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      14.05.2001 23:11
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      Southwold - a small seaside town on the Suffolk coast. I live in Gt Yarmouth, and it's about 25 miles south of Yarmouth. I and my friend decided to go there for the day. It was once a Saxon fishing port. There is an 1890 lighthouse which can be seen from all around the town. This, at present, is not open to the public. But, after visiting the Tourist Information, they did say they hope to have it open for public viewing by June/July time. The beach is lovely. When the tide is in, there's not much beach to walk on, but from what I saw, it was rather sandy. There is one pier, which was undergoing refurbishment when I went there. The promenade is long, and there is ample car parking facilities. The town itself is quite nice, with a few shops to look around. There's a Co-op supermarket, and all the shops needed to do your groceries. The Tourist Information office is on the High Street. The houses are absolutely glorious! I noticed they are so pretty, clean and quaint, I instantly said to my friend I wanted to move there! Southwold is certainly not a fast town. You notice folk wandering around at their own pace, idly minding their own business! Although, I did find them very helpful. As we had never visited Southwold before, we were unsure of where places were, and where to go. We wanted to visit the British Legion club there. Lucky for us, we got chatting to the Treasurer of that club. He said it's not open during the day, but only at weekends, and evenings. There was a lovely little Church which had a coffee morning on, so we went in there. As we went quite early on in the season, there wasn't very many holiday-makers around, therefore the town and beach was quiet. It seems a fairly lazy town, and none of the hustle and bustle you get in other seaside towns. (Namely Yarmouth!!). But, if you're thinking of moving to Southwold, then think before you do! Prices o
      f houses are high, and there are a lot of people with money who live there. I noticed that many of the locals are elderly. It's the perfect town to retire in. If you're a youngster looking for a lot of fun, then Southwold is not for you. But if you want the peace and scerenity, then it is for you! Southwold can be reached by the A12 from Lowestoft, turning of on the A1095.

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