The Lowestoft community was impacted by the war in Ukraine in 2022, with our part of the world rallying round to offer refuge for women and children while collecting clothing and essentials to send to the wartorn country.

It was the year of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee but also a change in the monarchy with the death of her majesty and the appointment of King Charles III.

The lack of available dentist appointments in the area continues to be a problem, but the Gull Wing bridge progress in the construction of the eagerly awaited third crossing has brought readers welcome good news.

Here is the first of a two part-review reflecting on the past 12 months, featuring stories that hit The Journal headlines between January and June 2022.


Lowestoft Journal: The Banksy mural prior to removal.The Banksy mural prior to removal. (Image: Mick Howes)

A Banksy mural which was removed from the side of a Lowestoft building is believed to have been sold for up to £2m in the UK after talks with an auction house in California fell through.

Lowestoft Journal: Back then - the Lowestoft Pipeline Relocation Scheme got under way. Back then - the Lowestoft Pipeline Relocation Scheme got under way. (Image: Mick Howes)

Anglian Water started work on a £4.7m scheme to lay three new sewer pipes through Gunton Warren Nature Reserve as the existing pipelines were at risk from the rapidly eroding coastline

Lowestoft Journal: Images capture the extent of the damage after the train was stopped near Haddiscoe.

Passengers were left stranded and had to be evacuated when a Greater Anglia train from Lowestoft to Norwich was involved in flooding drama at Haddiscoe when part of the embankment and ballast supporting the track was washed away during high tides.


Lowestoft Journal: Excavators starting demolition at The Rosary in Pakefield.

A treasured clifftop home at Pakefield was demolished after "accelerated erosion" meant that the home would soon become unsafe.

Lowestoft Journal: Safety concerns had been raised during an inspection of the Jubilee Bridge, which runs from Belle Vue Park over The Ravine in Lowestoft.

Extensive work to repair and refurbish the historic Jubilee bridge from Belle Vue Park over The Ravine was given the go-ahead.

Lowestoft Journal: The large sign at the entrance of Gateway Retail Park has been ripped off due to heavy winds caused by Storm Eunice.

Storm Eunice wreaked havoc across Waveney as homes were left without power and lions at Africa Alive had to be relocated when a fallen tree damaged fencing around their enclosure.


Lowestoft Journal: The first section of the Gull Wing bridge arrived in Lowestoft in March this year.

It was a tight squeeze as a barge bringing in a huge 380-tonne section of the Gull Wing bridge from Belgium passed through the Bascule bridge.

Lowestoft Journal: A sign on the gate of a Sentinel Leisure Trust facility in Lowestoft.

A number of sports and leisure facilities operated by Sentinel Leisure Trust closed suddenly after the collapse of the charity.


Lowestoft Journal: Pupils from Grove Primary School, the mayor of Lowestoft Alan Green, councillors and special guests at the planting of the Oak tree at Rosedale Park in Lowestoft.

A number of schools, councils and organisations planted trees as part of the Queen's Green Canopy for the Queens Platinum Jubilee initiative

Lowestoft Journal: The South Lowestoft and Kirkley regeneration masterplan has been unveiled. Inset, East Suffolk Councillor Craig Rivett

A Blueprint for regeneration of South Lowestoft was unveiled with an array of public spaces, al-fresco dining and water features as part of the bid.


Lowestoft Journal: Zeb Soanes at sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley's studio in December as he saw the clay model of the Britten as a Boy statue for the first time

A project to raise funds for a unique new statue of Benjamin Britten as a boy was launched. It aims to site the statue on the seafront opposite to the house in which he was born.

Lowestoft Journal: Former Waveney MP Bob Blizzard

Tributes poured in for former MP Bob Blizzard following his death, aged 71. He was Waveney’s MP from 1997 to 2010 and also served as leader of the former Waveney District Council for six years.

Lowestoft Journal: Free public Wi-Fi is now available in Lowestoft.

Lowestoft became the first East Suffolk town to have free wi-fi in the town centre and seafront as part of East Suffolk Council's Digital Towns programme.


Lowestoft Journal: Crowds enjoying the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Sparrow's Nest, in Lowestoft.

Towns and villages celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee over a four-day bank holiday with music, beacon lighting, parties in parks and street parties.

Lowestoft Journal: East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft.

As thousands of people arrived in Lowestoft for the return of the First Light Festival, the transformed East Point Pavilion also opened its doors to reveal an incredible new food hall.

Lowestoft Journal: East Point Pavilion reopened under First Light Festival CIC in June 2022.