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Your Town | Beccles

Population: 10,123

Nearby Towns: Bungay, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft

Beccles is situated inland on the River Waveney, and sits at the southern point of the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads. With its own quay, the town draws in lots of tourists, and provides the perfect setting for a stroll by the river with fantastic views of the countryside and wildlife.

Beccles has been a Fairtrade Town since 2008 and Fairtrade goods can now be bought in all the supermarkets and some of the smaller shops. The main town centre combines independent shops and restaurants with some bigger, national names.

Beccles Lido, the town’s outdoor swimming pool, opens daily throughout the summer months, and is a big hit with local families.

The town has many historical landmarks including Leman House in Ballygate, which is home to Beccles Museum, and was once the local school. It also has the bell tower which stands detached from St Michael’s Church, and at 97ft tall offers spectacular views from the top across the Waveney Valley.

The town hosts a number of big events throughout the year including Beccles Carnival, Harvest Moon Free Music Festival, Beccles Duck Race, Antiques Market and a late night shopping event and Christmas lights switch on.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Joy as optician unveils new practice

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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