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What happened in Suffolk this week? There's a snake coming to a local amusement park

PUBLISHED: 07:30 23 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:46 23 February 2019

Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, near Lowestoft  Picture: JAMES BASS

Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, near Lowestoft Picture: JAMES BASS

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Here's your weekend run down of our five top news stories this week, including an iconic ride's return to Pleasurewood Hills and the chance to say bye-bye to rain for the rest of the month.

Children having fun at Pleasurewood Hills Picture: JAMES BASSChildren having fun at Pleasurewood Hills Picture: JAMES BASS

Iconic ride set to return to Pleasurewood Hills ‘with a twist’

This week we learned that a classic rollercoaster at Lowestoft’s Pleasurewood Hills theme park is set for a shock return.

The ride, first introduced in 1986, was decommissioned in 2017 after 30 years of serving Suffolk’s thrillseekers.

Sid the Snake’s reincarnation will be ready for operation for the start of the 2019 season.

Things are set to get warmer in East Anglia Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThings are set to get warmer in East Anglia Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Picnic weather in February?

The Beast from the East is a thing of the past as temperatures are forecast to double averages for the rest of February.

Forecaster Adam Dury from Weatherquest said no rain is likely until March, and that temperatures could peak at 15C.

Spring certainly is on its way as Suffolk looks set for double figures this weekend.

Suffolk Coastal leader Ray Herring said the £15k party was a thank you for people from across the district Picture: PAUL NIXONSuffolk Coastal leader Ray Herring said the £15k party was a thank you for people from across the district Picture: PAUL NIXON

Taxpayers’ anger at Suffolk Coastal’s £15,000 ‘farewell party’

Suffolk Coastal District Council taxpayers were shocked to hear the council were spending £15,000 of council taxpayer’s money on a farewell party.

The farewell party aims to celebrate the authority’s history before it merges with Waveney to become East Suffolk Council.

One woman remarked the event as “really disgraceful”, while another labelled it “quite unacceptable”.

A floral tribute to Bob Carter        Picture: COURTESY SIMON WASPEA floral tribute to Bob Carter Picture: COURTESY SIMON WASPE

Tributes to Suffolk road haulage ‘legend’ Bob Carter

Tributes were paid to a Suffolk haulage “legend” who travelled the globe delivering goods.

Bob Carter witnessed atomic bomb testing in the pacific and once drove to Iran

The former solider from Woodbridge’s life has been immortalised in a 2017 book.

Persimmon Homes' development in Framlingham Picture: ANDREW HIRSTPersimmon Homes' development in Framlingham Picture: ANDREW HIRST

Persimmon Homes row finally comes to an end

A two year housing row ended on Thursday afternoon amid heavy criticism of developers and planners – and calls for cash as a “gesture of good will”.

Persimmon Homes’ applications for its 95-home development in Mount Pleasant, Framlingham, were narrowly voted through by Suffolk Coastal District Council’s planning committee.

The developers had been previously accused of building homes in the wrong place and design.

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