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The new head of SET Beccles School has hailed the start of the new term and school year.

Tributes have been paid to a former stalwart of a non-league football club who died in the USA aged 63.

A 32-year-old Suffolk man will face trial later this year after denying child sex offences.

Organisers have hailed the success of a pop-up food and drink market.

Google ‘farmer purple flowers’ and you’ll be greeted with glorious images of a north Essex farmer amid a stunning array of his flowering echium crop.

A pop-up food and drink market is set to be held in a town centre next weekend.

A skip fire was quickly tackled by firefighters.

A man has been taken to hospital after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest.

A man in his 40s was airlifted to hospital following a crash.

High streets in 12 Suffolk towns are to get a major boost after hundreds of thousands of pounds were approved for a project to provide free Wi-Fi and footfall tracking.

Sweeties traditional sweet shop in Suffolk has had a huge demand for deliveries during the Covid-19 crisis.

It’s Independent Bookshop Week from June 20-27 and bookshops are reopening to browsers and buyers after months of keeping us reading with online and phone orders

Plans to begin improving cycle routes across Suffolk have been given the green light, with work to begin on detailed proposals for 20 priority routes.

A man was sprayed in the face with an aerosol, had sweets thrown at him and subjected to foul and abusive language at a skate park.

The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent group at Suffolk County Council has adopted a new leader.

An auction room is set to resume bidding with plans to reopen later this month.

A woman was taken to hospital following a serious fall.

Sailing equipment including outboard motors, kayaks and rowing dinghies has been stolen from a boating club.

A new Co-op Travel store could be about to fill an empty betting shop in Beccles town centre after proposals were approved by planners.

A children’s home in Beccles is to be sold and a replacement site found because costs for repairs will be too high.

Greater Anglia’s new trains caused yet more woe for commuters this morning as two main commuter services on the East Suffolk Line were cancelled due to faults.

A woman appealing a conviction for failing to stop dogs in her kennels barking and annoying her neighbours said the case had had a “terrible” impact on her.

Calls for a whole town to be under a 20mph speed limit have been backed by councillors and campaigners alike as they try to stop HGVs ignoring a new £7m relief road.

An independent opticians is marking its 13th year in Beccles with a move to a new, larger practice.

Department store chain Beales has collapsed into administration - putting the jobs of more than 1,000 people at risk.

A department store chain with sites across the county has put itself up for sale as it attempts to battle tough high street conditions.

An artist inspired by the East Anglian countryside is preparing for a fundraising exhibition after completing 100 drawings in 100 days to help a farming mental health charity.

A Norfolk bull has become the county’s first national Belted Galloway supreme champion – illustrating the growing reputation of this hardy Scottish breed in the East Anglian lowlands.

A rare chance to tour one of East Anglia’s more unusual farm crops will be on offer at a charity open day this weekend.

When aptly-named Cromer town crier Jason Bell first stepped into the role 35 years ago, he expected to be called on once a year to support the town’s summer carnival.

Three years after work began on a new care home for Beccles, Dell House has officially opened its doors.

A mother has hit out at vandals who scrawled offensive images and homophobic slurs on equipment at a children’s play park.

An inquest has opened into the death of a man whose body was found in woodland the day after he went missing.

A student has launched an LGBTQIA+ support group in Beccles after he was “sick of being referred to as the only gay in the village”.

Determined residents have called for the Southern Relief Road in Beccles to be named after their village, and not after artist local artist Joe Crowfoot.

With a gym, an outdoor barbecue and stunning views across the Somerleyton Marshes, Orchard House is no ordinary family home.

As part of a new EDP project, we’re casting a close eye on life in our towns. Today, reporter Reece Hanson takes a look at the UK’s most easterly town: Lowestoft.

Beccles is celebrating more than a decade of supporting ethical food production as a Fairtrade town.

Waveney River Centre has announced that it will be offering luxury boating holidays, starting in Easter.

A Second World War engineer who had no known relatives was honoured at a funeral by members of the RAF association.

A £7m relief road has still not been named after the beloved artist it was intended to honour as those responsible for the signs claim they were not aware they needed to install them.

