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Boost to historic area of Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 05 July 2010

It is one of the most historic parts of Britain's most easterly town and now a group has been formed to give it a new lease of life.

Traders in the High Street area of Lowestoft have joined forces in a bid to encourage shoppers and tourists to explore part of the town often forgotten when visiting the resort.

It is one of the most historic parts of Britain's most easterly town and now a group has been formed to give it a new lease of life.

Traders in the High Street area of Lowestoft have joined forces in a bid to encourage shoppers and tourists to explore part of the town often forgotten when visiting the resort.

They have reformed the High Street Traders' Association to publicise more than 100 small businesses and look to capitalise on the planned new caravan park at nearby North Denes, which could attract about 15,000 visitors a year.

Carolyn Reeder, an artist and volunteer at the Lowestoft Arts Centre, has been appointed as chairman of the association.

She said: “It has to be a joint effort and everyone has to help each other. We already have 22 members and would like to get 50pc of the businesses to join.

“There is still a lot going on here to tell people about. There are a lot of restaurants and it is lively in the evenings. It's an historical part of town with a different character and it is surprising what is further up the street. There are lots of old buildings, cafes and shops.”

The High Street includes a purpose-built market area and Mrs Reeder said an aim was to stage events there.

“We want to do something with a publication, trails around the area and let people know about the history. We also want to get a website up and running and link it to other tourist sites. We think that is a very important thing to do.

“We are also negotiating for an ice rink to come here for Christmas as well as arts events and a farmer's market in the Triangle market place.”

Henry Allen, who works at the Raphael gift shop, is also a member of the association and said the proposed closure of Lowestoft Town Hall could further damage trade. Waveney District Council wants to move to a new site, called the Waveney Campus, although this project has been put on hold as review of local government in the region continues.

Mr Allen added: “Once you get one empty shop it's a domino effect but there is a huge amount of potential here. We would like to see a farmer's market, independent stalls and arts and crafts.

“We would also like to have the place cleaned up.”


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