Discover where the people of Diss have come from

PUBLISHED: 16:26 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:57 20 March 2018

Diss Mere. Picture: Sarah Elizabeth page

Diss Mere. Picture: Sarah Elizabeth page


For a small and unassuming market town on the fringe of Norfolk, Diss attracts people from all corners of the globe.

Members of the Enjoy Diss More Facebook group shared their stories of what brought them to this part of the world with the general consensus being once you move to Diss, you don’t look back.

Eli Kartalova wrote: “I was born in Bulgaria and in 2009 I came to Diss where I met my partner who is also Bulgarian.

“After a few years of thinking where we want to live and raise our son we bought our first house in Diss.

“The town is small, beautiful and quiet and most things we need are here or 16 to 20 miles away.

“People are very friendly and we are happy here. We enjoy Diss.”

Paula Fowles also wrote: “I have lived in Diss for only two years and I love it - wish I had moved here years ago.”

Neal Liu, who owns Happy Palace Chinese Restaurant in the Heritage Triangle, came to Diss ten years ago for a business opportunity.

Before this he lived in London after moving to the UK from Fujian on the south east coast of mainland China.

He said: “We have been here years and so many people know us and they are so friendly.

“It is great to be part of this community.”

Some members are still Enjoying Diss More even if they have moved away.

Andie Holloway moved to the area at the age of four from west London with her family and lived here until she married before spending four years in Germany.

She said: “I live in Attleborough now and my daughter and her family live in Diss so that is a great reason to visit and I am in the town most Thursdays to see my sister.”

Even further afield than Attleborough is Sally Thynne who lived in Diss from 1961 to 1978 and is now living in Cape Town, South Africa.

What brought you to this part of the world? Have you always lived in Diss?

Share your story on our Enjoy Diss More Facebook Group here.

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