The top stories which made The Journal headlines in 2017
PUBLISHED: 16:43 29 December 2017
Welcome to That Was The Year That Was, a three-part review of an eventful 2017 as compiled by MICK HOWES and MARK BOGGIS. In the first part, we look back at the period between January and April.
■ Relieved Lowestoft businesses and residents narrowly escaped flooding after flood barriers were deployed as tide levels rose.
■ Waveney District and Suffolk Coastal councils formally agreed to merge to create a “super district.’
■ A compromise was reached over proposals to extend the ban on dogs at Southwold beach with community leaders agreeing a shorter exclusion time period.
■ Plans were submitted for a new enterprise park at the site of the former Wessex Foods factory, which was destroyed by fire in 2010.
■ A major project to transform the arches at Lowestoft railway station was hailed a success as new artwork was unveiled.
■ A one way system was temporarily introduced on a main road in Oulton Broad for gas main works.
■ Questionnaires were sent out to addresses within a 300m radius of the Lowestoft Third Crossing project.
■ Three-year-old Megan the rottweiler was hailed a hero after letting paramedics into the house to save her owner Gary Gregory.
■ International designer Wayne Hemingway called on Lowestoft’s businesses and the community to unite to usher in the dawning of a new era.
■ A scheme to transform Ness Point in Lowestoft into a true visitor attraction was welcomed by community leaders after a successful £1m grant was awarded.
■ Hundreds of families enjoyed an annual Easter egg trail organised by the Lowestoft Lions.
■ Oulton Broad youngster Oliver Whittington amazed all with his progress a year after a life-changing operation helped him to walk unaided.