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The top stories which made The Journal headlines in 2017

PUBLISHED: 16:43 29 December 2017

The temporary flood barriers in place as Lowestoft prepared for a possible tidal surge. Picture: MARK BOGGIS

The temporary flood barriers in place as Lowestoft prepared for a possible tidal surge. Picture: MARK BOGGIS

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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.

Suffolk Coastal leader Ray Herring and Waveney leader Colin Law shake hands after both district councils agreed to merge to form the largest district in the country. PHOTO: ContributedSuffolk Coastal leader Ray Herring and Waveney leader Colin Law shake hands after both district councils agreed to merge to form the largest district in the country. PHOTO: Contributed

JANUARY

■ Relieved Lowestoft businesses and residents narrowly escaped flooding after flood barriers were deployed as tide levels rose.

Southwold Promenade.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherSouthwold Promenade. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Old Wessex Foods site on the South Lowestoft industrial estate.The Old Wessex Foods site on the South Lowestoft industrial estate.

■ Waveney District and Suffolk Coastal councils formally agreed to merge to create a “super district.’

The Lowestoft Station arches project is unveiled. Pictures: MICK HOWESThe Lowestoft Station arches project is unveiled. Pictures: MICK HOWES

■ A compromise was reached over proposals to extend the ban on dogs at Southwold beach with community leaders agreeing a shorter exclusion time period.

The gas mains work on Bridge Road, Oulton Broad.  PHOTO: Nick ButcherThe gas mains work on Bridge Road, Oulton Broad. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

An artist impression of the Lake Lothing Third Crossing Project in Lowestoft. Photo: Kier and MouchelAn artist impression of the Lake Lothing Third Crossing Project in Lowestoft. Photo: Kier and Mouchel

FEBRUARY

■ Plans were submitted for a new enterprise park at the site of the former Wessex Foods factory, which was destroyed by fire in 2010.

Megan the Rottweiler and her owner Gary Gregory.  PHOTO: Nick ButcherMegan the Rottweiler and her owner Gary Gregory. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Designer Wayne Hemingway. PHOTO: Nick ButcherDesigner Wayne Hemingway. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

■ A major project to transform the arches at Lowestoft railway station was hailed a success as new artwork was unveiled.

Britain's most easterly point 'Ness Point.'  PHOTO: Nick ButcherBritain's most easterly point 'Ness Point.' PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Lowestoft Lions Easter Egg Hunt at Sparrown Nest.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherLowestoft Lions Easter Egg Hunt at Sparrown Nest. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

■ A one way system was temporarily introduced on a main road in Oulton Broad for gas main works.

Oliver Whittington with his mum, Clare.  Photo: Nick ButcherOliver Whittington with his mum, Clare. Photo: Nick Butcher

MARCH

■ 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.

APRIL

■ 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.

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