I first moved to Diss in 1974 with five children and two cats.
Two of my children were still at school. I was fairly busy with family and work so did not ‘socialise’ much in Diss but there was a good neighbourly feeling everywhere. This no longer exists. The streets and roads were much better looked after; shops seemed to keep their premises and pavements clean.
I have actually known Diss since 1953 when we moved to Suffolk and had a small-holding so came to Diss every Friday for the market. I have seen Diss gradually disappear into a supermarket-driven glitter town instead of the basic Norfolk market town.
There are still some really lovely shops but I bet they are struggling. More thought is given to in-comers than those who actually live and work in Diss. I doubt if there is any way of rectifying any of this as dirt and waste seem to be the normal thing these days.
Off with the old and on with the new! Being so cheerful is what keeps me going!