Memories and photos flood in following launch of Norfolk is... campaign

PUBLISHED: 07:44 10 June 2013 | UPDATED: 07:44 10 June 2013

Norfolk is... the Wherryman's Way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Photo: Cameron Self

Norfolk is... the Wherryman's Way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Photo: Cameron Self

Cameron Self

Memories of favourite Norfolk attractions and places have flooded in following the launch of the Norfolk is... campaign.

Norfolk is... the Wherryman's Way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Photo: Cameron SelfNorfolk is... the Wherryman's Way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Photo: Cameron Self

Many readers have got involved with the campaign using the internet, such as Cameron Self, who shared some of the wonderful photos on these pages, following a recent stroll along the Wherryman’s Way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

To others a simple photograph was enough to encapsulate what Norfolk is... to them, including Angela Sharpe, 35, from Winfarthing, near Diss.

Mrs Sharpe sent us a photo of her daughter, Jess, pictured, and said: “Norfolk is... spending Sunday afternoon riding the gallopers with my daughter at Bressingham Steam Museum.”

But others have been inspired to write to us with some of their nostalgic contributions.

To Angela Sharpe, of Winfarthing, Norfolk is...spending Sunday afternoon riding the gallopers with her daughter, Jess, at Bressingham Steam Museum. Photo: Angela Sharpe.To Angela Sharpe, of Winfarthing, Norfolk is...spending Sunday afternoon riding the gallopers with her daughter, Jess, at Bressingham Steam Museum. Photo: Angela Sharpe.

Cherry Green, 67, from Aylsham, said: “I have lovely memories of Wells beach. My husband and daughter used to ride Mr Green’s (no relation) horses down to the beach from the stables at the car park then have a ride along the beach.

“My husband used to ride Mr Green’s horse called Oscar who also used to do carriage racing. I used to go down to the beach on the little train.

“Also Gorleston open air swimming pool – on hot days we used to sit on the tiers above the swimming pool – even I would go down the little chutes at the side of the pool, being a coward who has never dived.

“Also fond memories of Yarmouth – when I was a child we always had our Sunday School outing there and I used to love walking along the front with a big candy floss.”

A Norfolk is... poem

Alan Waldron, Hethersett

Norwich’s Prem struggle in a bid to stay up.

Togetherness better than winning the cup.

Panoramic views where the big sky meets the land.

Villages where people care enough to give each other a hand.

Of walks and of bike riders, rivers that meander around.

Under natural arbour where beauty abounds.

The light and the shade as the evening draws in.

Still, the Broads skies sparkle, the stars completing their journey.

Blend the night into a brand new day.

Where sand stretch upon beaches mile upon mile.....Norfolk is hark!

In gardens sweet birdsong a chorus apart.

All of this on my doorstep, mine from the heart.

Or Tim Bornett, 69, from Old Buckenham, near Attleborough, who was another inspired to share what Norfolk is... to him.

“My wife and I moved to south Norfolk six years ago and since retiring two years ago we have spent time in our camper van exploring the Norfolk coast,” said Mr Bornett.

“We decided last year that the beach at West Runton was excellent for both walking and the magical unspoilt scenery, together with other factors and features that made us return to the area four or five times for a few days.

“With the tide out one could walk to East Runton beach and back, approximately a four-mile round trip.”

While Norfolk is... an old favourite of many to Phil Cutter: beer.

Mr Cutter, who is Norwich City of Ale co-chairman and landlord of the Murderers pub in Timberhill, Norwich, said: “We have a brewing and pubs heritage that dates back almost 1,000 years, with the malt grown to produce this beer being grown in the rich salty soil of north Norfolk.

“The Branthill farm run by Teddy Maufe can trace the growing of brewing barley back almost 2,000 years...City of Ale celebrates all this and more.”

Get involved

What place or activity in Norfolk most encapsulates how you feel about our fine county?

Norfolk is... is our new campaign asking readers to capture through words, pictures or video the reasons why Norfolk is such a special place to live or visit.

We want you to share your experiences of Norfolk through words, photos and videos in order to help our readers find new areas of our county to explore.

The hope is that by encouraging others to get out and about in this fine county, we can give our tourism industry, and the many businesses that rely on it, a massive boost.

The call to arms forms part of our successful and long-running Holiday Here campaign, which has the aim of encouraging people to support the tourism industry by making the most of the many attractions this county has to offer.

Get involved with the discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #Norfolkis or email your suggestions to reporter David Freezer on, making sure to provide your name, age and location.

You can also send us your photos and videos at with a few words to explain how it relates to the campaign, or write to us at Norfolk is… Campaign, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

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  • Loving this campaign now - there is so much to be proud of in Norfolk - the list gets longer - Norwich IS a fine city - and Norfolk is a FINE county - I used to love visiting Strangers Hall in Norwich, and the Castle museum - where there was a mummy with a hand exposed - strangely gruesome to a nine year old - holidays in Hemsby - as we got nearer trying to smell the sea - meeting my husband at the Hideaway in Haddiscoe - under water now - so many memories.....................

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    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • I would like to say that Norfolk has such a strong connection for me ,I have lived in Melbourne Australia for the past 40 years but still long for that wonderful county ,we try to come back as often as we can ,and I would like to add we always talk about the strawberries we got from the fields between Fakenham and Sheringham they tasted like strawberries should , just love our time there

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    Rodney English

    Saturday, June 15, 2013

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