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Cash for Lowestoft maritime pageant

PUBLISHED: 15:55 13 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 05 July 2010

A PAGEANT marking 2,000 years of maritime history will take place next spring, thanks to a huge cash windfall.

The Lowestoft Town Management Partnership has secured £10,000 to put on the event during the latest round of Awards for All grants.

A PAGEANT marking 2,000 years of maritime history will take place next spring, thanks to a huge cash windfall.

The Lowestoft Town Management Partnership has secured £10,000 to put on the event during the latest round of Awards for All grants.

And local groups and schools will be encouraged to take part in staging it, in a hope it will provide a real boost for the area.

Linda Thornton, chief officer for the Chamber of Commerce for Lowestoft and Waveney, said: “With this funding we'll be able to do something really special and bring people back into the town centre.

“Lowestoft in particular has experienced something of an economic decline in recent years and is high on the government's indices of deprivation.

“We're working hard to turn it around and attract investment, and this pageant will be another part of the jigsaw puzzle in raising awareness of what a fantastic place it is and just how much is going on here.”

Beccles and District Museum also received a £6,813 grant towards a special exhibition about the life of Sir John Leman, whose name still adorns buildings in the area.

The influential businessman owned property all over the town and went onto become Lord Mayor of London in 1616.

The museum has teamed up with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to dust off rare artefacts that had been locked away in storage, and will launch the exhibition on April 1, 2009.

A third project in Waveney celebrating funding is Halesworth Day Centre, which has been given £5,587 to upgrade its kitchen facilities.

Awards for All is the small grants scheme administered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of lottery good cause funders, Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England.

The scheme makes awards of between £300 and £10,000 to grass-roots community groups and voluntary organisations.

Jonathan Clark, head of the east of England region for the Big Lottery Fund, said on behalf of Awards for All: “Beccles and District Museum and Lowestoft Town Management Partnership are two groups celebrating the past so that the future can be even brighter. They are helping communities to prosper through nurturing heritage, and it's great that they are two of the 53 groups awarded over £300,000 overall in this round of lottery awards.”

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