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Sorry ... but some of the older links lapse after a while ... but this is a selection of the local news which has caught our eye.

Biggest pub quiz ever ~ EADT 10 December 2019

BBC presenter Nick Robinson and celebrated artist Maggi Hambling ….

Aldeburgh lifeboat disaster remembered ~ BBC News 7 December 2019

The crew from Aldeburgh were responding to reports a ship had run aground in heavy seas

Illegal immigrants ~ EADT 5 December 2019

Expert fears more illegal immigrants landed on Suffolk coast

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival ~ EADT 17 September 2019

Top 15 fringe events including sconeathon

Suffolk's coastline ~ Lowestoft Journal 16 September 2019

… is facing an uncertain future

Dirty big rusty sign ~ BBC News 2 September 2019

a Heritage Lottery-funded refurbishment …

Freddie Cooper false alarm ~ EADT 20 August 2019

Balloons caused a false alarm off Thorpeness

Aldeburgh Gin ~ Drinks Retailing News 12 August 2019

… bringing gin distillation to its Aldeburgh distillery, due to open later this year.

Aldeburgh’s Suffragette Sisters ~ BBC News 21 June 2019

An exhibition centred upon Elizabeth Anderson and Millicent Fawcett …

Sizewell Wildlife ~ Sustainability Times 23 May 2019

The reactor dome hangs like a futuristic cathedra …

Thorpeness & the Sea ~ EADT 23 May 2019

further concerns about the stability …

Festivities return to Aldeburgh ~ EADT 18 April 2019

Christmas mentioned before Easter!

Grate news! ~ EADT 12 March 2019

Cheese store scoops Shop of the Year award

Everyone hates ‘the Scallop’ – but I love it ~ The Spectator 23 February 2019

Benjamin Britten was adamant that he did not want…

Switch on a turn off ~ The Gaurdian 9 December 2018

Christmas lights death threats and brain damage

AONB Protected ~ EADT 26 November

A 6 day planning enquiry on the site of Reades brickworks …

Artist surprised in Aldeburgh ~ EADT 25 November 2018

portraits of Aldeburgh’s RNLI crew …

New statue in Aldeburgh ~ Independent catholic News 31 October 2018

…the elements reduced [the old] figure which looked as if it had been doctored by Cromwell

Seal on Thorpeness beach ~ EADT 29 September 2018

See this video of a Common Seal coming ashore.

Youth Regatta 2018 ~ Yachts & Yachting 24 August 2018

one of the last remaining week-long regattas

Out of this world ~ EADT August 20 2018

Aldeburgh Carnival in pictures

A splash on Aldeburgh beach ~ EADT 26 July 2018

As the heatwave hits water reserves and crops, artists….

Aldeburgh lifeboat launched ~ RNLI

All-weather lifeboat rescues becalmed yacht

Aldeburgh Seagulls ~ The Times 12 July 2018

In the many years I’ve enjoyed Aldeburgh, I’ve never seen the town so plastered in plop.

Museum Makeover ~ EADT 15 March 2018

Museum’s number comes up with £800,000 from lottery fund.

A winter coat for Snooks ~ EADT 3 January 2018

As the faithful companion of two much-loved Suffolk doctors…

Save the Alde Estuary ~ EADT 22 December 2017

A campaign launched to save some of Suffolk’s most treasured landscapes …raising more than £100,000 in its first month.

