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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.

The Green, Liberal Democrat and Independent group at East Suffolk Council has changed leader for the year ahead.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Fire crew tackles skip blaze

Saturday, July 18, 2020

A skip fire was quickly tackled by firefighters.

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

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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A woman was taken to hospital following a serious fall.

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

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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.

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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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