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Gallery: Why do older people like to live in Aldeburgh so much? Royal Mail survey reveals it has highest average age of any town in the UK

PUBLISHED: 18:16 22 April 2014 | UPDATED: 18:16 22 April 2014

A study has been published showing that Aldeburgh has the highest average age of any town in the UK.  David Hogg has lived in Aldeburgh for more than four years.

A study has been published showing that Aldeburgh has the highest average age of any town in the UK. David Hogg has lived in Aldeburgh for more than four years.

Holidaymakers flock to it, artists are inspired by it and affluent city-dwellers escape to second homes there.

Now, a new study has demonstrated Aldeburgh’s particular allure with older people.

According to the report, commissioned by the Royal Mail, Aldeburgh has the highest average age of any town in the UK.

With a mean age of just over 55, IP15 comes out top in one of several studies held to mark the 40th anniversary of the nationwide allocation of postcodes.

With its fresh coastal air, rich cultural heritage and thriving high street, Aldeburgh mayor Sarah Fox was unsurprised by the town’s popularity with older people.

“Many people have been coming here on holiday since they were children so they are already familiar with the area,” she said.

“Then there’s the health benefits of being by the sea, the high quality of local shops and services and also the huge number of societies and organisations that people can join.”

Chairman of the Aldeburgh Gardening Club, Beryl Baxter, 71, also felt the active social scene was a major attraction for many.

“I’ve never known a place like it,” she said.

“The big attraction for a lot of people seems to be the music scene and beyond that they also tend to get involved with amateur dramatics societies - I think a lot of people just like the social life.”

With so many societies to join, Sheena Griffiths, 74, a member of five different groups, believes the active lifestyle supports longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

“To have so many opportunities is amazing,” she said.

Regulars in the Cross Keys pub were also appreciative of their home town.

Rodney Singleton who grew up in Aldeburgh, said its residents enjoyed a “wonderful quality of life”.

“Aldeburgh is anything you want it to be - there’s something for everyone,” he added.

The family of missing Corrie McKeague are “devastated” by the news that they may now never know what has happened to the 23-year-old RAF gunner, after police called off a 20-week landfill search.

Four Suffolk Asda checkout operators who stole hundreds of items in a “skim-scanning” fiddle have each been jailed for 10 months.

In the past week children across East Anglia exited school gates sheepishly clutching brown envelopes with a look of dread writ large across their faces.

Police have abandoned their search of a landfill site after 20 weeks looking for the body of missing airman Corrie McKeague.

The family of a seven-year-old girl from Bury St Edmunds in urgent need of a stem cell transplant is calling for as many people as possible to join the register.

A man has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm, with intent to cause fear of violence, following an incident in Ipswich on Thursday.

A breakdown recovery man, who fled an A12 accident he caused, sending a car into a tree and a bridge, has been spared immediate jail.

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