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IN PHOTOS: Stories which made The Journal headlines in 2019

PUBLISHED: 16:01 02 January 2020

Damaged beach huts at Pakefield Beach. Photo: James Carr.

Damaged beach huts at Pakefield Beach. Photo: James Carr.

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2019 was a year which saw a number of store closures, with some well known names disappearing from the shopping scene.

The huts after the spring tide surged onto Pakefield Beach. photo: James Carr.The huts after the spring tide surged onto Pakefield Beach. photo: James Carr.

However there was good news with the opening in Lowestoft of a new operations and maintenance base for East Anglia's largest offshore windfarm and a state-of-the-art energy training centre at East Coast College.

The cliffs at Pakefield beach have been badly eroded with the first row of caravans on Pakefield Caravan Park now being in danger of going over the edge of the cliff. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe cliffs at Pakefield beach have been badly eroded with the first row of caravans on Pakefield Caravan Park now being in danger of going over the edge of the cliff. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

JANUARY

January 11 - High tide damage was caused to beach huts temporarily placed on the sand.

The official launch of the Lowestoft Community Fridge project. Pictures: Mark BoggisThe official launch of the Lowestoft Community Fridge project. Pictures: Mark Boggis

FEBRUARY

East Suffolk Council is now operational, replacing Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils. Picture: Thomas ChapmanEast Suffolk Council is now operational, replacing Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils. Picture: Thomas Chapman

February 22 - A seaside caravan park moved caravans from a cliff edge following a period of severe coastal erosion.

It was a good day for the Green Party as the Conservatives assumed overall control of the new East Suffolk Council. Picture: Thomas ChapmanIt was a good day for the Green Party as the Conservatives assumed overall control of the new East Suffolk Council. Picture: Thomas Chapman

MARCH

March 15 - The first Community Fridge in Suffolk was launched at St Andrews Church in Roman Road.

Brexit Party East of England MEP June Mummery. Picture: Stuart AndersonBrexit Party East of England MEP June Mummery. Picture: Stuart Anderson

APRIL

Some of the crowds at the First Light Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick HowesSome of the crowds at the First Light Festival in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes

April 5 - Two councils merged into one to form the new East Suffolk Council authority.

Ormiston Denes Academy students in Lowestoft on the red carpet at East Coast Cinema in town for the general release of Yesterday. Pictures: Mick HowesOrmiston Denes Academy students in Lowestoft on the red carpet at East Coast Cinema in town for the general release of Yesterday. Pictures: Mick Howes

MAY

May 10 and 31 - The inaugural East Suffolk Council elections saw the Conservatives win control, while in the European elections June Mummery was elected MEP.

Traffic choas at the Gateway Retail Park junction on Tower Road, opposite Cooke Road. PHOTO: Mick HowesTraffic choas at the Gateway Retail Park junction on Tower Road, opposite Cooke Road. PHOTO: Mick Howes

JUNE

Inside Lowestoft Signal Box, during the Heritage Open Days Festival in the town. Pictures: Mick HowesInside Lowestoft Signal Box, during the Heritage Open Days Festival in the town. Pictures: Mick Howes

June 28 - Thousands of revellers attended the First Light Festival to celebrate the seafront summer Solstice.

Flooding in Aldwyck Way, Lowestoft on Sunday, October 6 2019. Picture: Mick HowesFlooding in Aldwyck Way, Lowestoft on Sunday, October 6 2019. Picture: Mick Howes

JULY

July 5 - Staff and students from Ormiston Denes Academy hit the red carpet in London as they attended the premiere of 'Yesterday'.

The A47 Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft was stuck in the upright position and closed in both directions following a technical fault. Picture: Lowestoft CentralThe A47 Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft was stuck in the upright position and closed in both directions following a technical fault. Picture: Lowestoft Central

AUGUST

August 9 - Gateway Retail Park opens but fears were raised the layout is an accident waiting to happen.

Peter Aldous held the Waveney seat again. PHOTO: Reece HansonPeter Aldous held the Waveney seat again. PHOTO: Reece Hanson

SEPTEMBER

September 27 - The Heritage Open Day events attracted more than 15,000 visits in Lowestoft.


OCTOBER

October 11 - Homes on Aldwyck Way were evacuated when heavy floods struck.

NOVEMBER

November 15 - Traffic gridlock hit the town after a 'technical fault' caused the Bascule Bridge to fail.

DECEMBER

December 20 - A General Election saw Peter Aldous voted in as Waveney MP once more.


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