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10 things you’ll only understand if you live in Diss

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:20 02 April 2018

Mere Diss Sign. Photo: Courtesy of Diss Matters.

Mere Diss Sign. Photo: Courtesy of Diss Matters.

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Here’s a look at some of the things you’ll only know if you live in Diss or grew up in the town...

Diss Museum - Railway sign. Photo: Diss Matters.Diss Museum - Railway sign. Photo: Diss Matters.

• You’re used to people asking “where?” whenever you tell them you live in Diss. People outside of Norfolk have absolutely no idea where you’re from.

• You’ve lost track of the amount of time you’ve spent queuing outside the chip cart on a Friday lunch time. It’s always worth the wait though.

The queue for the Diss Chip Van is a familiar sight on Fridays. Photo: Harriet OrrellThe queue for the Diss Chip Van is a familiar sight on Fridays. Photo: Harriet Orrell

• At one point or another you were definitely convinced there was some kind of creature living in the Mere.

Diss Mere and town sign. Photo: Denise BradleyDiss Mere and town sign. Photo: Denise Bradley

• While the Friday market is great for grabbing something different, you’ve learnt that visiting the town during this time can be more stressful than going Christmas shopping.

Diss Market. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYDiss Market. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

• It takes a lot of effort not to roll your eyes when someone refers to the Mere as a pond...

• You know better than to try and drive through town when 5pm rolls around.

• Names such as Paul Warne, Tom Casey and Paul Gibbs all roll off the tongue... Or at least they do if you follow football.

Sport - Football

Diss Town cup win at Wembley against Taunton (2-1)
Diss Town players included, Robert Woodcock, Jason Carter, Martin Woolsey, Tom Casey, Paul Hartle, Garry Smith, Peter Mendham, Stephen Miles, Paul Warne, Paul Gibbs and the substitutes, Musgrove and Bugg. Goals from Gibbs and Mendham.
Pictured shows Peter Mendham (left) watches anxiously as Paul Gibbs buries the injury time penalty equaliser.

Dated 7 May 1994

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Photographic Negative Number cJ06695-18Sport - Football Diss Town cup win at Wembley against Taunton (2-1) Diss Town players included, Robert Woodcock, Jason Carter, Martin Woolsey, Tom Casey, Paul Hartle, Garry Smith, Peter Mendham, Stephen Miles, Paul Warne, Paul Gibbs and the substitutes, Musgrove and Bugg. Goals from Gibbs and Mendham. Pictured shows Peter Mendham (left) watches anxiously as Paul Gibbs buries the injury time penalty equaliser. Dated 7 May 1994 Negative N1327 Photographic Negative Number cJ06695-18

• You’ve definitely made the trip from Tesco to Morrisons then Aldi (or vice versa) due to one or more running out of the item you need.

• Going to The Greyhound on a disco night can sometimes feel like a night out on Prince of Wales Road.

• Whenever winter rolls around, you hope the Mere freezes over so you can skate on it, like they used to.

Adrian Bloom ice skating on Diss Mere in the winter of 1963.Adrian Bloom ice skating on Diss Mere in the winter of 1963.

• Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below.

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