Ness Point in Lowestoft is officially the most easterly point of the British Isles and the place where the day starts first. What is slightly odd about it is that it seems forgotten, compared to Land’s End which is a famous tourist spot. If you make your way there, past the now slightly jaded Sparrow’s Nest park, you do not find anything very exciting and the area was, in the past, renowned for being England’s most easterly rubbish tip and is now best known for the Birds’ Eye factory and Gulliver.
Gulliver is the tallest wind turbine in the UK and the only commercial wind turbine in Suffolk. Standing at 126m from base to tip, it generates enough electricity for 1500 homes and was opened in 2005. Amazingly, the nacelle (the bit that generates the electricity) weighs in at 83 tonnes, perched 80m above the ground.
In the past there were swimming pools in the area and there is now a plaque to mark the point itself but it seems that, despite many plans to do something to mark this important landmark, nothing much was ever done. Although Lowestoft has always suffered a bit as a tourist destination, in the shadow of its more vulgar (or exciting) neighbour Great Yarmouth, it seems a shame that this unique attribute is not developed or exploited. It gets a mention because I used to live in Lowestoft and still have family there.