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Mayor of Lowestoft defends Suffolk town after Which? survey result

The Mayor of Lowestoft has defended his town after it was ranked by Which? as the least attractive seaside town in Suffolk.

A survey found beach visitors were sniffy about the attractions and scenery on offer, offering just one star (out of five) for both.

With an overall rating of 57 per cent, Lowestoft finished well behind Suffolk towns Southwold (80 per cent), Adeburgh (78), and Felixstowe (69).

Lowestoft scored poorly in a Which? survey
Lowestoft scored poorly in a Which? survey

But the Mayor, Councillor Alan Green feels Lowestoft is worth a visit.

He said: "I'm disappointed with the results of the recent survey. People might have developed views on Lowestoft that are not based on first-hand experience.

"Our beautiful sandy beach only gaining three stars is a puzzle and our many vibrant attractions only gaining one star is again most odd."

Lowestoft also finished fourth in our own poll of which seaside location was the best in Suffolk.

'Our theatre would be the envy of many a town'

Councillor Green continued: "Lowestoft has never tried to be a Blackpool sea resort but we have many attractions to cater for all ages, such as a theme park, a large zoo near our border, five local museums offering different aspects of Lowestoft's history, displays of the world renowned Lowestoft Porcelain, and transport through the ages.

"Add to that our many attractive parks and gardens, with the new park, The Ness, positioned perfectly for a sea walk to the most easterly point in the country, and you could not want for a better staycation or day out.

"We even have a Victorian theatre, which would be the envy of any town, the historical building currently offering refreshments in a lovely courtyard café and busily planning an exciting opening season."

Alan Green, Mayor of Loewstoft, has defended his town (46929952)
Alan Green, Mayor of Loewstoft, has defended his town (46929952)

The Mayor added: "For the future, among our offerings are brand new beach huts and work is underway on the Gull Wing bridge, a ground-breaking design which will draw crowds.

"Anyone who attended the First Light Festival will be pleased to hear that plans are afoot to build on this cultural and social success too.”

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