Mystery of unexplained gifts in town centre solved

PUBLISHED: 15:52 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:00 30 March 2018

Free Art Friday saw gifts left for shoppers in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes

Free Art Friday saw gifts left for shoppers in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes


The mysterious appearance of gifts, paintings, cards and poems throughout the centre of Lowestoft has been solved.

On Good Friday, March 30, shoppers were puzzled by a number of items propped up in shop doorways and tied to benchs in London Road North, in Kirkley, and along the seafront.

Each had labels attached stating “Free please take” with another which said “All art is free as part of Free Art Friday.”

The confusion as to who was responsible for the gifts to the townspeople was put to rest when the mystery was solved.

Esther Day, of Lowestoft Chaplaincy, revealved the reason behind the Easter treasure.

She said: “Lowestoft Chaplaincy wanted to do something different for the town and to share the love that Easter is all about. Free Art Friday is a national initiative and we thought it would be a good idea to do it here.

“We wanted people to enjoy the art that we had placed around the town and take whatever they wanted. All we asked was for them to post a photo the item on our Facebook page – Chaplaincy Lowestoft.”

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