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Aldeburgh named third 'most expensive' seaside town

Aldeburgh in Suffolk has been named in Britain's top 10 most expensive seaside towns to buy a home.

A survey of house prices in 196 seaside towns across the country by Halifax found that with a typical value of £413,393, homes in Aldeburgh are the third most costly.

The beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk Credit: PA Images

"Seaside towns have a distinct attraction, offering that all important sea view with a typically high quality of life in a healthy environment.

"There is a romance associated with living by the sea and this is evident in the high house prices seen in many of these areas."

– Craig McKinlay, mortgages director at Halifax

Here are the 10 most expensive seaside towns in Britain according to Halifax, followed by the average house price:

  • 1. Salcombe, South West - £672,874
  • 2. Sandbanks, South West - £614,726
  • 3. Aldeburgh, East Anglia - £413,393
  • 4. Lymington, South East - £404,781
  • 5. Dartmouth, South West - £403,767
  • 6. Padstow, South West - £387,109
  • 7. Lyme Regis, South West - £343,604
  • 8. Budleigh Salterton, South West - £342,442
  • 9. Bigbury on Sea, South West - £333,626
  • 10. East Wittering, South East - £330,146


Body found in search for missing man

George Young Credit: Suffolk Police

Police searching for an elderly man who went missing from his Suffolk care home have found a body.

George Young, 86, who suffered from Alzheimer's, was last seen in Aldeburgh on Friday night.

He left the Garrett House Care Home in Park Road at around 6pm to go for a walk, but never returned.

A body has since been found in the water near the Martello Tower at Orford Ness. Suffolk Police say they believe it is him and are not treating the death as suspicious.

They are working to trace his next of kin and the coroner has been informed.

Extra patrols as Aldeburgh carnival approaches

The beach at Aldeburgh. Credit: PA Images

Suffolk Police are set for a busy August in Aldeburgh and will be putting on extra patrols as the carnival period approaches.

Traditionally crime in the popular resort rises in the weeks around the Aldeburgh Carnival, and additional resources are dedicated to police the town.

This year officers have also been working behind the scenes to put in place a number of measures aimed at tackling drunken and disorderly behaviour, and will be pro-actively dealing with anyone causing trouble.

Leiston & Aldeburgh Safer Neighbourhood Team sergeant Mark Beresford said while last year had been generally one of the quietest Augusts for the town the influx of people to the area during the carnival period meant it was busy with a host of challenges for police.

"Last year there were a number of alcohol-related issues following the carnival and excessive drinking was one of things members of the public highlighted to officers as being of concern. This was also a contributory factor in several violent incidents.

"This year we have spoken to licensees and will be working with licensed premises to encourage responsible retailing during this period.

"We will be highlighting to staff that they shouldn't be serving those who have clearly already had too much to drink and will have a police presence in the area to deter disorderly behaviour."

The aim is to reduce anti-social behaviour, particularly in the seafront area, and to support this all street lighting will be left on overnight during this period.

Best of Britten: Peter Grimes staged on beach

Opera at Aldeburgh Credit: Luke Farrington

More than 1,500 people watched a special performance on Aldeburgh seafront last night.

Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes had an official homecoming in the town in which the opera is set.

Blustery scenes Credit: Luke Farrington

It's part of celebrations to mark 100 years since Britten's birth in Lowestoft. There are also shows on Wednesday and Friday night.

Dramatic backdrop Credit: Luke Farrington
Hundreds attend show Credit: Luke Farrington


Britten's studio restored

The Suffolk studio in which Benjamin Britten composed some of his most famous works has been transformed to the way it was in the 1950s.

Visitors to the Red House in Aldeburgh - where Britten lived for the last three decades of his life - will now be able to see exactly where the 20th century great penned masterpieces such as War Requiem and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The converted hayloft was designed and built by the celebrated architect HT "Jim" Cadbury-Brown in 1958.

The restored studio contains the original Steinway piano, artwork, furniture and ornaments from 1958, and is based on Cadbury-Brown's design plans and contemporary photographs.

More than 40 firefighters at cafe blaze in Aldeburgh

More than 40 firefighters are at the scene of a large fire at a cafe in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Crews were called to Market Restaurant at the High Street at around 11.30am on Monday, 18 June.

Part of the roof at the back of the building has collapsed and crews are dealing with a fire on the first floor.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service says nobody was reported to be inside at the time.

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