Memories will be shared as part of a creative project that showcases Lowestoft's historic Town Hall and industrial heritage.

An "exciting" exhibition which has been "designed to inspire memories and stories of the town's working life" will take centre stage this month.

The one-day exhibition - being held from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, November 26 - at the Parcels Office at Lowestoft Railway Station is curated by writer and poet, Dean Parkin, using photos from the Jack Rose Collection.

It aims to gather content for Mr Parkin's latest video poem - produced by Poetry People and commissioned by the Town Hall Project - to celebrate the Town Hall and Lowestoft's industrial heritage.

The event is free, including refreshments, and is open to all.

Mr Parkin said: "We want to talk to people who work or have worked in local businesses and factories.

"Or maybe a family member was employed at one of the town's famous industries – like Birds Eye, Eastern Coach Works, Pye/Sanyo, or one of the canning factories.

"We want to know about your working life - and if you can bring a photo or object that tells the story of your job, please do!"

Contributions have already been gathered via Facebook posts featuring archive photographs.

Lowestoft Journal: The Lowestoft Memories Tricycle at the Co-op factories reunion event at the Parcels Office.The Lowestoft Memories Tricycle at the Co-op factories reunion event at the Parcels Office. (Image: Bob Collis)

And in recent weeks the Lowestoft Stories Tricycle – produced by Scenic Projects Ltd and designed to look like a fishing smack – has been 'mooring' at heritage events to catch conversations and distribute evocative postcards prompting written contributions.

Naomi Jaffa, co-director of Poetry People, said: "Lowestoft has such an amazing tradition of local industries past and present – from fishing town to turbine town, from Bally Shoes to Zephyr Cams.

Lowestoft Journal: Eastern Coach Works, Eastern Way, factory interior 1960sEastern Coach Works, Eastern Way, factory interior 1960s (Image: Jack Rose Collection)

"This is a chance for Lowestoft's workforce, past and present, to come together and share stories of their everyday working lives."

Mayor of Lowestoft Alan Green said: "It would be great to have as many people as possible contribute their personal stories and memories to this creative project to make something truly unique for Lowestoft.

"I am looking forward to seeing the results as the people of Lowestoft join together to celebrate our town and the historic Town Hall."

A 'fantastic opportunity'

Tony Calladine, East of England regional director for Historic England, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to capture for posterity people’s memories of working for local Lowestoft companies.

"I’m sure there are wonderful stories to be told of the celebrations and challenges of working life, friendships made, loved ones met and the changing nature of local industries and workplaces.

"I hope lots of people will share their personal stories, and I can’t wait to hear them.”

The Lowestoft Town Hall Project is a Lowestoft Town Council initiative supported by National Lottery players via The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Towns Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England and East Suffolk Council.

The new video poem - to be launched in February next year - will incorporate recollections gathered at the exhibition and will build on Poetry People's popular recent productions, ‘Right Up Your Street’ and ‘Spread a Little Kirkleyness'.