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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.

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

Colchester MP Will Quince has described a knife attack in the town that left a teenager seriously hurt as “deeply alarming”.

Police wants to speak to two teenagers about an attempted murder in Colchester in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters were sent to tackle a blaze that broke out in a flat in Ipswich this afternoon.

The shocking prevalence of rape in Ipswich has been uncovered in an EADT and Star investigation.

Ed Sheeran has got engaged to his partner Cherry Seaborn, the Framlingham singer has confirmed on Instagram.

Emergency services have been called to the scene of a car having gone into a ditch on the A12 near Darsham

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