Aldeburgh lifeboat station break in ~ EADT 21 December 2017

appeal for witnesses…

100 years ago ~ Ipswich Star 21 December 2017

Elizabeth Garret Anderson’s funeral …

Pritt slams tour ~ EADT 12 September 2017

Council bosses have apologised after complaints …

HighTide theatre on the beach ~ EADT 22 June 2017

The festival runs from September 12-17 in Aldeburgh …

RIBA House of  2017 ~ Architecture.com

Aldeburgh’s Peacock House on long list …

New Lifeboat for Aldeburgh ~ RNLI 15 June 2017

A new D-class inshore lifeboat was named Susan Scott …

The Suffolk Accent ~ EADT 3 June 2017

“Sadly, it’s disappearing. It’s not as robust as accents …

Aldeburgh to Lake Como ~ EADT 23 May 2017

Aldeburgh Yacht Club’s 17 Long Loch boats …

A jewel in the crown ~ Eastern Daily Press 7 May 2017

2. Sea shells on the sea shore …

Drains up on Aldeburgh ~ EADT 3 May 2017

Anglia Water was told about the problem …

Alde estuary defeats Ukrainians ~ EADT 30 April 2017

Seven suspected Ukrainian illegal immigrants have been arrested …

Art and a Car park? ~ The Observer

The trill of a skylark darting …

Fawcett in Parliament Square ~ EADT 2 April 2017

Suffragette who grew up in Aldeburgh …

Fish & Chips at 50 ~ EADT 3 April 2017

Aldeburgh icon started in 1967 …

Potty beach art ~ EADT 22 February 2017

Peace War (Pissoir) is a tribute to Duchamp's 1917 urinal …

RNLI Coxwain recognised ~ EADT 9 February 2017
Lee Firman joined Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station in 1995, aged 17, following in his father’s footsteps…

Lawsons changes hands ~ EADT 18 January 2017

Celebrated Aldeburgh delicatessen taken over by a father and daughter team

Council had been warned of cliff danger ~ Daily Express 17 January 2017

Grandmother warns council about deadly beach – 48 hours before a dog walker died

Walker saved wife ~ Daily Mail 15 January 2017

Man 'died saving his wife's life by pushing her clear as the rocks gave way'

Cliff falls on dog walker ~ ITV 14 January 2017

50 or 60 people desperately tried to dig the man free.

Moot Hall redevelopment ~ EADT 14 January 2017

coastal heritage to be brought to life by virtual reality and £800,000

Co-op burgled ~ EADT 10 January 2017
Rare 3:30AM ‘Smash and grab’ raid at High Street Co-op.

Post-truth Aldeburgh? ~ Suffolk Gazette 29 December 2016
We doubt the accuracy of this story … and to our knowledge no hotels in Aldeburgh have swimming pools!

Warmest Boxing Day dip in two decades ~ East Anglian Daily Times 26 December 2016

Unseasonal sunshine greeted the Boxing Day swimmers ….

Aldeburgh rebrand ~ 14 November 2016

Goodbye Aldeburgh Music welcome Snape Maltings

Stars shine at Aldeburgh ~ EADT 8 November 2016

The 22nd Documentary Festival featured Joanna Lumley, Bill Nighy, Diana Quick, John Sergeant and Nick Robinson

Aldeburgh Cat Burglar? ~ Mail Online 18 September 2016
Members at Aldeburgh Golf Club have the usual hazards to contend with

RNLI Mud Rescue ~ EADT 16 September 2016

Eight rescued from mud near Aldeburgh

Suffolk’s coastal homes among the priciest ~ Financial Times 9 September 2016

Coastal homes are particularly sought after in Southwold and Aldeburgh.

Waterspout off Thorpeness ~ BBC 1 August 2016

Similar to a tornado … seen swirling off the coast around Thorpeness and Aldeburgh.

New waterjet lifeboat ~ EADT 29 June 2016

A new Shannon class lifeboat 50% faster than the Freddie Cooper expected in 2021

Swift Hiddleston? ~ The Telegraph 27 June 2016

Stars stoll along Aldeburgh beach

Director’s Dawn Swansong ~ Spectator 11 June 2016

A complete open-air performance of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux starting at dawn

Aldeburgh relocated to Sussex! ~ The Telegraph 9 June 2016

Garrett Anderson was born Elizabeth Garrett in Whitechapel … before moving to the coastal Sussex town of Aldeburgh.

Slaughden defences strengthened ~ Ipswich Star 14 May 2016
A two-month project to protect 200 metres

Second homes in Aldeburgh ~ Coastal Scene 9 May 2016

…“bring a lot of money into the town” says Mayor

Aldeburgh forgotten? ~ EADT 11 April 2016

a writer before his time in many ways

A Weekend Break ~ The Mirror 9 April 2016
tasty fish and a fascinating visit ….

