It is with deep regret that the Town Council will not be able to organise a service and parade this year. Please be assured this decision has not been taken lightly.
As you may be aware, the Annual Remembrance Service and Parade attracts a very large attendance and the Town Council, as the event organiser, cannot guarantee that the necessary social distancing rules can be adhered to and ensure that all risks to the public can be appropriately managed.
We will be suggesting other ways the people of Lowestoft can commemorate. Please check the Lowestoft Journal, our website and Facebook pages for updates. The war memorial is a public open space, owned by East Suffolk Council, and individual laying of wreaths may, of course, still be possible with adherence to all the current social distancing rules. These rules may change again in the next few weeks and we ask you to check all the latest information on the government website.
I sincerely hope that we will be able to join together again in 2021 in our usual way to pay our respects to the fallen of our town who gave so much.
I wish you well in these unprecedented and difficult times.
Councillor Alan Green
Mayor of Lowestoft
Thank you to all who participated and observed Saturday’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VJ Day held in Kensington Gardens. Click here to view the service sheet.
The commemoration was led by the Mayor of Lowestoft, Councillor Alan Green, who along with Deputy Lieutenant William Kendall gave an address and planted a cherry tree. The Last Post was sounded by Gemma Eglington and the many standard were lowered for the two minute’s silence. The commemoration closed with a prayer read by Mike Bollinger of the Lowestoft Community Church.
Today the Triangle Market came to life with a wide range of stalls at the first of our new weekly Tuesday markets. The Market was formally opened by the Town Mayor, Councillor Alan Green and was well supported with numerous stalls and shoppers. Please come along next Tuesday to see for yourself.
An addition to the market area are new planters which have been supported by Darren Breeze Woodturning, East Suffolk Council and the Most Easterly Community Group. Members of the Most Easterly Community Group and Lowestoft Vision supported this first market and the Town Council extends its thanks to them.
The Marina Theatre is asking for your help to ensure its survival. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the Theatre and the Marina Theatre Survival Appeal has been launched to help secure the Theatre's future. If you are able to, please donate whatever you can. You can find out more details and donate here: https://www.marinatheatre.co.uk/
Discover Lowestoft, on behalf of Lowestoft Vision, is providing a new experience for families to enjoy throughout the summer - a ‘Monster Hero Safari’, a story-trail.
Launching on Monday 28 July, visitors to our town will be invited to search the streets for 10 cute and colourful MonsterHeroes. Using only smartphones, the Safari allows you to learn each of the MonsterHero’s name, story, and superpowers. Once all 10 MonsterHeroes are found, a free e-book, that tells the story of their first team-up, will be unlocked. There will be a £2 entrance fee to take part, and proceeds will go toward NHS Charities Together. Safari works by utilising contactless NFC technology and QR codes, without the need for players to download or sign up to anything, they simply need to tap or scan to play.
Over 100 Business Improvement Districts and councils across the UK are taking part in the MonsterHero Safari project, which has been sponsored by Wild in Art, with the aim of raising over £100k for NHS Charities Together. In times of great stress, this project aims to provide the local community with a memorable experience that will bring a smile to the community of Lowestoft.
Amie Mullen, Lowestoft Vision BID Manager said: “We have organised a number of summer trails in our town and we know they are loved by visitors and residents alike. Therefore we are delighted to be involved in this extra special trail this year, to help raise money for a wonderful cause.
“It’s a safe and enjoyable way for families to enjoy a day out in Lowestoft.”
Coordinating the national project is Martin Blackwell, former CEO of ATCM and the Charity Retail Association who said “When I heard about the concept it just resonated with me and I knew I had to support it. I loved the idea of heroes; the idea of a “safari on the high street”! I just thought, if something fun like this can help make families feel good about going back out onto the high street and raise money for such a worthy cause then let’s go for it.”
To learn more about the story-trail please go to www.monsterherosafari.com
Suffolk Highways are planning to carry out bridge maintenance work to Mutford Lock Bridge, on A1117 Bridge Road, Lowestoft. The work is programmed to take place from 27 July and will continue for 5 nights, working between 8pm and 6am each night. A temporary overnight road closure will be required from Saltwater Way to Commodore Road roundabout during this time, to ensure the safety of their team and the travelling public.
The work will involve maintenance painting to sections of the bridge deck where the existing paint system has failed.
For the duration of the road closure, traffic will be diverted via, Victoria Road, Waveney Drive, A12, A47, Peto Way, Normanston Drive and vice versa.
If we need to make major changes to our work dates, due to bad weather or other delays beyond our control, Suffolk Highways will update the information signs on site.
A plan showing the diversion route for these works is available on their website. When they close the road and put a diversion in place, the route needs to be accessible to vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Suffolk Highways make their diversions as clear as possible by placing appropriate signing along the route. The latest updates on our works can be found on their website at"Temporary road closures for Suffolk Highways roadworks” and on One.Network website.
There may be times that essential emergency works are required to take place on the highway network without advanced notice – you can follow Suffolk Highways on Twitter for the latest emergency roadwork updates.
The Traders pack for this event is available to download here - https://lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk/assets/Documents/Triangle-Market-Vendor-Brochure-and-Application.doc
Full details can be obtained from us by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 0330 053 6019. All bids to be received by noon 14 August 2020. Details of the contract are available through Contract Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/6abf3258-0237-46f2-97e1-84b7032abf3f