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'Suffolk and proud' march in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 13:37 01 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

MORE than 200 people gathered in the centre of Lowestoft today before marching to the town hall as part of a protest at Boundary Committee proposals that would see the north Suffolk town merge with the whole of Norfolk in a new unitary local authority.

MORE than 200 people gathered in the centre of Lowestoft today before marching to the town hall as part of a protest at Boundary Committee proposals that would see the north Suffolk town merge with the whole of Norfolk in a new unitary local authority.

The Boundary Committee plans are being opposed by politicians of all parties and today members of the public took the opportunity to show their objections.

The Conservative-controlled Waveney District Council believes the town would be best served by linking up with a new East Suffolk unitary authority.

Labour councillors, meanwhile, prefer a link-up with Great Yarmouth and Norwich to form a new “wedge” unitary authority.

However, all sides agree that the Boundary Committee proposals are not the answer and the protest marchers proclaimed that Lowestoft was “Suffolk and Proud”.

The Journal also believes that people living in Lowestoft would not be best served by linking with the whole of Norfolk and editor Russell Cook was among those taking part in the demonstration.

Lowestoft mayor Frank Mortimer was warmly applauded when he told the crowd: “I was born in Suffolk and I am proud of my Suffolk roots. I want Lowestoft to remain in the county and not become part of Norfolk.”

For a full report and pictures of the protest march see this week's Lowestoft Journal which is published on Friday, September 5.

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