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The top stories which made The Journal headlines in 2018

PUBLISHED: 08:43 11 January 2019

The Folly costs more than 15 times the price of a similar chalet on the Felixstowe seafront, on sale for £8,500 Picture: DURRANTS

The Folly costs more than 15 times the price of a similar chalet on the Felixstowe seafront, on sale for £8,500 Picture: DURRANTS

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Welcome to That Was The Year That Was, a three-part review of an eventful 2018 as compiled by MICK HOWES and MARK BOGGIS.

The aftermath of the ram raid in Kessingland.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe aftermath of the ram raid in Kessingland. Picture: Nick Butcher

In the final part, we look back at the period between September and December.

Connecting Lowestoft partners visited the project's key sites. Photo: Neil DidsburyConnecting Lowestoft partners visited the project's key sites. Photo: Neil Didsbury

SEPTEMBER

A wooden chalet in Southwold was put on the market for £150,000.

The former Lowestoft magistrates court building is now up for sale.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe former Lowestoft magistrates court building is now up for sale. Picture: Nick Butcher

Villagers in Kessingland called for more police officers in rural areas following a ram-raid attack to steal a cash machine from a village store.

Leaders from across Suffolk came together at the site of the third crossing to launch an infrastructure project called ‘Connecting Lowestoft.’

ATM street artist painting a mural on the side of Smith Brother Timber, Oulton Broad for Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Picture: Nick ButcherATM street artist painting a mural on the side of Smith Brother Timber, Oulton Broad for Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Picture: Nick Butcher

OCTOBER

Thin Ice Project provides emergency accommodation and specialist support for those that find themselves homeless or vulnerable over the winter months in Lowestoft and surrounding areas. It runs from November 1 until February 28. Picture: Access Community TrustThin Ice Project provides emergency accommodation and specialist support for those that find themselves homeless or vulnerable over the winter months in Lowestoft and surrounding areas. It runs from November 1 until February 28. Picture: Access Community Trust

The former magistrates court was sold to local businessman and developer Peter Colby to “benefit Lowestoft.”

A nationally renowned street artist created a series of spectacular wildlife murals as part of a new trail in Lowestoft.

Bailey Bridge near Southwold Harbour.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNBailey Bridge near Southwold Harbour. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Access Community Trust unveiled a new initiative called ‘The Thin Ice Project’ to give emergency accommodation for the homeless and vulnerable in Lowestoft over the winter period.

Entertainment aplenty at the Lowestoft Summer Festival 2018. James Bond Concert. Pictures: Mick HowesEntertainment aplenty at the Lowestoft Summer Festival 2018. James Bond Concert. Pictures: Mick Howes

NOVEMBER

Severe corrosion was found after the Bailey Bridge between Southwold and Walberswick was closed on safety grounds. It was later reopened after safety measures were completed.

The ribbon is cut at the grand unveiling of The Limes Primary Academy in Oulton. Pictures: Mick HowesThe ribbon is cut at the grand unveiling of The Limes Primary Academy in Oulton. Pictures: Mick Howes

Organisers cancelled the Lowestoft Summer Festival in 2019 after this year’s event was too loud.

A ribbon was cut to unveil the Limes Primary Academy, the town’s latest school, at the heart of Woods Meadow development.

The team at Victoria Road Surgery in Lowestoft has signed up to become the districts very first parkrun practice. Picture: Parkrun LowestoftThe team at Victoria Road Surgery in Lowestoft has signed up to become the districts very first parkrun practice. Picture: Parkrun Lowestoft

DECEMBER

Southwold Community group SouthGen celebrate the exchange of contracts for the acquisition of the old Southwold Hospital.Southwold Community group SouthGen celebrate the exchange of contracts for the acquisition of the old Southwold Hospital.

The team at Victoria Road surgery in Lowestoft signed up to be the first practice in the district to prescribe Parkrun to patients.

A regeneration group in Southwold was awarded £150,000 grant from New Anglia Local Enterprise partnership to redevelop a former hospital site.✖

Christine Cutts has now taken in Holly and Ivy for Christmas. Photo: Cats Protection Anglia Coastal.Christine Cutts has now taken in Holly and Ivy for Christmas. Photo: Cats Protection Anglia Coastal.

A pair of helpless kittens were found shivering and alone after being abandoned on Christmas Eve in Lowestoft.

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