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Revamped sign points to Lowestoft's historic past

PUBLISHED: 18:28 16 December 2015 | UPDATED: 18:28 16 December 2015

Unveiling of the newly restored Lowestoft Town sign by Mayor Stephen Ardley and deputy Mayor Nick Webb.

Unveiling of the newly restored Lowestoft Town sign by Mayor Stephen Ardley and deputy Mayor Nick Webb.

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After undergoing extensive restoration, a town's sign is now proudly back on display.

Unveiling of the newly restored Lowestoft Town sign by Mayor Stephen Ardley and deputy Mayor Nick Webb.Unveiling of the newly restored Lowestoft Town sign by Mayor Stephen Ardley and deputy Mayor Nick Webb.

The mayor of Lowestoft, Stephen Ardley, said: “Having been born in Lowestoft it gives me great pleasure to unveil the new Lowestoft town sign. It is good to see it back.

“A lot of history is depicted on the sign which reflects the key details of the town.

Mat Parker, manager at Special Objectives for the Local Disabled (SOLD), oversaw the restoration of the sign.

He said: “It took four months’ extensive work but it is great it is back up.”

Sign’s history

The old Borough of Lowestoft sign was carved and made by the building department of Lowestoft College. It was planned by the Borough Amenities Association, designed by Tom Downes, painted by Joe Rouse and unveiled by alderman Geoffrey Davy on April 16, 1969 near the former Lowestoft Swing Bridge. When the Bascule Bridge works began in the 1970s the sign was moved to the High Street and over the years it became dilapidated. Members of the Jack Rose Old Lowestoft Society and the Lowestoft Heritage Workshop wanted to have the town sign restored and so set about the process of getting it restored. The Lowestoft Charter Trustees funded the project and the renovation was undertaken by volunteers at the SOLD project.

The sign depicts parts of the maritime history of Lowestoft. Images include a fisherman, an outline of the port, the Brooke Marine shipbuilding yard and the Naval Patrol Service War Memorial.

It is surrounded by an engraving of the town’s lighthouse and Christchurch.

The sign used to have “Borough of Lowestoft” written on it but the new incarnation says “Welcome to Lowestoft” instead, as the town is no longer a borough.

Old borough crest features on the town sign, and the emblem was painted by Christian Hutchins who worked with Mr Parker from SOLD.

Mr Hutchins, 20, said: “I am very proud to have had a part in making the Lowestoft town sign that everyone will see as they come into the town.”

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