Motorists are facing weeks of fresh disruption on the A140 amid a series of roadwork projects and the construction of a new slip road into a controversial new service area.

A boxing gym with branches in Norwich, Lowestoft and Beccles is launching a new academy in partnership with an agency aimed at improving the lives of young people.

The community have been asked to donate their crisp packets, toothbrushes and contact lenses in a new recycling initiative.

The familiar taste of Paravanni’s ice cream is etched in to the memory of generations across the region.

The community have recognised the hard work of dedicated members in the Beccles Community Awards.

Owners of some of the most remarkable homes in East Anglia share their halls, farmhouses, moated manors or towers with visitors as part of Invitation to View 2019.

Thinking of moving this year? Find out where Norfolk and Suffolk’s property hotspots are likely to be – as told by the experts.

Parravani’s is celebrating its 121st birthday, as it takes the crown for oldest independent ice cream maker in the country.

An 85-year-old grandmother says she has twice tried to take her own life after serious concerns went unanswered at a care home rated inadequate.

A charity that works with people living with disabilities in Great Yarmouth has received a surprise donation from a building contractor.

A major A-road was blocked following a collision between several vehicles.

A charity has been left stunned by a “whopping” windfall that will secure its lifeline service helping hundreds of people just as it faces new demands on its budget.

Laura Ashley is set to close around 40 stores as part of an expansion plan from its new chairman.

The mayor of Beccles went head-to-head with the town’s pantomine dame in a fierce bake-off challenge.

Rail lines were blocked after a points failure at Lowestoft train station this morning.

One of Beccles’ most famous exports could become the face of the new £50 note.

Is ‘change’ always ‘progress’? Take a look and decide

The founder of a Norfolk charity which was set up to support people diagnosed with Aspergers and high functioning autism has been awarded an MBE.

The magical glow of Christmas will soon be illuminating towns across Waveney as festive lights switch-on events take centre stage.

It is described as a “spectacular family musical.”

Two towns which have been stripped of a police presence in the latest restructuring of the force are calling for more to be done in rural communities.

A vehicle fire at a village in North Suffolk has been attended by both the Suffolk and Norfolk fire service.

A busy road will be closed for more than three weeks while work to install a new crossing gets under way after months of delays.

An event to raise awareness of the difficulties that visually impaired and blind people face as part of their every day routines has been hailed a success.

Cyclists, roller-bladers and walkers took to the new Beccles Relief Road as part of an event before its official opening.

Beccles’ new £7m southern relief road will open to the public for two hours on Saturday for a family walk or cycle before its official opening.

The UK’s largest fishing tackle and equipment retailer, based in Norfolk, has opened its 23rd store.

A memorial to an often overlooked town hero and new children’s play equipment could be among the community-boosting schemes brought to fruition by a mayor’s fundraising.

From Rackheath to the Rhine – the UK’s largest fishing tackle specialist is casting its net wider as it looks to take on the European market.

A river bank which was falling into the water has been repaired and had improved accessibility installed by the Environment Agency.

Do you love the town of Beccles and have a passion for your community?

Find out where to buy the best ice cream in the east.

One of Beccles’ most prized community assets will soon be under control of its town council.

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.

Plans to put apartments and houses in a former police station have prompted concerns from the town’s mayor.

It’s 10 years since a vaccine was introduced to protect young women from the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

A Norwich-based fishing tackle retailer has acquired another competitor in a £125,000 deal.

A town’s community spirit was epitomised as a popular weekly market celebrated its 40th anniversary.

At a Suffolk hospital, herbs and fruit trees provide a sensory experience for dementia patients that they care for.

Concerns have been raised over plans to build 280 new homes in Beccles with residents fearing it will increase the strain on the town’s infrastructure and worsen existing traffic dilemmas.

Bus users on the coast will need to check timetables after changes were announced by First Norfolk and Suffolk.

“If someone had told me 20 years ago this is what I was going to do, I would not have believed them.”

