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New rickshaws helping tourists explore Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 18:21 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:13 22 July 2018

Ian Lightfoot on his rickshaw Picture: CLARE PERKINS

Ian Lightfoot on his rickshaw Picture: CLARE PERKINS

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With so much stunning coastline and countryside to explore, getting around all of Suffolk's picturesque beauty spots can be a challenge.

L-R: Members of the Salon by Jennifer Louise: Jennifer Pearson, Victoria Burrows and Lea Friend Picture: KATY SANDALLSL-R: Members of the Salon by Jennifer Louise: Jennifer Pearson, Victoria Burrows and Lea Friend Picture: KATY SANDALLS

But now, one company is hoping to make it a little easier - with a unique way of getting round to see all that the county has to offer.

The Suffolk Rickshaw Company has become the first business to apply for a rickshaw licence from Suffolk Coastal District Council.

It follows a consultation made by both Suffolk Coastal and Waveney councils into whether towns and villages in the area would be interested in having the vehicles pedalling around the town.

After the consultation, the councils approved the plans - and since then Ian Lightfoot, who runs The Suffolk Rickshaw Company, has been in talks with the councils’ licensing teams sorting out the details and requirements of the new licence.

Ian Lightfoot with his rickshaw Picture: KATY SANDALLSIan Lightfoot with his rickshaw Picture: KATY SANDALLS

Now fully licenced, Mr Lightfoot has been taking passengers in an around Felixstowe to enjoy the fine weather and attractions.

The process has taken some time to sort out but Mr Lightfoot believes that it has been worth it.

“I am pleased,” said Mr Lightfoot. “It was a necessary requirement to ensure the safety of the public.

“Well done East Suffolk, they have covered everything.”

Reporter Katy Sandalls tried out the rickshaw earlier this year Picture: GREGG BROWNReporter Katy Sandalls tried out the rickshaw earlier this year Picture: GREGG BROWN

With summer in full swing, the rickshaw has been out and about at local events.

Next week it will feature at the Felixstowe Carnival, having visited Stowmarket Carnival previously.

Mr Lightfoot’s rickshaw has been supported for a long time by The Salon by Jennifer Louise, which has advertising boards on the rickshaw.

Salon director Jennifer Pearson said: “It is a pleasure. We need to support our local people.”

Ian Lightfoot on his rickshaw. Picture: GREGG BROWNIan Lightfoot on his rickshaw. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal District council said: “We welcome initiatives like this.

“People with limited mobility can see the sights and the resort, which is booming at the moment.”

Those wishing to go out on the rickshaw during weekends should contact Mr Lightfoot in advance via the Suffolk Rickshaw Company’s Facebook page or by phone on 07857 930086.

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