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In 1979, local entrepreneur Joe Larter signed a deal with Suffolk County Council to turn a 20 acre plot of land into a leisure attraction. After much deliberation about what form the development would take, Mr Larter made contact with local garage owners John Edwards and Robert “Happy” Hudson. The pair had planned to construct the longest private miniature steam railway in the UK on a field in Gt Yarmouth.

After showcasing his plans, Mr Larter was able to convince Mr Hudson and Mr Edwards to bring their attraction to Lowestoft. In his book, Mr Larter states that building work for the railway commenced shortly after a visit to Disney and the decision was made to “steal one of his (Disney’s) ideas”. So, a Main Street and Station Square area were constructed to complement the railway.

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