The new mayor of Beccles is hoping to improve the town’s facilities for younger generations while also recognising its past accomplishments during her year in office.

The UK’s largest fishing tackle retailer has hailed a “transformational year” in its first set of results since making a splash on the stock market.

Beccles-based woodturner Andy Coates took it in his stride when Channel 4 asked him to make a scold’s chair in order to duck Professor Alice Roberts in the River Wensum

Easter treasure hunts, Norfolk Spring Fling, Alice in Wonderland, outdoor theatre, fireworks and adventures in the countryside. Simon Parkin highlights great ways to keep the kids entertained outdoors over the Easter holidays.

Two Rotarians were presented with special awards for their dedication at the Rotary Club of Beccles’ 69th charter night celebrations.

Italian restaurant chain Prezzo could be the latest business to close sites after reports emerged of a restructuring plan.

A stalwart of the Beccles community has seen his years of dedication pay off as he was installed as the new rector of the town.

A foster mother received a rare moment in the limelight as she was made an MBE for three decades of devoted care-giving.

Members of the public will be trained to become special police informants as part of a new trial scheme across Suffolk.

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.

Construction workers have moved in on Beccles fire station, as the first stages of expanding the site get under way.

Traffic on the A146 has returned to normal after a crash caused major delays this morning.

An armada of the region’s boating businesses are heading to the capital for the annual London Boat Show, hoping to take a slice of the £3bn market.

It was a little more than three and a half years ago that Miles Weston first came to the Broads to look at a boat his father was interested in buying.

The year 2017 will always be a memorable one for Beccles-based photographer Joe Brady.

Community spirit is alive and kicking with over 30 organisations and charities across Norfolk spreading some Christmas cheer this year.

Community heroes have been honoured for their incredible contributions to groups and projects in Beccles.

A business support organisation is bringing back a popular range of skills workshops for start-ups in Suffolk and Norfolk.

In a few days many of us will be quaffing large quantities of alcohol as part of the Christmas over-indulgence. But, as Trevor Heaton discovers, a Norfolk-linked research project has uncovered the darker historical side to our love affair with booze.

A who’s who of the best firms in sailing, motorboating, holidays, spare parts and boat sales is looking forward to a busy time at the London Boat Show in January.

He was the man behind one of the most evil villains in science fiction history - Davros, creator of the Daleks.

In a time of uncertainty for the high street, a Beccles department store has bucked the trend with the addition of two big retail names.

The phrase ‘Beeching Axe’ is back in the news, with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling saying some lost railways could be reopened. Steven Russell looks back to the day the planned cuts rocked East Anglia

First snow comes and goes

Thursday, November 30, 2017

East Anglia has welcomed the first snowfall since last winter, but it is not expected to stick around.

Cafe Jungle in Beccles is now offering a gluten-free brunch.

A man has spoken of the surreal moment he awoke to find a lorry with a load full of pigs crashing into his house.

A college student took to the skies in aid of a cancer charity.

The future of a popular public space looks certain to have been settled after an agreement was put in place for it to be taken over by the town council.

A ghostly theme park is the setting for this year’s Halloween Spooktacular at Great Yarmouth’s Hippodrome Circus.

A volunteer-led charity is celebrating 25 years of making one of the East’s most well recognised landmarks even more accessible.

Bells will toll for a fallen Beccles ringer next month, as the 100th anniversary of his death is marked.

Construction will begin this week on a long-awaited road for Beccles, which will remove heavy traffic and enhance the local economy.

An artist known for capturing breathtaking scenes of the seas and the skies has died after battling cancer.

The East Suffolk rail line is to be closed between Ipswich and Halesworth for nine days to allow a team of engineers to install five miles of new track.

A fishing tackle retailer is hoping to reel in £9m when it floats on the stock exchange.

A retired GP who realised her dream of opening a jewellery shop after 35 years is breaking even after just eight months.

We asked the general election candidates in Norfolk and Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them today. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:

We asked the general election candidates in Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them on Thursday, June 8. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:

A day centre which provides services for adults with disabilities is in desperate need of a volunteer minibus driver.