Music in the Marshes ~ The Guardian 5 April 2016
a day-long celebration of Messiaen’s Catalogue

A Great British Bolthole ~ Marie Claire 28 March 2016
Everyone likes it: sea air, good walking, fish and chips…

Aldeburgh Yacht Club ~ Yachts & Yachting 17 March 2016
Busy season ahead

High Tide 10th Anniversary ~ What’s on Stage 16 March 2016
new writing festival HighTide announced four world premieres

Second houses in Aldeburgh ~ EADT 12 March 2016

30% of houses in Aldeburgh are …

Sea wall collapses ~ BBC News 10 March 2016

… as ferocious waves hit the town, the coastguard said.

Art from unwanted Law books ~ EADT 3 March 2016

travelling exhibition a fresh take on one of the most important documents in history

Dame Edna to visit? ~ EADT 13 February 2016

Which writers would you want at a book festival?

Golden honour ~ EADT 8 February 2016
for 40 years of supporting Aldeburgh lifeboat

High Winds & High Tides ~ EADT 3 January 2016

Weather causes section of Slaughden Road to collapse …

Very Happy New Year? ~ EADT 31 December 2015

A wedding ring lost at sea during at Boxing Day swim found

Moot Hall Nudism? ~ EADT 15 December 2015

The coastline opposite the historic Moot Hall will be roped off and become available exclusively for those brave enough to bare all …

Four daughters returns to Aldeburgh ~ EADT 8 December 2015
31-foot trawler with tragic history returns

Poetry festival still in the balance ~ EADT 8 December 2015

For many years, the trust has fought hard to raise enough funds for all the activity …

Tiniest concert hall ~ EADT 2.10.2015

Aldeburgh Music think inside the box

Aldeburgh Brickworks ~ EADT 25.9.2015

Houses to be built … but not of Aldeburgh bricks!

Foodie Bliss ~ Huffington Post 24.9.2015

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival - for the festival-goers, that is…

Snape Sculpture ~ EADT 22 September 2015

Three finalists revealed …

Much to admire ~ Financial Times 16 September 2015

High Tide festival in Aldeburgh

Italian shopping in Aldeburgh? ~ EADT 15 September 2015

Fiat 500 found in shop window

High praise for High Tide ~ Daily Telegraph 13 September 2015

Theatre review: **** ‘an inspiring programme

Dog & Owner finish round Britain ride ~ EADT 6 September 2015
Maggie and Oscar make it back to Aldeburgh

Prize ‘Squiggle’ ~ Architects’ Journal 3 September 2015
Outdoor sculpture for children at Snape Maltings shortlisted for prize

It’s meare-ly fun ~ EADT 22 August 2015

Races on Thorpeness Meare during the 102nd Thorpeness Regatta.

73rd Aldeburgh Carnival ~ EADT 16 August 2015

… not much to report it seems.  Come on EADT you can do better!

Tidal tunes have a timber timbre ~ Coastal Scene 15 Aug 2015
Anywhere else it might look out of the ordinary…

Lifeboat rescues cruiser ~ EADT 9 August 2015

Aldeburgh Lifeboat called to go to the aid of the motor cruiser off Orford.

Orfordness Lighthouse Concert ~ Coastal Scene 6 August 2015
The concert is part of the £900,000 lottery-funded ‘Touching the Tide’ programme

Band on the beach ~ EADT 24 June 2015

Pop-up bandstand brings music to Aldeburgh Beach

Cycle race pile up ~ The Independent 18 June 2015

London 2012 silver medallist pulled out of the Aviva Women's Tour

Aldeburgh third most expensive seaside town ~ ITV News 25 May 2015
… after Salcombe and Sandbanks

Aldeburgh’s Martello ‘Gormleyed’ ~ ITV News 18 May 2015
Antony Gormley has installed five cast iron statues around the UK

Curlew River Premiere ~ Buenas Aires Herald 18 May 2015

Three parables written for an Orford church with libretti

Saxon Secrets unearthed ~ Ipswich Star 12 May 2015
he beguiling mystery of “Casket Girl”, her true significance …

Inside Aldeburgh’s Martello Tower ~ The Independent 5 May 2015

You cannot miss the Martello Tower…more than a million bricks.  

