Your Town | Great Yarmouth

Population: 70,234

Nearby Towns: Lowestoft, Gorleston, N.Walsham

From a traditional, hard-working and prosperous fishing town Great Yarmouth became one of the top holiday resorts in the UK.

Bombed in the first-ever air raid - by Zeppelin in the first world war - it became a major port target for the Germans in the second world war. The changing fortunes of the town meant it had to veer away from its dependency on herring, and instead turned its attention to tourism, attracting millions of holidaymakers to its hotels, guest houses and burgeoning number of caravan and chalet parks. Major stars of showbiz mingled with happy holidaymakers who flocked to their shows... but when the holiday on the Continent became more attractive, the resort's fortunes dwindled once again.

Great Yarmouth has been re-inventing itself throughout the decades and centuries and it continues to change, more recently with an outer harbour and enterprise zones to attract offshore companies and creating hundreds of jobs.

Its heritage is recognised as being one of the best in East Anglia, with an ancient town wall and many museums and places of interest, including the award-winning Time and Tide Museum, Elizabethan House, Tolhouse Museum, the towering Nelson's Monument and the imposing Town Hall overlooking the busy and working River Yare.

Norfolk will be celebrating its trading relationships with the Netherlands as a special guest visits the county this week.

Rail passengers are set to experience widespread disruption as work on a major modernisation plan gets under way.

Extra train services will be provided this weekend for the East Anglian derby.

The mayor of Great Yarmouth visited a charity fundraising stalwart.

Video: Puppet man stars in new rap video

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A new hip hop music video aims to show Great Yarmouth in a positive light.

The secret to a long and happy marriage is to go to bed with a kiss.

An East Anglian department store chain which announced the closure of one of its premises this week is still performing well despite a “challenging” trading environment, according to its chairman.

An award-winning charity which houses vulnerable young people in Great Yarmouth is in £30,000 of debt and has reported itself to regulators.

Police search for wanted man

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Police are appealing for help from the public to trace a 21-year-old Great Yarmouth man who is wanted.

Staff members, parents and children have said farewell to a service that has helped hundreds of families over the past decade and half.

Ad Feature: Have you got peace of mind when it comes to skin cancer?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Skin cancer is on the rise, and Dr Deepak Rallan is tackling the problem head on with a screening process which offers a life free of worry from the disease.

Roy Walding, whose love of singing and amateur dramatics greatly enriched the life of the borough of Great Yarmouth, has died at the age of 84.

Businesses will have access to a wealth of advice and opportunities at a free business surgery at Beacon Park in Gorleston.

Two women from Newtown have been named the group’s Slimming World Women of the Year.

A conman tried to trick a Norfolk woman out of cash by posing as a detective from Scotland Yard.

The local based series will be premiered later this month

A commercial painting and decorating business has closed with debts of £160,000, with administrators pointing to cashflow pressures.

The Coastguard have called off their search for a missing diver off the coast of Great Yarmouth.

A diver is still missing off the coast of Great Yarmouth after overnight air and sea searches.

From brilliant arts venues to wonderful artists to great festivals, an amazing array of cultural champions from across the county have been nominated for the 2017 EDP People’s Choice Awards - and now it is time for you to vote for who you think should win the best indiviudal accolade.

Cold callers are continuing to pose as police officers and prey on vulnerable elderly people, demanding they withdraw huge sums of cash.

A Great Yarmouth charity has vowed to continue its work in the community, following the departure of its chief executive.

Officers are reminding Norfolk residents to be vigilant following another incident involving a cold caller claiming to be a police officer.

Residents of the borough of Great Yarmouth are being invited to attend the annual general meeting of a group that forges strong international links.

A popular high street name is returning to Great Yarmouth after another brand departed from the town.

The number of parents in Norfolk and Suffolk fined for their children’s truancy fell dramatically over just two years.

The 118-year-old Wherry Maud was successfully lifted from the water in a delicate operation lasting more than six hours.

A number of train services have been cancelled on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth line today.

Norfolk residents are being warned to be vigilant of cold callers claiming to be police officers who need help with an investigation.

Love stories are a cinematic staple, but at Dereham’s Hollywood cinema, one real-life romance is about to reach its happily-ever-after.

A woman was taken to hospital after falling from a mobility scooter.

Do you want your whole local council voted for every four years?

Organisers are putting the finishing touches to this year’s Somerton fete.

A golden ale has been recreated by Great Yarmouth-based brewery Lacons that proved a hit with female drinkers in the 1950s and 1960s.

A year on after the Regent Road blaze has seen a second set of plans for the fire ravaged site in the hands of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

It was one of the biggest and most devastating fires in living memory. A year after a fierce blaze tore through Great Yarmouth’s most famous tourism thoroughfare at the height of the holiday season reporter Liz Coates revisits the scene

Two cars have crashed into the water-filled ditches which run alongside the a section of the A47 near Great Yarmouth.

A public meeting has been held to introduce the Community Land Trust (CLT) scheme to residents in the borough of Great Yarmouth.

East Anglian companies have won £9m of contracts to service wind farms off the Suffolk and German coasts.

The massive wooden bulk of the Wherry Maud, one of only two trading wherries left on the Broads, will be lifted from the water in a delicate operation on August 9 in order for three yearly maintenance and re-fit work to be carried out.

An adventurous nurse at the region’s mental health trust has described the emotion of completing a half marathon in scorching heat to make a difference to some of Sierra Leone’s most impoverished children.

A pair of dancing enthusiasts are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Wannabe cowboys are in luck as a Lowestoft theme park opens a new interactive western-themed ride.

