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New dawn for scenic Ness Point

PUBLISHED: 13:27 19 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:19 05 July 2010

MOST EASTERLY: The Ness Point sculptue idea from Robert Simon.

MOST EASTERLY: The Ness Point sculptue idea from Robert Simon.

THE campaign to improve Ness Point in Lowestoft and make it a popular tourist attraction is gaining momentum.

The Journal, along with BBC Radio Suffolk, wants to see more made of the geographical landmark which is the UK's most easterly point.

MOST EASTERLY: The Ness Point sculptue idea from Robert Simon.

THE campaign to improve Ness Point in Lowestoft and make it a popular tourist attraction is gaining momentum.

The Journal, along with BBC Radio Suffolk, wants to see more made of the geographical landmark which is the UK's most easterly point.

While many people are aware of Land's End and John O'Groats as the UK's most southerly and northerly points there are only a few that know of Lowestoft's claim to fame.

Surrounded by an industrial area and poor signing the area around Ness Point is far from being a tourist attraction.

However, ideas for improving the area have come in from Journal readers.

Suffolk sculptor and artist Robert Simon has come up with a striking design that would certainly be in keeping with Ness Point's easterly location as it has been designed to reflect the sun's rays at different times during the day.

Robert's son, Jim, has produced a striking image that show what his father's sculpture could look like if it was put into position at Ness Point.

“In spite of quite disabling multiple sclerosis my father continues with his work which has seen his sculptures produced all over the UK.

“His pattern of work now is that he has the ideas and produces macquettes that interested patrons can see and discuss. The works are then made, obviously with his input, by a third party who uses the macquettes as templates.”

There are also other ideas to promote Ness Point including better signs so that people can find it more easily.

Mark Murphy, of Radio Suffolk, said he has been in touch with senior councillors and officials at Waveney District Council who have expressed an interest in improving the area.

“I am hopeful that the district council will get on board our campaign and get things moving,” said Mr Murphy.

Paul Moss, the principal service manager for economic regeneration at Waveney District Council, is eager to learn of readers' ideas for Ness Point.

“I am looking at the medium/long term plans for the area and will be co-ordinating them with any short-term proposals other teams come up with,” he said.

Mr Moss believes the area has to be enhanced before it can be marketed as a tourist attraction.

Meanwhile, two friends, who have cycled the width of the country to raise money for a community nursing charity, finished their journey at the most easterly point this week.

Mike Welby, of Gillingham, and Andy Chapman, left Land's End on September 9 and set off towards Ness Point where they arrived on Monday.

The pair have raised more than £1,000 for Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund, which provides district nursing care for terminally ill people in north Suffolk.

Mr Welby said he wanted to take on the challenge to raise money in memory of his father, who was looked after by nurses from the care fund before he died last year.

The Journal is eager to learn of readers' views about improving Ness Point. Write to: Russell Cook, The Journal, 147 London Road North, Lowestoft NR32 1NB or e-mail russell.cook@archant.co.uk

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