A traditional sport drew crowds this weekend.

A sports equipment manufacturer has bought a firm which has made products used at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, formerly the Millennium Stadium, Wembley Stadium and the Stade de France in Paris.

Concerns have been raised over plans to build nearly 1,000 new homes in Worlingham.

The last surviving mayor of Beccles from its days as a borough has died.

Drivers in one of our local authority areas are among the best in the country at dodging parking fines, new figures have revealed.

A venue has been announced for the third annual East Anglian Storytelling Festival.

A legendary story of a high profile bank robbery in Beccles is being told for the first time.

A new chapter in the history of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads has begun with a tourism campaign celebrating its international significance.

They gave their lives during the darkest hours on the home front during the Second World War - and now their sacrifices have been remembered.

Plaques has been unveiled to remember police officers who died while protecting the people of Great Yarmouth during the Second World War.

Work is to start on a long-awaited road for Beccles which will remove heavy traffic from the town and boost the local economy.

The production company behind a new TV show about people being reunited with someone from their past is calling on residents from the Waveney area to appear on the programme.

Construction company Bateman Groundworks has won two new contracts worth more than £5m.

For 15-year-old Charlie Brooks the thrill and adrenaline he feels while racing his motorbike is a dream come true.

A weight loss coach has been recognised for her outstanding service to Weight Watchers members.

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.

Suffen rum happened when the Friends of Norfolk Dialect (Fond) scriptwriters got to work on their panto version of the Wizard of Oz, performed in East Tuddenham Village Hall.

Growing construction company Ovamill has been doing building work on its own site, reflecting the Beccles-based firm’s expansion.

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.

A strong case has been made for reallocating Waveney court hearings to make them more accessible for witnesses, defendants and victims of crime, community leaders and solicitors have said.

Morrisons stores across Norfolk and Waveney have appointed specific people to help customers during what the supermarket believes will be the ‘heaviest’ shopping week of the year.

From candles and greetings cards to jams and chutney there were many marvellous handmade creations on offer for all to enjoy at an inaugural craft market.

Witnesses and victims of crime could be forced to give evidence to a court from a videolink in the back of a van, it has emerged.

A long-awaited new road for Beccles which is set to remove heavy traffic from the town and boost the local economy has finally been given the green light.

A mum who once got so out of breath chasing her little girl up the stairs that she was unable to read her a bedtime story has lost nearly half her body weight to win a national award.

A clean-up operation has been completed on the A146 between Beccles and Norwich following an oil spill.

Firefighters from Lowestoft are tackling a barn fire in Mutford.

Residents of Beccles and beyond are being invited to have their say on potential changes to the way minor injury services are delivered in the town.

A petition has been launched to gather support for two major services at Beccles Hospital after speculation about their future.

They have just returned from a gruelling mountain trek in Peru, and now three members of a charity group are ready for their next mission - driving from Beccles to Venice in a £150 car.

The man who went into cardiac arrest at Beccles Lido and was airlifted to hospital earlier this week has died.

A charity football match is being revived after a four-year break in memory of a dedicated football legend dubbed ‘Mr Beccles FC.’

Firefighters freed two people trapped in a car after a crash on the A146 near Beccles.

A woman was arrested in Beccles in the early hours of Saturday morning for attacking two police officers.

A baker who has spent years supporting a charity for the armed forces has smashed his £50,000 fundraising target - and has dedicated the success to his late wife.

A 71-year-old dishonestly claimed £162,000 in benefits in the name of a fictitious woman during a decade-long fraud.

The Sotterley Country Fair, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow (Sunday), has been cancelled due to the bad weather.

Girls are being urged to consider a career in engineering in a bid to break the pattern which has led the UK to have the lowest proportion of female engineers in Europe.

The authorities in Beccles have announced plans to clamp down on a marauding gang which has been rampaging through the town in recent weeks.

A headteacher has paid tribute to a seven-year-old girl who drowned at a swimming pool in Burgh St Peter – saying the “whole community is affected by this terrible news”.

Emergency services were called to an accident involving two vehicles on the A146 at Beccles Road, Barnby on Tuesday afternoon.

