A road named in honour of a councillor who helped bring the Gull Wing bridge to Lowestoft has been formally opened.

Colin Law Way is named after Councillor Colin Law, who was leader of the former Waveney District Council for six years until his death in May 2017. He also served as a Suffolk county councillor.

Sadly he died aged 74 after a short illness and before he could see work commence on the bridge.

The bridge is being built by construction company Farrans on behalf of Suffolk County Council.

Colin Law Way forms part of the southern approach from Waveney Drive to the bridge and became operational in the summer.

It was formally opened in a ceremony on Friday November 4 by Councillor Law’s widow, Deanna, and other members of his family.

His daughter, Amanda Turner, said: “We are all very proud of my father, not just because of what he achieved for Lowestoft but also of how clearly well thought of and respected he was by people who knew him, and we are very grateful that his life and work are being honoured in this way.”

Suffolk County Council Leader Councillor Matthew Hicks said: “Colin Law had a big vision for Lowestoft and it is fitting that a road leading to the Gull Wing bridge carries his name.

“Colin championed Lowestoft, and his support for this project brings a legacy that delivers a structure that will boost connectivity and prosperity in the town and surrounding area for many years to come.”

Councillor Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council, described Councillor Law as an influential council leader but also a warm, friendly and well-liked man who cared deeply about a brighter future for local people.

“He was a tireless public servant and Lowestoft, Waveney and East Suffolk lost a great ambassador when he passed away five years ago,” he said.

“The naming of this road is a truly fitting, permanent memorial to Colin and it is a tribute to all that he achieved.”

Waveney MP Peter Aldous said: “The opening of Colin Law Way is a significant landmark in the construction of the Gull Wing Bridge, though much work still lies ahead. 

“Colin believed passionately in the importance of the Third Crossing to Lowestoft and how it could bring significant benefits to the town.

“We owe it to him to not let up in striving to ensure that this is what happens and that the bridge delivers lasting and transformative change for local people and businesses.”

Picture Caption: Councillor Colin Law’s daughter Amanda Turner, left, his widow Deanna Law, Peter Aldous MP, Councillor Matthew Hicks and Councillor Craig Rivett, Deputy Leader of East Suffolk Council, at the official opening of Colin Law Way. (Picture: Suffolk County Council).