Video and photo gallery: Great Yarmouth’s famous two bears leave their lofty perch

The two bears are being lifted off their plinths on top of the former Two Bears Hotel in Cobholm.
The second bear is being prepared for its removal.

Picture: James Bass The two bears are being lifted off their plinths on top of the former Two Bears Hotel in Cobholm. The second bear is being prepared for its removal. Picture: James Bass

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
12:25 PM

An end of an era was marked in Great Yarmouth today when the town’s famous two bears left their seat in the sky.

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The two bears are being lifted off their plinths on top of the former Two Bears Hotel in Cobholm.
The second bear is lifted off the roof.

Picture: James BassThe two bears are being lifted off their plinths on top of the former Two Bears Hotel in Cobholm. The second bear is lifted off the roof. Picture: James Bass

The antique animals were lifted from the roof of the Two Bears Hotel by workmen, as they prepare to demolish the historic building.

The Pasteur Road hotel was once a landmark for people coming into Great Yarmouth and is being knocked down to make way for a new Hughes Electrical store.

But its long heritage will not be completely lost as the 425kg stone bears are set to return to their lofty lookout when the store opens.

Inquisitive residents gathered, and motorists and bus passengers looked on, as the well-known grizzlies were lifted from their stoney seats and one by one, carried by crane down to the ground.

Great Yarmouth  -  Hotels and Boarding Houses

The Two Bears Hotel on Southtown Road which was built in 1910.

Dated  May 1967

Photograph  C9914Great Yarmouth - Hotels and Boarding Houses The Two Bears Hotel on Southtown Road which was built in 1910. Dated May 1967 Photograph C9914

Overseeing the delicate operation was Phil Munnings, of Yarmouth-based construction firm Munnings, who said the lift had taken some planning due to the precious cargo in question.

“It’s a planning condition that the bears are going to be re-conditioned and re-used in the new building, so they had to come down in one piece - it was critical,” he added.

“We fabricated a special lifting rig to slip underneath the plinth of each bear to avoid lifting from any of the fragile points of the bears. All the weight was taken from the bottom.”

The bears - nicknamed Yogi and Winnie by workmen - and are now in storage awaiting their makeover.

13 comments

  • "V" Possibly with the same culprit LOL

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    the lacons man

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • wonder if fibreglass plastic copies of the bears will be made and the originals get " lost " ????

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    the lacons man

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I think there are plans for both sites...

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    gy_bourne

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Perhaps if they store the bears with the lacons falcon facade someone would like to enlighten us as to where it is ?????,stored for replacement on the new building was said about the falcon as well !!! never to return ?????

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    the lacons man

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • And so the disgrace continues. At the end of the day we will have lost a landmark building and gained an ugly grey box and an empty shop in the market place and there's still two empty electrical shops within a mile of this site.

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    Norfolkadam

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Why do Hughes even need a store? They sell their goods on ebay cheaper than they do in the shops they've already got.

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    Kev Bacon

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • may be simply that they will own this building, the other will be on a very expensive lease

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    canaryken

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Are they going to be replaced with Cllrs. Plant and Castle? Both like lofty hights, sunshine to tan themselves and a bit of fresh air will do them good. They can also watch over Freemasons hall from their new perch. Will it be good for business? I doubt it.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The Lacons Man. They might even disappear, in exactly the same way as the old Gorleston library clock.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • wonder if fibreglass plastic copies of the bears will be made and the originals get " lost " ????

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    the lacons man

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I agree Electrical retail store with no parking!!! And another empty store in market square very fishy, and it aint from the harbour!

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    Gaz

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Norfolkadam. Dont forget the old Comet store and soon to be empty, the Paul Simon building next door, as they have just gone bankrupt.

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    "V"

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I'm still at a loss as to why the Bennets or Comet site are not being used, something doesn't seem quite right here...

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    ThePresence

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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