More than £5 million is to go towards restoration of three listed buildings across the East of England in the latest grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Lowestoft Town Hall (pictured) is to get £3,257,512 while the Ice House in Great Yarmouth will receive £1,968,061. Woodoaks Farm in Rickmansworth, Herts will get £201,392.

Grade II-listed Lowestoft Town Hall, which has been vacant since 2015, will become a community venue for local people aimed at improving residents’ lives and transforming the town’s historic heart.

The Ice House in Great Yarmouth, built between 1851 and 1892, was once used to house freshly-caught seafood ahead of transportation to London’s Billingsgate fish market.

Led by a group called Out There Arts, the site will be brought back to life as a centre of excellence in outdoor circus and arts.

The money for 300-acre Woodoaks Farm will help finalise plans to turn it into a community hub for engagement, education, creativity and wellbeing.

The money is from £12.2 million given out by the lottery fund this week to 12 projects across the UK.

Eilish McGuinness, chief executive, of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Saving heritage is core to what we do, and we look forward to seeing these fantastic projects improving the condition and understanding of the important heritage they guard, reducing the amount of ‘heritage at risk’, and delivering transformational projects for communities across the UK.”

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