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Traders ‘very busy’ as thousands flock to coast on hottest day

PUBLISHED: 19:10 31 July 2020 | UPDATED: 08:12 01 August 2020

Lowestoft beach was 'very busy' on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

Lowestoft beach was 'very busy' on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

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Thousands of families flocked to the east coast to hit the sun-drenched sands as the temperatures soared.

Crowds flocked to the beach on the hottest day of the year, as they made their way to Lowestoft. Picture: Mick HowesCrowds flocked to the beach on the hottest day of the year, as they made their way to Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes

Holidaymakers and locals made the most of one of the hottest days of the year as they basked in the glorious conditions.

A busy south Lowestoft beach as thousands flocked to the east coast on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesA busy south Lowestoft beach as thousands flocked to the east coast on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

With Lowestoft town centre and a packed promenade bustling with visitors, businesses have been buoyed by the recent hot weather as they hope to continue to reap the rewards of a bumper staycation summer.

A seagull at Children's Corner in Lowestoft as the crowds flocked to the beach on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesA seagull at Children's Corner in Lowestoft as the crowds flocked to the beach on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

As temperatures approached 30C, thousands of people headed to the beach and seafront area to soak up the rays and cool down in the sea, as locals and holidaymakers adhered to the social distancing guidelines.

Claremont Pier, under new management, unveils Pinky's Beach Shop as Lowestoft was 'very busy' on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesClaremont Pier, under new management, unveils Pinky's Beach Shop as Lowestoft was 'very busy' on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

Car parks were full, trains from Norwich and Ipswich were packed with those intent on hitting the beach as heavy traffic was reported across Norfolk and Waveney in the rush to the coast.

Pinky�s ice cream parlour and Michael�s fish and chips on The Esplanade in Lowestoft was 'very busy' on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesPinky�s ice cream parlour and Michael�s fish and chips on The Esplanade in Lowestoft was 'very busy' on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

On July 20 a “much-needed” public facility opened its doors – as a new Tourist Information Office was unveiled at Lowestoft Railway Station.

Charmaine Mayne, Megan Mayne, 10, Charmaine Llewellyn and Eddie Mayne at Pinky�s ice cream parlour in Lowestoft on the hottest day of the year. They are also part of the family involved as the new owners of Claremont Pier in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick HowesCharmaine Mayne, Megan Mayne, 10, Charmaine Llewellyn and Eddie Mayne at Pinky�s ice cream parlour in Lowestoft on the hottest day of the year. They are also part of the family involved as the new owners of Claremont Pier in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes

It means that for the first time in five years, Lowestoft has its own dedicated, large-scale tourist information office once more.

Michael Manning, 11, who is helping out his family who are the new management team at Claremont Pier in Lowestoft on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesMichael Manning, 11, who is helping out his family who are the new management team at Claremont Pier in Lowestoft on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

As the Lowestoft Central Project and the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership joined forces to open the office in time for the Summer holidays, it is hoped the new facility will provide a welcome boost to tourism in the area.

Crowds flocked to Lowestoft on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesCrowds flocked to Lowestoft on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

The facility features a mix of tourist information combined with books, locally produced crafts and souvenirs available in addition to stocking public transport timetables, railway collectables and refreshments.

Andrew Ling, director of Sandy Toes Lowestoft Ltd, leases the East Point Pavilion tea rooms. Picture: Mick HowesAndrew Ling, director of Sandy Toes Lowestoft Ltd, leases the East Point Pavilion tea rooms. Picture: Mick Howes

And hailing the success of the first two weeks of the new facility, Martin Halliday, Community Rail Norfolk Development Officer, said: “The trains coming in from Norwich and Ipswich (on Friday morning) have been really busy.

Jacqui Dale, one of the directors of the Lowestoft Central Project, inside Lowestoft's new Tourist Information Office at Lowestoft Railway Station on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesJacqui Dale, one of the directors of the Lowestoft Central Project, inside Lowestoft's new Tourist Information Office at Lowestoft Railway Station on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

“A lot of people have come with buckets and spades as they head to the beach.

Lowestoft's new Tourist Information Office at Lowestoft Railway Station on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesLowestoft's new Tourist Information Office at Lowestoft Railway Station on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

“As Lowestoft station is their nearest station to the beach, it is great to see so many people coming into the town.

Pete Woodward, owner of Beaches And Cream on Station Square, Lowestoft with shop assistant Tersha Turnball on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesPete Woodward, owner of Beaches And Cream on Station Square, Lowestoft with shop assistant Tersha Turnball on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

“The new Tourist Information Office has been busy and it has been really great since we opened. From what we have learned, the broads have been busy with boat hire very, very busy.”

Gill Langman and Tersha Turnball, shop assistants at Beaches And Cream, on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesGill Langman and Tersha Turnball, shop assistants at Beaches And Cream, on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

Pete Woodward, owner of Beaches And Cream on Station Square, Lowestoft, said: “All in all it has not been too bad. Southwold has been really busy the last three weeks.

Chris, Maggie, Joseph and Annelise Perry, from Kent, enjoyed their staycation break in Lowestoft on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesChris, Maggie, Joseph and Annelise Perry, from Kent, enjoyed their staycation break in Lowestoft on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

“We have been in Southwold nine-and-a-half years now, five-and-a-half years in Lowestoft and last week we opened another shop on Regent Street in Great Yarmouth, which has already had some very encouraging comments.”

Lowestoft was 'very busy' on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick HowesLowestoft was 'very busy' on the hottest day of the year. Picture: Mick Howes

Andrew Ling, director of Sandy Toes Lowestoft Ltd, has run the ice cream kiosk on South Beach, Lowestoft for eight years and he also leases the East Point Pavilion tea rooms.

He said: “The beach has been getting busier and busier and as we are now in the peak weeks it is starting to pick up.

“There seems to be more Lowestoft people rediscovering the seafront again and the weather the last few days has been better.

“We are seeing lots of people from Norwich, London, Essex, Colchester, who are coming to town for day trips or longer breaks.”

Holidaymakers Chris, Maggie, Joseph and Annelise Perry, from Kent, had spent a few days staying at Broadland Sands holiday park in Corton.

Mr Perry said: “It has been a lovely week.

“We spent the day on the beach yesterday and people were socially distancing themselves.”

Earlier this month, a family of seven were unveiled as the new owners of the iconic Claremont Pier in Lowestoft.

The owners consist of Eddie and Charmaine Mayne, their eldest child Victoria Manning and her husband Michael Manning, son Ernie Mayne as well as daughter Charmaine Llewellyn and her husband Ben Llewellyn.

The families eight grandchildren are also helping out.

With Eddie and Charmaine Mayne owning Pinky’s ice cream parlour and Michael’s fish and chips on The Esplanade in Lowestoft, Mrs Mayne said: “It is the hottest day of the year and we are very busy.

“Claremont Pier only completed on July 20 and as the new owners it has been a very busy time.

“It has been really busy up at Claremont Pier.

“Obviously it is all new, with Rock Salt turned into a gift shop, and the arcade has been extended.

“The top part is all closed under the current guidelines and we are still undecided on what to do with that.


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