Property editor, Caroline Culot, visits one of the most architecturally unique properties in East Anglia.

Events were held across the Waveney Valley today to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday.

As the Queen marks her 90th birthday, companies across Norfolk and Waveney have been honoured with a royal seal of approval.

For the first time this year a prince is being sought to stand alongside Miss Beccles and her two princess attendants at Beccles Carnival.

Construction of the long-awaited Beccles Southern Relief Road has been delayed and will not go ahead this spring as originally planned.

Two men, including one who was armed with a knuckle duster, who were involved in a violent late night attack on two other men in their 40s outside a Beccles pub have been jailed for a total of more than six years.

Two brothers have today told how they thought they were going to be killed by masked armed raiders.

For many passengers, it will be music to their ears - although there may be some seeking out the refuge of a quieter carriage.

Parts of the River Waveney have undergone a makeover in time for the new season of a popular Beccles tourist attraction.

STAYING SAFE: More children will be safer when taking part in outside activities thanks to an ongoing campaign by a Southwold based opticians.

A road has been named in honour of a much-loved former mayor and long-standing councillor who left a lasting legacy on the town he served.

Unauthorised vehicles using land in Beccles are to be targeted as part of measures agreed this week by the town council.

As a government report reveals the transgender community is being failed, one transgender woman describes her experiences and the issues she faces.

Norwich Theatre Royal is celebrating a bumper festive season with the venue’s Christmas show generating a record-breaking £1,072,236 at the box office.

Just five days to go and we’re ready for action.

Police are making enquiries after a man was seen carrying a dead swan over his shoulder in Beccles.

A woman has spoken of her shock at a decision to cut six beds at a Norfolk community hospital where her son has spent the past 11 years.

An embryonic academy trust for Catholic schools has revealed its name - and said its formation could help avoid job losses and safeguard the future of some of its smallest members.

Community figures in Beccles, Halesworth and Eye have spoken of their disappointment following the news that the police stations in all three towns will close to the public next year.

First Group’s buses have ridden in to save the day.

Beccles Road has been cleared after a crash in Hales blocked the A146.

A 26-year-old Beccles man who was jailed in September after raping a woman in her bed has had his sentence increased.

It may have taken almost a century, but dreams have become reality for devoted football followers.

A group of friends have completed a gruelling 10k challenge overcoming 75 obstacles along the route to raise money for a young mother of three who has incurable cancer.

A screening of the Rocky Horror Show which was forced to change venue has now been cancelled altogether.

Our towns and villages will soon sparkle with Christmas lights. Here’s all you need to know about when and where the lights will be turned on over the coming weeks.

From the Fens to the east coast and from North Norfolk to the heart of Suffolk, the message to France is clear: We stand united in showing our solidarity.

An investigation has taken place into an incident over Beccles where a parachutist reported that an unknown aircraft flew underneath him during a jump earlier this year.

Police have named the woman in her 70s killed in Beccles on Friday as Barbara Smith.

Plans have been submitted to build 15 bungalows on a site to the west of Hopton, between the A12 and Lowestoft Road, next to another new development of homes.

Beccles’ popular beer festival will be returningto the Public Hall next weekend for the fourth year.

Health bosses have sought to reassure staff working in hospitals faced with closure that they will remain in their jobs.

A row has broken out over plans to screen the Rocky Horror Picture Show in a Beccles church.

Catholic schools in our area are set to press ahead with plans to band together in a multi-academy trust – which could pave the way for new satellite schools or sixth forms.

A woman in her 20s is in a critical condition at Addenbrooke’s Hospital following a collision in Beccles.

A crash in Gillingham blocked the A146 southbound this morning.

A Beccles man who knocked his wife unconscious and carried her body around the streets of London has been spared jail.

Improvements have been made to the inpatient ward at a community hospital after concerns were raised about the standards of quality and safety.

As a tall man with a moustache and a tendency to get a little manic at times, Edmond Wells had earned a reputation of being a bit of a Basil Fawlty – something he says he took in his stride.

