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Looking back to August 2003 in Lynn, Bawsey, Emneth Hungate and Pott Row





Reporter Chris Hornby looks back through the Lynn News files to the week of August 6-12, 2003...

Rocketing temperatures and tropical humidity have seen West Norfolk enjoy one of its hottest spells for ten years, with Marham reporting a high of 32.9°C (91.2°F). As holidaymakers and residents make the most of the weather, motorists have taken the brunt of the problems with heavy traffic on all the roads in the area, particularly heading to the coast. The record for West Norfolk stands at 34.8°C (94.6°F), reached in August 1990, and forecasters are hinting that a new record could soon be set. Holiday resort businesses and traders selling fans or ice-cream can expect a bumper year as people seek to keep cool. A broken-down car between the Saddlebow and Hardwick roundabouts on one morning led to seven-mile tailbacks in the blistering heat.

Lynn’s Conservancy Board has bought a £458,145 new tug boat and it is thought to be the most powerful tug between Felixtowe and the Humber. The Conservator is the fifth tug to be owned by the Board since 1898 and has an expected life of 25 years. It will be used for routine and emergency towage work in Lynn and The Wash.

Youngsters flocked to Lynn Sports Centre during the summer holidays in August 1994. The centre was celebrating its tenth year in style and in just four weeks had more than 2,000 children through its doors for a wide range of holiday activities including basketball, volleyball, football and climbing courses and competitions. There were also fun days, mega drive mornings and art workshops, with the programme being organised by West Norfolk Council staff.Our picture shows one group of happy youngsters and in the centre is seven-year-old Jason Birke who picked up a Trivial Pursuit prize as the centre’s 2,000th activities participant. On the left is assault course winner Ben Darking (9) with his prize T-shirt.
Youngsters flocked to Lynn Sports Centre during the summer holidays in August 1994. The centre was celebrating its tenth year in style and in just four weeks had more than 2,000 children through its doors for a wide range of holiday activities including basketball, volleyball, football and climbing courses and competitions. There were also fun days, mega drive mornings and art workshops, with the programme being organised by West Norfolk Council staff.Our picture shows one group of happy youngsters and in the centre is seven-year-old Jason Birke who picked up a Trivial Pursuit prize as the centre’s 2,000th activities participant. On the left is assault course winner Ben Darking (9) with his prize T-shirt.

Main building work has now started on transforming Lynn’s former Anglia Canners site into a £10million retail park – and the town’s football club has already reaped the rewards. Developer Turnstone has agreed to sponsor the Linnets’ youth team and has provided them with new kits, bags and equipment. The first phase of work at the newly-named St Nicholas’ Retail Park will consist of building the Wickes DIY store, Farmfoods and Choices video store.

Ex-prisoner Tony Martin has returned to his dilapidated Emneth Hungate farmhouse for the first time in four years. He swept into Bleak House – which is boarded up with metal shutters and almost entirely covered in weeds – in a cavalcade of six cars at 5.30am on Friday (August 8). Television crews and reporters camped outside caught no glimpse of the 58-year-old, who arrived with staff of a national newspaper with which he brokered an exclusive deal on his release. The farmer recently left Suffolk’s Highpoint jail after serving just short of four years of a five-year sentence for manslaughter for shooting dead 16-year-old Fred Barras and wounding accomplice Brendon Fearon, when they fumbled a raid on his home in 1999.

WBB Minerals, owners of the popular local beauty spot Bawsey Pits, have spoken out on their ongoing battle against litter louts and vandals. Bawsey Pits is open to the public and is a popular area for dog walkers and picnickers alike, but WBB say they are spending £15,000 annually maintaining the area, of which £10,000 is devoted to litter disposal. A spokesman said: “If this continues to be a problem we will have to look at our options in terms of future management of the area.”

Lynn’s Somerfield store has finally announced, after much speculation, that it will be closing at the end of the month. The Lynn News had reported earlier in the year that closure was on the cards to make way for the £50million town centre redevelopment, and now the company has said there were no plans to relocate the Broad Street shop elsewhere in the area.

Two local primary schools have scooped Awards for All grants totalling more than £8,000, which will be used for sailing instruction and multisports activities. The National Lottery grants have gone to West Winch Primary School (£4,300) and Fairstead Primary School (£3,900).

Pott Row athlete Barbara Parker, who has won the Lynn News Sports Personality of the Year title on three occasions, is back in the news after taking 14 seconds off her previous best time with a winning run at the weekend of 6.36.50 seconds and in doing so smashing the British all-time U23 2000m steeplechase. This came after a disappointment at the European U23 Championships where she made the final but missed out on a personal best time.



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