Revamped sign points to Lowestoft’s historic past
- Credit: Nick Butcher
After undergoing extensive restoration, a town's sign is now proudly back on display.
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.'
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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.
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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.'