THE memory of Great Yarmouth’s historic jetty - which was used by Lord Nelson - is hoped to live on after a plaque marking its spot on the seafront was unveiled.

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Dignitaries from the borough council joined staff from the Nelson Museum and members of the town’s archaeological society and preservation trust to reveal the lectern, which details when the jetty was first built, its use by the famous naval hero and how it became a favourite scene for artists to capture.

The ancient jetty, which dates back to the 1560s, was controversially torn down at the beginning of the year.

Campaigners had battled to save the dilapidated structure but it was knocked down after Great Yarmouth Borough Council said it would be too expensive to repair, with the bill expected to be £350,000.

The new plaque stands at the point where the jetty began and looks out over the stretch of beach where it stood.

Chris Brett from the Nelson Society, which contributed towards the cost of the plaque, recounted Nelson’s historic links with the town before mayor Colleen Walker unveiled its simple design this morning.

He said: “Whilst it’s sad we maybe losing the (jetty’s) physical connection it’s absolutely right that we remember it’s importance and the small but significant role Nelson had in its history.”

Mr Brett also encouraged the assembled councillors, including cabinet member for tourism Michael Jeal, to do more to promote Great Yarmouth’s important history.

“On a personal note, I was born in Great Yarmouth and attended Great Yarmouth Grammar School. My favourite lesson was always history, we learnt an awful lot about the long, varied and excellent history of this town,” he added.

“I think we could capitalise a lot more on the history of this town, if I could encourage you on that.”

Mrs Walker, who was born and brought up in Great Yarmouth, admitted it was “sad” the jetty had gone but hoped the lectern would keeps its important heritage alive for visitors and residents alike.

She said: “I hope visitors will take notice of it and come and have a look, and look out to sea and imagine what was because imagining is all that’s left.

“I spent many many a year playing on the jetty and under the jetty and it’s sad but at least this gives it life and I’m pleased to have it here.”

9 comments

  • "Dignitaries from the borough council joined staff from the Nelson..........." Hypocrites. I hope the plaque also says that the pier was destroyed by the Conservative council who prefered to spend money on useless schemes rather than on heritage !.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Shame the jetty still not there a pointless putting a plaque up. How long that lasts before it gets stolen or ruined walked round the sea front yesterday never mind about added think some put the lights out!!!!! Council should be shamed the state the town has got into

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    Glenn Rivett

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • At least the work of some Norwich School artists means that we can still see what it was like. Philistines like Reynolds and co have ruined Yarmouth.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • This is a very small gesture that Great Yarmouth could have done, it should never have happened in the first place!!! Those concerned in the destruction should be ashamed of themselves as they are probably Locals anyway. Millions spent on the plastic jungle along the so called Marine Parade, but not a penny our History of the old town to preserve the Jetty. Never mind lets move the town onto the next phase in Great Yarmouth,any building left empty council will sell it, it will converted let out to incomers who will bleed the council dry taking all they can get. Deep Joy

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    Ian

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Is something that was from the 1960's really classed as "history" and "heritage"?

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • 1960's?? the jetty had been there since the 1560s, Its an Absolute disgrace to have demolished the jetty. So much History and Personal Meaning to many people. Still look on the bright side, Least we are getting another casino!!!

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    Gorlmouth

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Shame the jetty still not there a pointless putting a plaque up. How long that lasts before it gets stolen or ruined walked round the sea front yesterday never mind about added think some put the lights out!!!!! Council should be shamed the state the town has got into

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    Glenn Rivett

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Absolutely disgraceful a historical part of Yarmouth with a history destroyed and for what? Surely funds could have come from somewhere for the upkeep. I don't think a plaque in it's place is going to cut it.

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    Jade_Alicia

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • The timbers which were pulled out recently looked in very good condition for being 450 years old! I was under the impression the the site was that old, not the structure. And the site has been marked for people to understand the importance of the location, not the newer timber structure which was built in the same place.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Friday, July 6, 2012

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