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.

Norwich City and Ipswich Town fans at Carrow Road in 2015. Picture  Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267

Greater Anglia is running extra train services on Sunday for football supporters travelling to Norwich for the Championship local derby between Norwich City and Ipswich Town.

Library image of Great Yarmouth power station at South Denes adjacent to the site of the proposed biomass station. 
Picture: James Bass

Proposals to build a wood-fired power station in Great Yarmouth have been submitted.

Members of the Retroskate artistic roller skating club hand over a petition to Graham Plant, Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader, to save their venue at the Marina Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The future of a popular roller-skating club which is faced with being turfed out of its home will be debated by councillors on Tuesday (February 2).

Familes enjoy their donations
Picture: Ian Wall

A fire safety company that has re-located to Great Yarmouth from Lowestoft has donated more than 50 safety blankets and leaflets to its new neighbours.

Rhenus opens offshore logistics supply base in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Photo from Rhenus Offshore Logistics UK

A new partnership agreement and venture by a leading European offshore logistics company could signal further investment in the East Coast economy.

Changes to bus services across Norfolk

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Konectbus is changing some of its services. Picture Archant

From next month there are going to be large-scale changes on the routes of one of Norfolk’s biggest bus providers.

Kieran Sandwell: Picture: British Heart Foundation

A heart transplant patient is walking the Norfolk coast as part of a 5,000-mile trek around Britain to help raise £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life-saving research.

Defibrillator vandalised at Gorleston Links Bowls Club February 10. PHOTOS: Jayne Biggs

The mother of a seven-year-old girl whose life was saved by a defibrillator has said she is “devastated” after a life-saving machine she installed for the benefit of the community has been destroyed by vandals.

The beach and Wellington Pier in  Great Yarmouth near to where a black bag was spotted in the water on February 11.

Emergency services attended Great Yarmouth beach today following reports of a package spotted in the sea off the Norfolk coast.

LibDem candidate Marion Millership was joined on the campaign trail by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and Cromer Mayor Tim Adams.

Voting is under way in the Waterside by-election in north Norfolk.

Gordon Parsons has had to live in a hotel room for the past 3 months after his home in Stokesby was flooded.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A couple were left homeless for three months after a water company flooded their 19th century cottage by accident.

Library image of the Star Hotel in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Sonya Duncan

The future of an iconic quayside hotel is looking brighter as plans have been submitted to restore it to its former glory.

Bolting specialist Gee-Force�s strongest supporter, Europe�s Strongest Man 2016 and Ultimate Strongest Man 2016 title holder Laurence Shahlaei, who attends exhibitions and events with the Gee-Force team, with the Norbar Evo-Torque tool it hopes will help it break into offshore wind.
Picture: Supplied by TMS Media

Bolting specialist Gee-Force has launched a new range of electronic wrenches which could benefit offshore wind companies.

Plans for 73 caravans submitted

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Hemsby from above. Photo: Mike Page

A holiday park could be in line for a boost if plans for its expansion are approved.

A12 (Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown)

The A12 – which runs from east London to Great Yarmouth – has lost part of its mileage due to improvement works.

The Out There Festival of Circus and Street Arts 2013 taking place in Great Yarmouth. 

Picture: James Bass

Brexit won’t affect our plans.

Guests enjoying their lunch at Open Christmas Dinner for the homeless 2016  at Retroskate, Marina Centre, Great Yarmouth. Photo by Belinda Roll

A thank you has been issued to by the Open Christmas Great Yarmouth team to all the generous businesses and individuals who donated money, goods and time to make a Christmas Day event at the town’s Retroskate at the Marina Centre so successful.

North Walsham Velo members gather at the town's Market Cross before one of their Sunday morning rides. Picture: NORTH WALSHAM VELO

A cycling club set up two years ago in north Norfolk by friends who wanted to lose weight and get fitter now has some 120 members.

Sandra Forder, who has been awarded Weight Watchers diamond coach status. Photo: Weight Watchers

A weight loss coach has been recognised for her outstanding service to Weight Watchers members.

Vauxhall Holiday Park, Yarmouth. Picture: Nick Butcher

The UK’s largest holiday park operator is planning major improvements at sites in Norfolk and Suffolk as part of a multi-million pound national investment.

Surviving United - Domestic Violence Group in Lowestoft. Photo: Surviving United

Ahead of UK National Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week a trio of women who established a support group for survivors of sexual abuse are reflecting on a productive first year.

