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Lowestoft - Suffolk Has Blue Flag Beaches

Lowestoft - Suffolk is the United Kingdom's most easterly town.
Situated between The Broads, Lowestoft is home to Ness Point which is the most easterly point of the entire British Isles.
Its name is a combination of the Viking word 'stoft' meaning 'homestead' and 'Lowe' which is common name for a Viking man.
Over the years, the spelling of the name has varied from Loystoft, Laystoft, Lothnwistoft, Laistoe, and Lestoffe.
It was even known as Hloover's Toft at one time after an early settlement was founded by John Edward Hloover.
It took more than 3 centuries before Lowestoft became its final name.
The Domesday Book describes the town as a small village comprising 100 people made up of 20 families.
The farmers paid rent to a landowner named Hugh de Montfort.
In the 18th Century a soft paste porcelain factory was set up in Crown Street.
Some of the items have been preserved and can be seen at the Castle Museum in Norwich, at Oulton Broad and the museum at Nicholas Everett Park.
Lake Lothing divides Lowestoft into two sections.
The southern part is a popular holiday resort, while the northern section is the commercial center.
The harbor features a piece of land called the Old Extension.
During the last few decades the Old Extension has been an active site of the North Sea gas and oil industry where many rigs have been constructed.
Prior to this, the area was unused and in a derelict condition.
The only evidence of any previous activity was a few old buildings and railway tracks.
One of the most spectacular sights in Lowestoft - Suffolk is a huge wind turbine on the edge of the town.
Erected in 2004, the turbine has 3 gigantic blades, each weighing 10 tons with a length of 147 feet.
The tips of the blades cut through the air at an astonishing 150 mph.
But Lowestoft's biggest pride is that its beaches have been awarded blue flag status.

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