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What does the Diss #10YearChallenge look like?

PUBLISHED: 11:45 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:56 23 January 2019

The junction of Mount Street and Diss Market Place in the Noughties, featuring Diss Antiques, which reinvented itself in Bressingham last year. PHOTO: Google

The junction of Mount Street and Diss Market Place in the Noughties, featuring Diss Antiques, which reinvented itself in Bressingham last year. PHOTO: Google

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The 10-Year Challenge has taken over social media in the last fortnight, with millions showing the world how they look today compared to 2009.

The trend has been shared across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with the aim of showing just how much or how little you have changed in 10 years.

As the posts continue to arrive, we’ve decided to do our own 10-year challenge, and take a glance back at Diss one decade ago.

Diss is a traditional town, but there are a few differences to be seen.

For instance, in 2009 the market place Woolworths had just closed, and the Persimmon Homes estate on Frenze Hall Lane was still unbuilt.

In politics Jane Trippett-Jones took over from Simon Olander as mayor, and Nigel Farage held a public meeting for his UKIP campaign in the town.

The Diss Corn Hall Trust took on management of the Corn Hall, which put on shows such as the Baroque Theatre Company’s Great Expectations.

Diss Mercury, October 15, 2009Diss Mercury, October 15, 2009

Warnings were issued to not feed the famous Diss ducks bread after environmental concerns were raised around the birds’ health and dangerous algal bloom.

A new play area opened in Diss park and more than 80 fire fighters tackled a blaze at The Chequers Inn in nearby Bressingham.

Diss market place with Westgate department store in 2009. Photo: Angela SharpeDiss market place with Westgate department store in 2009. Photo: Angela Sharpe

In 2019, Poundland is where Woolworths used to stand, hundreds more people live on Frenze Hall Lane, and Trevor Wenman is mayor.

The Corn Hall is providing more quality entertainment than ever, the ducks are still here, and The Chequers pub is a thriving business.

Diss Mercury, September 10, 2009Diss Mercury, September 10, 2009

Here’s to a successful 2019.

Diss Mercury, January 29, 2009Diss Mercury, January 29, 2009

Diss Swim and Fitness Centre in 2009. Photo: Angela SharpeDiss Swim and Fitness Centre in 2009. Photo: Angela Sharpe


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