Police break into a house on Keyes Close for Operation Gravity searching for suspected drugs users. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Members of the public have today been thanked for their help in getting behind a major police crackdown on drugs which has seen 63 people arrested in just over a month.

Queen Elizabeth II will visit the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts on Friday January 27 (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/PA Wire)

Queen once famously sang ‘I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like.’ Ironically, for the actual Queen’s arrival to the University of East Anglia on Friday afternoon police have banned bikes from the Sainsbury Centre surrounding area.

Police have launched Operation Gravity in response to a worrying rise in stabbings in Norfolk. Photo: Antony Kelly

Three more people have been arrested in connection with drug offences as Operation Gravity continues in Norfolk.


‘Get on your bike’ - that is the message to people in Norwich and Great Yarmouth after council bosses were handed a grant of almost £1.5m to encourage people to cycle to work and education.

Konectbus is to withdraw the Number 7 service in Great Yarmouth Picture: Ian Burt.

Shock has been expressed over a sudden decision to withdraw Konect Buses’ number 7 service from Norwich to Great Yarmouth.

Trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth have been cancelled. Pic: Sonya Duncan

Train services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth are running again after earlier cancellations due to what was described as an “operating incident”.

One of Vattenfall's windfarms, at Kentish Flats. Pic: Robin Dawe/ Perfectly Clear Marketing

The area where miles of underground cables for a new offshore wind farm could be buried beneath the Norfolk countryside has been narrowed.

The River Yare approaching high tide in Great Yarmouth, at 8.30am on Friday 13th January 2017.

Complacency stemming from this month’s near-miss storm-surge could hamper evacuation plans in the future.

3 Sun working on the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm

An energy company received 1,500 job applications in just three days.

A Police dog searching a flat at Springbank for Operation Gravity after suspected drugs users. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Police have had a “fantastic” response to a plea for help in tackling the drug trade in Norfolk as they warn escalating violence could spill out into the community.

Picture shows: Aerial view of Wymondham.
June 2005
Picture by: Mike Page

More schools which would take children from age four up to 16 could be created as part of a wider scheme aiming to ease the strain on Norfolk’s school places.

A ballot box. Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth residents are to be asked to take part in another referendum in May.

3 Sun working on the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm

More than 100 new technicians are being recruited by Great Yarmouth-based 3sun Group to service £6m worth of new and extended offshore and onshore wind farm contracts.

Reedham Ferry back in action

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
A vehicle submerged under water and lodged under the chains of Reedham Ferry where the ferry docks onto the quayside. 
Reedham Ferry stranded on the opposite side of the river from the vehicle.

Picture: James Bass Photography

The ferry is back up and running after a car was removed from the river.

ScottishPower's offshore wind farm West of Duddon Sands.

 Picture: Chris James.

Up to 75 new jobs could be created at Great Yarmouth-based Seajacks after the company was awarded a major installation contract for the East Anglia One wind farm.

A vehicle submerged under water and lodged under the chains of Reedham Ferry where the ferry docks onto the quayside. 
Reedham Ferry stranded on the opposite side of the river from the vehicle.

Picture: James Bass Photography

The Reedham Ferry remains closed after a car plunged into the River Yare.

17-month-old Oscar Ash with mum and dad Georgia Gillett and Kyle Ash on his first birthday. Picture: Submitted by Georgia Gillett

A mum who vowed to raise money for the family centre which helped her while her son was in hospital has held her first fundraising event.

Police appeal to trace wanted man

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Dean Ely. Photo: Norfolk Police

Police are appealing for help from the public to trace a wanted man.

John Plaskett

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney is encouraging people with an interest in healthcare to consider applying to join its governing body and help drive through further improvements on behalf of patients.

Father Stephen Weston conducts the Theophany service at Sutton Staithe, celebrating the baptism of Christ in the river Jordan.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A small congregation gathered at Sutton Staithe, near Stalham, to celebrate the annual Theophany service marking Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan.

Active norfolk host a family festive cycling event at the Forum to encourage more people to cycle.
The 3Sixty cycle stunt team.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

It was all power to the pedals at an event aiming to promote cycling and encourage more people to get on their bikes.

Norfolk Police Sergeant Chris Harris.

