Public encouraged to submit ideas for national heritage celebration
PUBLISHED: 09:51 10 April 2018
Planning is under way as a town prepares to celebrate the very best of its hidden treasures.
The newly-formed Heritage Open Days steering group for Lowestoft is currently making arrangements for this year’s festival, which will take place across the nation over a period of eight days from September 6 to 9 and 13 to 16.
Heritage Open Days, with the festival that surrounds it, was established in 1994 and is held annually to promote heritage in all its forms throughout the UK.
Each September, people all over the country join together for several days to celebrate what makes their towns and villages special. Thousands of cultural beacons with varying ages, styles and functions open their doors to members of the public free of charge.
On the Suffolk coast, a small team of volunteers are in the process of planning Lowestoft’s own contribution to the 2018 edition of the event, which is funded by the National Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Paul King, who is part of the steering group and helped organise last year’s festivities, encouraged more people to come forward with their ideas for this year’s heritage sites.
“As well as many favourites from last year, we are now also looking for new buildings around the town to take part,” he said.
“We are also planning to include various heritage-themed events to take place during the Open Days festival such as concerts, recitals, walks, displays and exhibitions.
“We’re trying to encompass as many aspects of ‘heritage’ as possible including music, arts, theatre and maritime, as well as public gardens, history and architecture.”
Among the highlights in 2017 was an opportunity to see the interior of Lowestoft Town Hall, noted for its grand facade and three magnificent stained glass windows.
Visitors also climbed aboard the last surviving fishing vessel built in Lowestoft, the Mincarlo trawler, which was retired in 1989 and is now permanently docked.
Mr King added: “This is a great opportunity for community groups, business owners, schools and any other interested parties to get involved and celebrate the great heritage that our town has to offer to local residents and visitors from further afield.”
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