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Diss is a market town situated on the Northern bank of the river Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. The river is the border between the two counties and Diss is located approx 20 miles from Norwich, Ipswich and Lowestoft. It has aprrox 6,500 people living in it and over 100 shops. Although when you look at it it's hard to believe this. Every friday there is a market with about 40 stalls and a wonderful chip van.
The Corn Hall ( see above ) in the center of town is one of the most prestigious in South Norfolk and has the capacity to seat 400 people for concerts and is also used for meetings and exhibitions.
The picture above shows a northern look up Mere street half way along the main shopping area towards the Church in the background. The town is largely unspoilt by new buildings and although some of the larger retail companies have moved into the area they have managed to keep the character of the town in the shop fronts. Although a country town with it's gentle pace more and more city people are moving in due to it's prime location.
Diss is at the Hub of the East Anglian Road and Rail Network. Roads lead off North to the County City of Norwich, South to the County town of Suffolk, Ipswich, also to Thetford and the Midlands in the west and to the Major Holiday towns of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft on the east coast. Diss has it's Railway Station which is on the direct Intercity route from Norwich - Ipswich - London. Infact it's very well connected.
Above is a picture from virtually the same location but this time directed towards the other end of the main shopping area.
Below is the Mere, which the whole town center is around
This is a lake which contains plenty of Ducks and by the number of Fishermen quite a few fish as well. The Ducks have become very popular with the local community and even have their Comic strip in the local paper (The Diss Express) called the Mere Quacks. These have now been collated into a full book, which is rather funny, especially if you live local to the area.
The tourist is catered for in several ways in the area ranging from historic walks across the local fenns, Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens, Baham Zoo (Monkeys, Penguins, Camels, Tiger etc), Ersham Otter Trust, Laxfield Falconary, Billingford Windmill, Nettleshall Heath Near Riddlesworth (Riddlesworth Hall School was where Princess Diana was educated) and only a few miles from the Historic town of Thetford with it's Huge forests and Ancient Castle ruins.
Above is one of the Mere Quacks cartoons. They take topical issues and show the funny side of them. Quite a lot of them feature talking animals, mainly Ducks.
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