Although the latest technology can transform a patrol car into a mobile database of information on all our vehicles, patrols around Norfolk and Suffolk still rely on traditional policing nous, according to Sgt Harris, of the Norfolk and Suffolk roads policing team.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell at The Silver Road Community Centre. Pictured with Clive Lewis MP and city and county councillor Julie Brociek-Coulton.

Arguably the most powerful man in today’s Labour Party, shadow chancellor John McDonnell spoke to Annabelle Dickson about his formative years in Great Yarmouth, and his continued affection for Norfolk.

White Horse roundabout

Flooding issues in Gorleston has angered locals with one resident describing his road as like living in a third world country.

Ukip leader’s anger at Farage death jibe

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Nigel Farage was the leader of Ukip until last month. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A Ukip councillor has asked for an apology after the boss of an energy company made a joke about the party’s former leader Nigel Farage dying.

Some of the hedgehogs that are on the mend thanks to Wild Touch in Rollesby.

The annual influx of hedgehogs at a wildlife hospital has been matched by a spike in volunteer foster carers.

Firefighters Phil Berry, left, and Andrew Heginbotham finish their charity cycle ride that took them to all the fire stations of Norfolk.

You may have seen Batman and Robin riding a tandem bike on your travels across Norfolk.

The two superheroes, also known as Phil Berry and Andrew Heginbotham, have cycled 350 miles to visit all 42 of the county’s fire stations.

Ex-Ukip members set up new party

Friday, December 2, 2016
The black and white rosette of the Tribune party. Photo: Tribune Party

After six months of planning, a movement has been set up to challenge party politics at a local level.

Norwich Railway Station. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The rail industry has announced today that train fares will go up by an average of 2.3pc next year.

Lights on at the Gorleston High Street switch-on event. Pictures: Kevin Huggins/Gorleston Traders Association

Family fun, fireworks and Father Christmas attracted record numbers of people to a coastal town.

Dog walkers are angered by proposals to force pet owners to keep their dogs on leashes on North Denes. Picture: PDCphoto

There was applause as councillors voted to scrap plans to force dog owners to leash their pets at a popular walking spot.

The site of the fire at the Regent Road Bowling Centre, Yarmouth, which has now been cleared, PICTURE: MIKE PAGE

A car park operator has expressed interest in purchasing the fire-hit site Regent Bowl and Indoor Market Place in Great Yarmouth.

Sajid Javid, communities secretary breaks his silence. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has said local people will not benefit from the £750m of infrastructure funding and £130m for funding for new homes which would come with an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk after West Norfolk council voted against the plan last week.

Train diverted to avoid sheep on the line

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
A train at Acle station on the Wherry Line which runs between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

A train had to be diverted this morning to avoid sheep on the line.

Marcous Webster was jailed for 18 months for being concerned in the supply of cannabis. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

A man has been jailed 18 months after he crashed a van at the A47, near Blofield, only for police to turn up and find a cannabis haul with a street value of more than £106,000 hidden in the back.

The East Anglia flag. But the devolution deal for Norfolk and Suffolk looks to be dead. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Devolution for Norfolk and Suffolk today appears to be in tatters, after councillors in west Norfolk voted against the deal.

The East Anglia flag. But the devolution deal for Norfolk and Suffolk looks to be dead. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Devolution for Norfolk and Suffolk tonight appears to be in tatters, after councillors in west Norfolk voted against the deal which the government had offered.

Christmas lights switch on row

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Gorleston Christmas light switch on.

A row has broken out over the Gorleston Christmas lights switch-on. For the past three years, community station Harbour Radio has hosted the live entertainment for the ceremony in the town’s High Street.

Pregnant women urged to quit smoking

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Screen grab from 'Smoking during pregnancy'. Video: Norfolk County Council.

Expectant mothers are being pressed to give up smoking to reduce the risk of seriously affecting the health of their babies.

Man fined for dumping waste in skip

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
In the early hours of May 30, Ali Mulla, and unknown others, were seen to pull up in a vehicle near a skip on the Gapton Industrial Estate and unload rubbish into the disposal facility. Picture: GYBC

A man who illegally dumped waste in a someone else’s skip has been fined £800.

Lacons Brewery head brewer, Wil Wood. Pictured with his son Joe Wood, who is 2nd brewer at Lacons. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A historic brewery is hoping the drink will flow as it prepares to increase its output by six times as part of its development since reopening three years ago.

