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Town flying the flag for Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 11:18 02 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

Suffolk and Proud supporters on the march in Lowestoft.

Suffolk and Proud supporters on the march in Lowestoft.

Keep Lowestoft in Suffolk - that was the message from protestors who gathered yesterday to speak out against plans to merge the town into a Norfolk unitary authority.

Keep Lowestoft in Suffolk - that was the message from protestors who gathered yesterday to speak out against plans to merge the town into a Norfolk unitary authority.

About 200 people joined the town centre protest against the Boundary Committee's controversial proposals to create a Norfolk unitary council which includes Lowestoft.

Town mayor Frank Mortimer said: “Lowestoft is an important town that should not be marginalised and forgotten. Norfolk don't want us, they've not asked for us - who exactly would be happy with these changes?”

The protest was lead by Waveney District Council leader Mark Bee. The council last week said that it will be recommending to the Boundary Committee that Lowestoft becomes part of an East Suffolk unitary authority.

Mr Bee said he was pleased that so many people turned out yesterday. He said: “We don't want to see Lowestoft annexed in Norfolk.

“We hope this will send a very strong message to the Boundary Committee that their proposals don't carry any local support at all.”

Labour councillors from across Norfolk and Suffolk announced at the weekend that they too are against plans for a large Norfolk council, but will instead be supporting a “wedge” authority linking Lowestoft, Yarmouth and greater Norwich.

Mr Mortimer led the protestors through the town centre to the town hall, where he raised a Suffolk flag with the cross of patron saint St Edmund.

The flag will fly above the town hall until the Boundary Committee's period of public consultation finishes on September 26.

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