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Hundreds sign petition as campaigners continue fight to save town's record office

PUBLISHED: 14:30 03 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 03 February 2018

The Save Our Record Office campaign. Photo: James Carr.

The Save Our Record Office campaign. Photo: James Carr.

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Campaigners fighting to save Lowestoft's record office took to the High Street to raise awareness for the community asset.

Hundreds of people signed the petition. Photo: James Carr.Hundreds of people signed the petition. Photo: James Carr.

Hundreds of people signed petitions and pledged their support to the Save Our Record Office campaign (SORO) today (Saturday, February 3).

More than 2.500 people have already signed the online petition.

SORO was launched by friends Trudie Jackson and Janis Kirby after Suffolk County Council (SCC) announced the existing facility at Lowestoft library would be replaced by an unmanned access point by the end of 2019.

The documents currently stored there would be moved to Ipswich.

In recent weeks the campaign has received a boost after the SCC agreed to halt its plans until a formal meeting with SORO and Waveney MP Peter Aldous had taken place.

Mrs Kirby said: “Hundreds of people have signed today – they are interested in what we are doing and appalled at plans to move the office.

“So many donations have been given to be used in this area and people have been encouraged to donate records to the office.

“Those records won’t be accessed by people in Ipswich and it would mean an hour-and-a-half drive or £13 train journey for people of Lowestoft to visit them.”

Future protests are scheduled to take place in Beccles, Halesworth and Southwold.

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