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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.

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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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.

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

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

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

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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".

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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