A police appeal has been launched to help find a man from Mutford near Beccles who has not been seen since he left work in Norwich yesterday.

A Beccles man has been jailed after raping a woman in her bed in what police have described as a “truly abhorrent crime”.

A 26-year-old man has been jailed for five years and four months after raping a woman in her bed in what was described as a ‘truly abhorrent crime’.

A memory ride has been organised by friends of motocross rider Tom Pattison, who died at Blaxhall Circuit on Sunday.

An East Anglian farmer has invited a group of refugees to pay a visit next week and pick produce grown on his land.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Beccles to witness the carnival procession consisting of more than 45 entries including a pirate ship, samba band, dance troupes and community groups.

Two days of family entertainment will be on offer this weekend with the annual Beccles Carnival.

A 27-year-old man arrested during an unlicensed music event in the Aldeby area near Beccles, has been charged with drug offences.

The parents of an eight-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorders have been fined for taking her on a charity-funded holiday.

The all-new MX-5 sports car proved a huge hit with customers when previewed at Wrights Mazda with the Norwich and Beccles dealership having already taken around 20 orders.

More than 600 ducks have been sent out to schools and local businesses in preparation for this year’s Beccles Duck Race.

Suffolk County Council has agreed proposals for 20mph speed limits to be introduced in some streets in Beccles.

Three people were taken to hospital after a two car crash in Beccles with one car ending up on its roof.

Plans to introduce 20mph speed limits in some streets in Beccles are due to be discussed by Suffolk County Council next week.

Police have returned to a street in Beccles in a bid to find potential witnesses to an incident in which a gunman threatened another man.

A swimming pool which closed when a boy died after falling unconscious while swimming there has reopened.

Tributes have been paid to a 15-year-old boy who died days after being rescued from Beccles Lido.

Firefighters battled a major fire at a pet store in Beccles last night.

A teenager who was rescued at Beccles Lido last week has died in hospital.

Police patrols are being stepped up on the streets of Beccles after two separate sightings of a gunman over two days.

Armed police have been called to Beccles after a man was seen with a gun this morning.

Armed police were called to a street in Beccles on Monday morning after a man threatened another with a gun behind the NatWest bank.

Almost 200 bags of rubbish have been collected by a team of residents and councillors following 12 litter picks in Beccles.

A charity which provides services for adults with disabilities and elderly people has celebrated its 33rd birthday with the unveiling of a new £55,000 minibus.

A wide variety of food and drinks stalls greeted visitors to Beccles’ first food and drink festival which has been hailed a great success.

They are known to feed on human blood for survival and are immortal creatures but the blood thirsty vampire is now a fixture in popular fiction with numerous television programmes and films featuring them.

The region’s young people could be pivotal in protecting the history and landscape of the Broads under an ambitious multi-million pound vision.

Two air rifles, 18 deactivated assault rifles and power tools were some of the items stolen from a pre-fabricated building in Beccles at the weekend.

It may not have the ‘cool’ image of the guitar but in Beccles the ukulele is the instrument of choice.

A change of location didn’t stop the crowds turning up to enjoy the music and entertainment on offer at the Rose May Fete.

A multi-million pound building project at Gorleston’s James Paget Hospital is back on track after it was knocked off course by a lightning strike.

Health care, education, housing, transport and the hunting ban came under the spotlight tonight, as South Norfolk politicians gathered in Norwich for the second EDP online debate.

People who have the ‘need for speed’ are being urged to sign up to a go-karting race with a difference.

A Beccles woman has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences following a fatal crash in Braintree, Essex which led to the deaths of three men.

A new group has been launched in Beccles to tackle child cruelty locally and raise awareness and support for the NSPCC.

The Society of Biology unveiled the plaque outside a laboratory in the school which is also named after the scientist.

A Bungay couple have been 
left stunned but delighted at 
the mysterious return of a stolen bike.

Time has run out for one of East Anglia’s most unusual timepieces.

It was a tragedy which devastated four families and left a community in shock.

A Bahamas spirit was generated at churches around the region to mark the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer.

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