Heritage day will explore stories and history of the region

Elizabeth Talbot will open the day. Picture: Ian Burt

Elizabeth Talbot will open the day. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

A day dedicated to the history of the east coast will delve into the stories and heritage of Lowestoft and the surrounding area.

Organised by the Suffolk Family History Society, the event will see Flog-It star Elizabeth Talbot open the day's events.

The day, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, June 16, is free entry and will take place at the Lowestoft campus of East Coast College with an organised walk on Sunday, June 17.

Speakers at the event will include Sarah Doig talking about Daniel Defoe and Ivan Bunn discussing John Louth Clemence, costing £2 per talk or £3 for both with heritage food available to buy as well as wet fish.

Alongside talks there will be heritage and history groups with stalls at the event including Blundeston Local History Group, Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaelogy Society, and the Jack Rose Old Lowestoft Society.

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Other attendees will be Lowestoft Archaeology and Local History Society, Lowestoft Movie Makers, Lowestoft Heritage Centre, Nelson Museum Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft Maritime Museum, Lowestoft Museum, Southwold Museum, Suffolk Family History Group, and Waveney District Council Heritage Action Zone.

Bert Collyer and Bob Collis will present a photographic exhibition alongside a net-mending, splicing, and whipping demonstration by local fisherman.

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On Sunday, Mr Collis will lead a walk around the north of the town starting at the Flint House Cafe in the High Street near the Triangle Market.

A spokesman said: 'The walk may take in the scores, local paths and steps that linked the historic north Lowestoft on top of the cliff with the beach village and the working areas linked to the fishing trade such as the net stores which are at sea level, so you will need to climb steps.'

The East Coast College will also have an art exhibition on the same day from its higher education students in their main building which is open to the public to view.

The maritime department at the college will have its bridge simulator so the public can try bringing a ship into Lowestoft harbour and through the two bridges.

The event will be at the Astral Building of the Lowestoft campus of the East Coast College at 10am till 4pm on Saturday, June 16. More information can be found at www.suffolkfhs.org.uk.

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