Norfolk author Anna Sewell’s classic story of Black Beauty is being celebrated in a special exhibition marking the 140th anniversary of the book.

Residents of six villages in the Great Yarmouth borough are being asked if they are interested in joining a trust scheme looking at new and affordable homes.

Villagers in Fritton have proudly unveiled a new sign thanks to a £4,000 grant from a tourism body.

A tradition thought to date back to 1556 has seen the mayors of Norwich and Great Yarmouth meet at Hardley Cross.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary hopes to banish holiday boredom with the return of its annual summer club offering children free and fun activities over the school break.

Without volunteers charities across the county would not be able to do some of the fantastic work for their communities and raise the vast sums that allow them to keep going.

A taxi firm has suspended two drivers over allegations that a passenger with a severe mental health condition was mocked.

Organisers of a seminar series on digital marketing for small and medium-sized businesses have hailed the events as a “great success”.

Here are the latest moves and appointments from across the region.

Two of the biggest car dealers in the region have continued to grow their turnover despite pressure on margins brought about by the economic turbulence.

There are train delays between Norwich and Great Yarmouth this morning because of train faults.

A bus company said it has taken “appropriate action” after a driver was caught eating crisps while driving on the Acle Straight.

A disabled woman was left stranded almost 10 miles from her home after it was claimed a bus driver refused to provide her with a full journey.

Two of the biggest car dealers in the region have continued to grow their turnover despite pressure on margins brought about by the economic turbulence.

The number of dedicated ambulance stations in Norfolk could be reduced from 15 to three as part of plans to share more facilities with other emergency and community services.

They have been a part of civic life for 300 years - and now they are celebrating by putting £3m back into the community.

Websites are gaining importance as an asset in attracting customers and are in many sectors starting to replace the high street shop front as the first point of contact between business and consumer.

Services between Norwich and Sheringham, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth could be disrupted for the rest of the day.

There will be a rare chance to hear the roar of wartime aeroplane at a festival celebrating engineering.

Online display advertising can help smaller businesses target their advertising to those who may be interested in their products.

Digital marketing experts will be helping small and medium businesses to get to grips with the creation and applications of video.

Search engine optimisation (SEO), a process to make sure customers find your business online, is a key tool in a small business’s digital marketing arsenal.

Search engine optimisation (SEO), a process to make sure customers find your business online, is a key tool in a small business’s digital marketing arsenal.

A convoy of classic cars and bikes is taking to the county’s roads to raise funds for a centre which enriches the lives of people with disabilities.

It was a devastating Second World War bombing raid, which caused destruction across the Great Yarmouth borough.

The crew of an RAF helicopter that were killed when it crashed off the Norfolk coast 50 years ago have been remembered at a special service.

Media company Archant is helping small businesses to wrap their heads around the ever-changing digital world.

Two London based drug dealers who knifed a rival to death after moving their operation to the Norfolk coast lost their appeals at the High Court today.

Police are appealing for help from the public to trace a 31 year-old man from Norwich who is wanted.

A group of young adults have been brought together by a charity to help raise funds for a life-saving piece of equipment.

A special flag to mark Armed Forces Day has been raised outside of Great Yarmouth Town Hall, honouring the nation’s troops.

A charity-run skills and activities centre in Great Yarmouth has teamed up with a local technology firm.

In 1844 Norfolk entered a new transport age with the opening of its first railway line.

Take That fans were met with long queues at Norwich train station after last night’s concert at Carrow Road with some describing the situation as “chaos”.

Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft firms were among the exhibitors at Europe’s largest offshore wind energy conference.

Trains were delayed between Norwich and Great Yarmouth this morning because persistent cows refused to move off the tracks.

A dog whose body was found tied to a concrete weight in the River Thurne on the Norfolk Broads may have been alive when it went into the water.

A flag-raising ceremony will be held outside Great Yarmouth Town Hall on Monday, June 19, at 10am, as part of celebrations for Armed Forces Day.

We asked the general election candidates in Norfolk and Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them today. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:

Innovators in offshore wind energy must continue work to drive down costs as the sector asserts increasing dominance over the East of England coast.

We asked the general election candidates in Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them on Thursday, June 8. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:

The deaths of thousands of troops who helped to liberate Europe in the Second World War are to be remembered in Great Yarmouth.

The mayor of Great Yarmouth has reopened a popular charity shop after a major refurbishment.

A Great Yarmouth company is celebrating fundraising success after it pledged its support for Age Concern.

Two Great Yarmouth technology firms are joining forcers to create one of the region’s largest IT support companies.

A village is set to showcase a new sign thanks to a grant from a tourism body promoting the borough of Great Yarmouth.

Arts correspondent Emma Knights asks some of our region’s cultural leaders to share their views about the key issues for their sector in the June 8 general election.

A hunt has been launched to find people who help to boost and promote sport across the borough of Great Yarmouth.

Further calls have been made for people to stay safe at the seaside after several people got into difficulties during the weekend.

A bus driver allegedly told an elderly passenger ‘you don’t have to pay anyway’ after she complained that he was rude.

Exciting plans to revamp a seafront cinema have been given the go ahead.

An inquest has opened into the death of a teenager who died in a crash on the A47.

Heroes who risked their lives to rescue drowning swimmers off a north Norfolk beach have been honoured by Royalty.

Roger Ditcham, who has died suddenly aged 69, was a village champion for Freethorpe and cub scout stalwart.

Retail giant Marks & Spencer has seen annual profits tumble by nearly two thirds and revealed sales across its under-pressure clothing arm have plunged back into reverse.

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