Car Park Concert ~ BBC 13 April 2015

Aldeburgh Festival , is bringing one of its concerts to an urban multi-storey car park.

Old Aldeburgh Lifeboat Restored ~ BBC 11 April 2015

The yacht-like lifeboat has an engine and sails and was commissioned in 1940 for Aldeburgh lifeboat station in Suffolk.

Dog to cycle around Britain starts from Aldeburgh ~ EADT 15 March 2015
A dog is to cycle around Britain starting from Aldeburgh … well almost!

More Snape Holiday Homes ~ East Anglian Daily Times 9 March 2015

old maltings, a barley store and a silo to be converted into 33 apartments.

Snape snapped up? ~ BBC News 5 March 2015

Snape Maltings, a collection of retail units, galleries and residential flats, is being sold to Aldeburgh Music.

Mutton not Lamb ~ EADT24 17 February 2015

Mutton week demo by Salter & King

Scallop rubbished by critic ~ CoastalScene 14 February 2015

Some love the scallop, or do you agree with the comment ‘Whata loada scallops!’

Aldeburgh: romantic hotspot ~ Ipswich Star 13 February 2015
Aldeburgh included in the
Top 10 romantic hotspots in Suffolk

Baby seal below Thorpeness Cliff ~ Ipswich Star, 30 January 2015
A baby seal which was found in Thorpeness by a wildlife enthusiast

Wall of Water ~ EADT24 1 December 2014

Her tempestuous sea paintings have been created as a result of her early morning walks along the shingle and cliff tops between Aldeburgh and Southwold ….

Aldeburgh Town FC hangs up its boots ~ Coastal Scene 7 November 2014

All fixtures … have been cancelled

RIBA Award Winners ~ EAD

Three Aldeburgh Winners for the RIBA Awards

£100 Aldeburgh picture sets world record ~ Good News

“Bathing Machines, Aldeburgh” bought for £100 set a new record for a Ravilious painting: £312,700!

Food and Drink Festival ‘all we hoped for and more’ ~ EADT 28 September 2014

the 16-day event, which started nine years ago, kicked off at Snape Maltings

Aldeburgh Solitude ~ The Guardian 20 September 2014

Look along the vast expanse of shingle that stretches out either side …

Foodie Heaven ~ The Huffington Post 19 September 2014

The highlight of the Suffolk foodie calendar for me is the annual Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings

Angel of the East for Aldeburgh? ~ EADT 18 September 2014

Antony Gormley is planning to place a statue for a year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Landmark Trust with a statue on the Martello Tower.

Express enraptured by Aldeburgh ~ The Daily Express 14 September 2014
This article is so gushing it’s embarrassing!

101st Thorpeness Regatta ~ EADT 23 August 2014

people having lots of fun, but it’s also a very serious competition…

Mardi Gras in Aldeburgh ~ EADT 18 August 2014

thousands lined the streets to watch a colourful procession of costumed entertainers…

Fantasia Astroturf uproar ~ The Times 15 August 2014

… a tiny pink and white cottage 8ft wide and a century old

New head for Aldeburgh Music ~ The Guardian 17 July 2014
Roger Wright has mastered the roles of Radio 3 controller and …

Yet more local stories


Cine film showing how the old lifeboat used to be hauled up onto the beach by hand.


Cine film showing how the old lifeboat used to be launched.


The centenary of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, will be marked by special events all over the world. Here’s a video by Aldeburgh Music.


Chilly but calm

The Aldeburgh Bookshop

The Aldeburgh Bookshop, 42 High Street, Aldeburgh.

One of SeaSideViews’ first stockists, and one of the best bookshops in Britain. The owners Mary and John also run a successful literary festival each autumn (Tel: 01728 452 389)


A seagull’s eye view