Town centre boss looks forward

WOODBRIDGE'S town centre co-ordinator has today pledged to keep up the good work as she enters her second year in the job.Dr Marion Wells was appointed on July 14 last year, with the aim of supporting businesses, increasing the use of the town's shops and facilities, and fostering a community spirit by engaging residents in the life of the town.

WOODBRIDGE'S town centre co-ordinator has today pledged to keep up the good work as she enters her second year in the job.

Dr Marion Wells was appointed on July 14 last year, with the aim of supporting businesses, increasing the use of the town's shops and facilities, and fostering a community spirit by engaging residents in the life of the town.

The post was originally created on a trial basis but her work has proved so successful that funding has now been found for her to continue in the post for a second year.

Dr Wells, of Aldeburgh, said: "Time has flown by. We have achieved a lot and there is plenty more to do.

"I would really like to thank all our supporters, their help has really made a difference."

Over the past year, Dr Wells has been responsible for organising a variety of themed months in the town centre which aimed to tap into the town's tourism potential.

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Some of the events she has been involved in include the hugely successful Suffolk Punch parade in April and a series of mini-concerts on the Market Hill.

She is also heavily involved in campaigning against the expansion to Martlesham's Tesco store, which shopkeepers in Woodbridge fear will have devastating impacts on their trade.

The expansion has now been approved, subject to a number of conditions, which include Tesco putting money towards improving Woodbridge town centre.

Other events lined up for the coming months include a Museums Together day on the Market Hill on August 22, and a series of events to help promote British Food Fortnight in the autumn.

Dr Wells' post is funded by contributions from local businesses, as well as money from the Countryside Agency and Suffolk County Council.

The post is for 20 hours a week and, in the remainder of her time Dr Wells runs her own consultancy business.

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"I want the monthly events to show that this town is doing something and make people say that everything is always going on here and we can do that on a low budget."

was town centre manager of Maldon for three years.

She has been a board member of Action for Market Towns was a founder member of the East of England Market Towns Resource Team and the town centre manager of Maldon.

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