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Diss is a small town on the edge of the river waveney that is the border for the county of Norfolk and Suffolk. The town lies in the valley of the River Waveney around the famous "Diss Mere that covers 6 acres. The mere is one of the deepest natural inland lakes in England.
Diss has a large number of historical buildings, including the early 14th centruy parish church as well as it's own museum.
Sports and Culture
the town is home to several sporting organisations, including Diss Town FC, who won the FA Vase at wembley in 1994, Diss RFC based in Roydon who won the London 2 North Leauge in 2009 earning promotion to the National League. We also have Diss and District Cycling Club, Diss & District Bowls Club, Diss ladies netball club and Diss Ladies Hockey Club.
Diss has also produced a few national and international sports stars, including footballer Matthew Upson, Trevor Whymark, Dan Hipkiss and Colin Oates who will be representing Britain in the 2012 Olympics.
News and Magazines
Diss has two local newspapers the Diss Mercury and the Diss Express which has been going for over 100 years. There are also three local magazines within the area Dispatch Magazine, The Village People and Your Local along with two community websites one being disswebsites.com and also diss.co.uk. The town now also has it's own fantastic radio station called Park Radio. The studio is based in the centre of town underneath Candies shoe shop and is currently live on the air on 87.7fm or by listening online at their website for 28 days twice a year, until ofcom gives them a full licence to air.
History of the town
Opposite the 14th century parish church of St. Mary The Virgin stands a 16th centruy building known as the Dolphin House. This was one of the most important buildings in the town. It's impressive dressed-oak beams denote it to be a high-status, building, possibly a wool merchant's house. Formerly a pub, the Dolphin, from 18,00 to the 1960s the building now houses a number of small businesses one of them being the Spice Cottage indian restaurant.
Adjacent to the Dolphin House is the town's marketplace, the social centre of the town. The market meets every Friday, except good Friday and any other Holidays which it is rescheduled to the Thursday. The market hosts a variety of local traders selling fresh fruits from Gipson's fruit and Veg, to meat, fish and cheeses. The town's post office and main shopping street (Mere Street) are also located by the marketplace.
Shopping In Diss
The array of shops in Diss is interesting and the delicate courtyards of Cobbs Courtyard, Norfolk House and Hales and Wills courtyard provide a wonderful array of shops awaiting to be browsed. Food lovers will enjoy the specialist shops within these courtyards especially Fredrick Fine Foods and the children will adore "The Sweet Shop" in Norfolk House Courtyard. Througout the town their are some fantastic coffee shops to sit down with friends to chat, or just let the world go by, these being Mere Moments in mere street along with the coffee shop in Diss Publishing Shop where you can overlook the Diss Mere over a tea or coffee and just take in the magnificent naturally beautiful landscape of Diss.
Where to Eat in Diss
Diss and the surrounding area have an array of delicious places to eat along with a number of talented and dedicated chefs within the area. One place that has never, as yet disappointed me for food is Burston Crown pub about 2 miles out of the centre of the town. There is also Roydon White Hart about 1.5 miles out of the centre of town run by a Paul Meredew with Chef Alan Lunn, who on every occsasion he has cooked for me has been top class. If you are looking for a place to fine dine then you need to look at Fayre View run by Chef Chris Gissing, the food is superb from start to finish and the fresh crab starter I had was sourced locally from cromer and so tasty. We also must not forget the local Indian restaurant Spice Cottage, the guys there make you feel so welcome wether you are sitting in the light restaurant or just ordering a take away from them. There food is always very fresh and full of flavour and there personal service always makes an evening so much more pleasant. if you want to go out and have a chinese of an evening then you have come to the right place at Happy Palace in Diss, Neal makes everybody very welcome from Philip Schofield to all the local people within the area, somehow he seems to remeber everybodies names, but thats a sign of a good host. In 2011 Diss also had a Turkish restaurant called Turkuaz open in the Town, between tesco's and Morrisons. The restaurant is run by Yusef Karakus and Turan Cilfaoglu who also own two of the local takeaway establishments Pizza Plus and Istanbul Kebab House. Their restaurant has had very positive reviews on tripadvisor.