… and contributing to its future
The Festival opened with a massive parade through the town and, in addition to the postcards, Greetings from Lowestoft also produced a Bunting Activity Guide, to encourage residents to make their own celebration bunting to festoon their fences and garland their gates.
The Bunting Activity Packs can be downloaded from the Guide from our Take Part pages.
Greetings from Lowestoft is funded through and delivered as part of the Lowestoft Heritage Action Zones (HAZ). These are heritage-led regeneration schemes which seek to enhance the appearance of the area through funding improvements to buildings; provide opportunities for more cultural activities; celebrate the town’s rich history and encourage communities to come together.
What inspired this project?
It was in 1847 that Samuel Morton Peto brought the railway to Lowestoft.
Although primarily intended to transport fresh fish out to cities such as Manchester and London, the trains also brought holiday visitors in to Peto’s new town resort, built in the rural parish of Kirkley, south of the harbour and along the south beach.
He constructed the first promenade, as well as a number of first rate villas and hotels, all of which attracted holiday makers to the town and Lowestoft quickly became a popular and successful seaside resort.
It is this rich heritage, along with the vibrancy of First Light Festival and the ambitions for the future embodied in the South Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone plan that inspired the Greetings from Lowestoft project.
I didn't realise the Parade was happening along London Road South - I will definitely get my family to come now and will use this postcard invitation to invite them along.
Fran Speight, Project Officer (she/her)
Units 13 & 14
Malt Store Annex
The Cut, 8 New Cut
Telephone 07517 426707