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'Major restoration project' unveiled as station preview event proves popular

PUBLISHED: 09:59 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 09:59 21 June 2019

The new Parcels Office Public Exhibition Space at Lowestoft Railway Station has been unveiled as a special preview event attracted several hundred people.
Photographer David Pearce with his Departures exhibition at Lowestoft Station. Picture: Lowestoft Central Project

The new Parcels Office Public Exhibition Space at Lowestoft Railway Station has been unveiled as a special preview event attracted several hundred people. Photographer David Pearce with his Departures exhibition at Lowestoft Station. Picture: Lowestoft Central Project

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A new public exhibition space at Lowestoft Railway Station has been unveiled, with a preview event proving popular.

Several hundred people attended the first event at the new Parcels Office public exhibition space at the town's railway station, as it was showcased during a special preview last weekend.

The first exhibition, Departures, by Norwich-based photographer David Pearce features changing scenes of railways in Norfolk and East Suffolk over the past 50-years and, following the preview, it will now run through until mid-July ahead of the project's formal opening.

The Departures exhibition - to which admission is free - continues again today (Friday, June 21) and this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, June 22/23) between 11am and 4pm.

The new Parcels Office Public Exhibition Space at Lowestoft Railway Station has been unveiled as a special preview event attracted several hundred people.
The public view the new Departures exhibition at Lowestoft Station. Picture: Lowestoft Central ProjectThe new Parcels Office Public Exhibition Space at Lowestoft Railway Station has been unveiled as a special preview event attracted several hundred people. The public view the new Departures exhibition at Lowestoft Station. Picture: Lowestoft Central Project

The exhibition will also be available to view next Wednesday, June 26 and Friday, June 28, between 11am and 4pm, with further dates to be announced in due course.

As part of the ongoing Lowestoft Central Project, the new facility is the latest development in a number of initiatives at the railway station.

The project has so far seen heritage style lighting and colour schemes introduced and entrances - which had been closed for several decades - refurbished and reopened, with a series of works carried out on the redundant station buffet.

The Lowestoft Central Station roof demolition from the 1990s features in Departures –- an exhibition illustrating the evolving nature of the railways of Norfolk and East Suffolk, at the newly restored Parcels Office at Lowestoft railway station. Picture: David PearceThe Lowestoft Central Station roof demolition from the 1990s features in Departures –- an exhibition illustrating the evolving nature of the railways of Norfolk and East Suffolk, at the newly restored Parcels Office at Lowestoft railway station. Picture: David Pearce

The former Parcels Office formed a major part of the project and it has undergone a full restoration allowing a multi-use community facility to be created.

Speaking of the new facility, Mr Pearce said: "It was a great honour to have my work selected for the opening of the new space, both the exhibition and new facility received many positive comments during the preview and I am delighted that the exhibition will now run into July."

Community Rail development officer Martin Halliday added: "We were quite nervous before the opening as although we are very pleased to have reached the end of our first major restoration project, we were unsure how the public would react.

"We shouldn't have worried as the response was extremely positive with many more visitors than we originally envisaged, who've given us superb feedback regarding the exhibition and the restoration, as well as our other recent initiatives at Lowestoft Station."

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