Visitors join historian for park tours in north Lowestoft

Ivan Bunn speaks to visitors on the guided walk. Picture: Mick Howes

Ivan Bunn speaks to visitors on the guided walk. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Keen walkers were treated to old tales and some intriguing stories as part of a guided stroll in the parks of North Lowestoft.

The Springtime in the Park event was organised Lowestoft Record Office and led by popular historian Ivan Bunn.

Six people took part in the tour on Sunday (May 17) around Sparrows Nest, Belle Vue and the Denes Oval parks, basking in the glorious sunshine as the went.

Mr Bunn spoke about the history and heritage of the parks, with several people coming back who had attended previous walks.

The event proved so successful for Mr Bunn, that he has already planned another event in on July, 19 in Kirkley which will piece together memories of South Lowestoft.

'I am pleased with how the event panned out on what turned out to be a lovely day,' Mr Bunn said.

'We had a nice group of people who were interested in hearing what I had to say- it was a complete success.'

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'They always enjoy it and several people came back because they enjoyed it so much.

'One of the things I explained was how back in the mid-19th century, Belle Vue Park was all common land. They thought it would be nice to make a park and it opened in 1874.'

Mr Bunn also described how his collection of images helps to structure where his stopping points take place on the walks.

'I take a large collection of laminated photographs, particularly from the Victorian era, and plan my route around those,' he said. 'A picture is worth a thousand words.'

For more information and to book onto the Kirkley Byways walk in July, again organised by the Lowestoft Records Office, contact 01502 674680.

Tickets cost £5 and the two-hour walk starts at 11am and finishes at 1pm.

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