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The Darkness frontman, Justin Hawkins, speaks out about his love for his hometown of Lowestoft

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A British rock frontman has spoken out about his love for Lowestoft and said he could imagine retiring there one day.

Justin Hawkins, singer of The Darkness, spoke to rock news site Louder Sound about his Suffolk coast hometown in an interview published last week.

He said: "I’ve always loved Lowestoft. If there was a way of having the opportunities that London afforded while still living in Lowestoft, I would have done it.

"I could imagine retiring there one day. The fact that it’s got a reputation of being a bit of a bad town makes me love it even more."

The 'I Believe in a Thing Called Love' singer grew up in the town and he and two of his fellow band members went to Kirkley High School.

Their glam rock band was formed in 2000, and this year they released their seventh album, Motorheart.

In 2004 they won three Brit awards, including Best British Group and British Album of the Year with 'Permission to Land'.

Justin Hawkins, who now lives in Switzerland, spoke highly of Lowestoft beach and added: "The beach has the softest sand imaginable, softer than you’ll get in more tropical climes.

"It’s been mashed up by the North Sea’s tumultuous wave patterns until it’s like flour."

Currently, The Darkness is made up of Justin Hawkins, his brother Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain and Rufus Tiger Taylor.

Ed Graham, who went to school with the Hawkins brothers and also grew up in Lowestoft, left the band in 2014.