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Ashes of one of the last remaining steam engine drivers in Norwich will be scattered on the railway tracks at Eaton the same day one of the region’s most famous locomotives - the Oliver Cromwell - returns to the city.

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Buses will replace train services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth / Lowestoft and between King’s Lynn and Ely this week, Greater Anglia has announced.

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Fundraisers from the Lowestoft-based Lauren Lou appeal, which raises money and awareness in aid of cancer charities, have been involved in two events.

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A new tree has been planted in Lowestoft to mark a special milestone.

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Trains between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are cancelled this morning because of repair problems.

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Some of the stars of Norfolk and Suffolk’s tourism industries will come together this week to celebrate all that’s good about the sector.

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East Anglia’s best-known steam locomotive Oliver Cromwell is to pay a final trip to the region later this month before it is retired after 10 years on the main line.

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No trains will run on two major routes from Norwich for nine days this month, with replacement bus services instead taking on the mantle.

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A 26-year-old man woke up on his birthday in the freezing outdoors, with the cold hard floor as his bed and just a blanket to keep him warm.

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Top NHS executives met behind closed doors to probe “shocking” delays at the region’s ambulance service which may have led to a man freezing to death.

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Police are on the hunt for a 46-year-old Great Yarmouth wanted man with connections to Norwich and Lowestoft.

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A popular funny man will make a welcome return to Lowestoft to star in his fourth consecutive pantomime at the Marina Theatre.

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A number of services in and out of Norwich Railway Station have been cancelled due to a train fault.

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Future options for the CCTV provision within Lowestoft will be discussed next month.

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Airbnb has dropped its bid to take over a clutch of UK holiday operators including Hoseasons.

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Two-car crash causes delays

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Motorists were diverted after a Norfolk road was temporarily closed following a two-car crash.

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Emergency services in Great Yarmouth have teamed up to provide even quicker response times for ambulance crews.

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Trains between Norwich and Ipswich are likely to be suspended for the rest of the day, Greater Anglia said.

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Severe congestion on the roads, numerous train cancellations, widespread power outage and school closures are among the problems plaguing Norfolk and Suffolk this morning after strong winds hit the region.

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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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Real life stories of coming out are set to be told in a one-off theatre performance.

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A wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day will be held in Lowestoft next week.

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A major marine science centre on the East Anglian coast has had its request for a £1.4m grant to help renovate its ageing site approved.

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It is a centre of history that provides visitors with a taste of the town’s journey from fishing village to thriving port.

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Memorial fund supports work of charities

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A memorial fund, which was set up to support a range of organisations, has boosted two Lowestoft-based charities.

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Reminiscence groups encouraging people with dementia and mental health issues to share sporting memories are launching in six of the county’s libraries.

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Rail conductor/guards employed by Greater Anglia are to walk out on strike again for three days – but the company insists passengers in Norfolk should not face any disruption.

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Tributes have been paid to a “lovable family man” who died following a suspected hit-and-run incident.

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It has the unenviable reputation as the most dangerous main road junction in Norfolk, with the most injuries in the past decade.

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A person has died after being hit by a train in Norwich this morning.

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A person has been hit by a train in Norfolk this morning.

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Collection boosts cancer appeals fund

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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 its first collection of the New Year.

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Protesters held a demonstration at Norwich Station this morning after average rail ticket prices rose by 3.4pc, making it the biggest increase to fares since 2013.

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Commuters travelling between Lowestoft and Norwich were facing delays this afternoon due to fallen trees blocking the line.

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Whatever the sector, 2017 has been a tough year for high street traders. Consumers have less money to spend, which ultimately means businesses do too – despite growing competition for staff and increasing commodity prices.

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A group of sixth form students have donated winter clothes, bedding and blankets to help a Lowestoft-based charitable organisation.

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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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A charity supporting people affected by brain injuries is set to raise funds by hosting an afternoon of carol singing.

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Twenty-four much-needed affordable homes have been completed in Bacton in north Norfolk, to bring the total built by Victory Housing Trust in a year to 200 for the first time.

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Thousands of jobs, billions of pounds of investment and green energy for millions of homes - business leaders today called on the region to embrace the chances offered by building the world’s largest offshore wind farms.

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A social enterprise which provides community health services in Norfolk and Waveney has been highly commended for two prestigious awards.

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Sector leaders say efforts must be made to ensure East Anglia’s tourism industry doesn’t lose out should Airbnb be successful in buying one of the region’s top holiday companies.

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A volunteer at a popular community centre has been honoured at a special awards ceremony.

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Room-sharing website Airbnb looks set to take over a 70-year-old holiday business which started in the Norfolk Broads.

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Gallery: Behind the scenes of Norwich panto dream factory

Thursday, December 7, 2017

You may have actors, dancers, musicians and panto script but you also need some stunning backdrops. That is where a Lowestoft-based company comes in bringing festive productions, including the one at Norwich Theatre Royal, to life.

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The crew of a historic tall ship is looking to the future after an incredible journey.

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