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Foral Diss campaign wins £3,500 backing




Doreen Collins, front left, with some of the early supporters for the campaign. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (5096209)
Doreen Collins, front left, with some of the early supporters for the campaign. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (5096209)

Plans to line the streets of Diss with flowers throughout the year have taken a step closer to becoming a reality.

Former town carnival organiser Doreen Collins, the driving force behind the scheme, called Floral Diss, had now received backing to the tune of £3,500.

The Diss Surveyor’s Allotment Charity has donated £2,000, Diss Town Team has donated £1,000 and Diss and District Rotary Club and Diss Town Guide Committee have both donated £250.

Mrs Collins said more funding could be in the offing and hopes to get the idea to line the length of the town – from Market Place to the end of Mere Street – off the ground in the next few weeks.

“With any scheme such as this, there are bound to be hurdles along the way, but I am determined to get this started as soon as possible and would like to thank those people who have offered the funding,” said Mrs Collins, who also worked in the former tourist office between 1989 and 2016.

“The idea has been approved by Norfolk County Council Highways with regards to Mere Street, traders both in and outside town like the idea and the feedback has generally been positive.”

Mrs Collins wants to bring Diss town centre to life by adding 10 or more planters, which businesses and shops can sponsor.

She was inspired to start the scheme by the planters installed around the Heritage Triangle and memories of a visit to Usk in Momouthshire, Wales, which had decorated its market place with flowers.

“I want to get the scheme off the ground in the next few weeks before it is too late and we have the momentum,” said Mrs Collins.

“Sadly, there has been a downward trend in all market towns and, to me, this is a simple way of creating a good feeling throughout the town and helping keep our high street alive.”

For further information, email doreencollins@btinternet.com.



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