Lovely nostalgic pictures show Diss in days gone by

Competitors bunch together as the paddle their craft round one of the buoys in the 'speed' race at D

Competitors bunch together as the paddle their craft round one of the buoys in the 'speed' race at Diss festival, July 1991. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

Take a trip down memory lane with our fabulous photographic celebration of East Anglian life through the decade. Today we take a nostalgic look back at Diss, a beautiful market town thats famous for its magnificent 6 acre mere.

Mere Street in Diss in June 1960, looking back towards St Nicholas' Church. Picture: Archant library

Mere Street in Diss in June 1960, looking back towards St Nicholas' Church. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

For hundreds of years, rumours were rife that Diss's beautiful Mere was formed in the crater of an extinct volcano, but no matter what you believe about its creation, no-one can doubt its place in the town's history.

Covering six acres, with lovely walkways and an abundance of wildlife, this watery idyll has long been the focus of community life - in the 19th century locals would take to the frozen lake for a game of cricket and a spot of ice-skating, something repeated in recent decades.

Copies of the images featured in this story are available to buy via our photo sales website or alternatively can be ordered by phone on 01603 772449

A view over Diss town centre in August 1958. Picture: Archant library

A view over Diss town centre in August 1958. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant


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A busy day at the market in 1986. Picture: Archant Library

A busy day at the market in 1986. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Diss Parish Church from across the mere, dated 12th November 1980. Picture: Archant library

Diss Parish Church from across the mere, dated 12th November 1980. Picture: Archant library

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