Ten people, including six women - are standing trial at Norwich Crown Court accused of subjecting young children to sexual and physical abuse over more than a decade.

A Great Yarmouth pensioner charged with murdering his ex-partner’s toddler son almost 50 years ago has “exceptionally” been granted bail.

Locals and holiday makers have been left angered following plans to reduce council tax discounts on second and holiday homes. Picture: Submitted

Locals and holiday makers have been angered by a decision to reduce tax discounts on second and holiday homes in the Great Yarmouth borough.

Valerie Howkins, Museum of memories Great Yarmouth

A woman who became a pillar of the local community has died at the age of 83.

Historian and author Neil Storey. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

With his handlebar moustache and array of WW1 uniforms, Neil Storey has cut an imposing figure at living history events all over the country.

Stuart Howells

A 51-year old man has been given a two year Criminal Behaviour Order following repeated drunk and disorderly behaviour in Great Yarmouth.

Tributes paid to fallen heroes

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Tributes are paid to fallen soldiers at Great Yarmouth St George's Park

Poignant tributes were paid to fallen heroes in Great Yarmouth’s St George’s Park this morning.

Members of NCLS: Sara Westwood MJP Solicitors, Matthew Lord BBL Law, Sally Harris Spire Solicitors, and Mary Wood Volunteer Receptionist.

A law charity is marking an annual awareness week by reminding the public that free advice sessions on legal matters are available.

PCSO Vincent

Young police cadets have been out in force this week offering advice to vulnerable residents.

One of Vattenfall's windfarms, at Kentish Flats. Pic: Robin Dawe/ Perfectly Clear Marketing

An early report on what two major North Sea windfarms could mean for Norfolk is to be released to county councillors.

Sajid Javid, communities secretary breaks his silence. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The cabinet minister responsible for creating elected mayors has travelled to Norfolk and Suffolk in an attempt to rescue plans for the new post in the two counties.

A company which helps everyday life tick in the Great Yarmouth area is flying in to help sponsor the resort’s new air show.

Updated: Wanted man arrested in Great Yarmouth

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Jay Kedge, aged 20. Photo: Norfolk Police

A wanted man was arrested at an address in Great Yarmouth this morning.

George Freeman - MP for Mid-Norfolk

George Freeman has claimed “far from perfect” plans for an elected mayor are “better than nothing”, even though some of his constituents will not have a vote for the new figurehead.

The approach to Great Yarmouth on the A47.
March 2016.

Picture: James Bass

Tiny rare snails which have colonised the dykes on a treacherous part of the A47 are likely to have four years to settle into a new home before a safety upgrade can begin.

New train wheel lathe at Crown Point Depot, Norwich. MD of Abellio Greater Anglia Jamie Burles.

A machine, which operators hope will cut rail disruption this Autumn, was unveiled today.

Great Yarmouth East Coast Run 2016

Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Hundreds of runners braved blustery conditions to complete this year’s East Coast Run.

Picture of Anne Pashley returning to Great Yarmouth 50 yrs after winning a silver medal in the Melbourne Olympics. She was given at Civic Certificate for her achievements in athletics and as an accomplished Operatic Singer. (married name Anne Irons)
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Anne Pashley, who has died aged 81, was an Olympic medal-winning sprinter who started her career in Great Yarmouth.

Sheila Nursey, 90, with research student Juan Nunez, who is researching Paget's Disease.

It was when 90-year-old Sheila Nursey began falling frequently that she knew something was wrong.

One of Vattenfall's windfarms, at Kentish Flats. Pic: Robin Dawe/ Perfectly Clear Marketing

The developer behind another huge windfarm proposed off the coast of Norfolk has revealed its intention to bury miles of cables beneath the county.

The first moving pictures to be taken in East Anglia – from the end of Gorleston’s south pier.

A blue plaque will celebrate the first moving pictures to be taken in East Anglia – from the end of Gorleston’s south pier.

A new report has found mental health, giving youth the chance to achieve their goals, and an ageing population are among challenges for the county's communities. Picture posed by models. Picture: Time to change/Newscast Online

Youth opportunity, poor mental health, and an ageing population are today named among the three biggest challenges facing Norfolk’s communities.

Three of the winners of the Write On Norfolk competition, with judge, Wendy Thomson. From left, Harrisen Hale, bronze; Dakota Flannagan, silver; and Toby Adlam, gold. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Here are the three prize winners in the age five to seven category of the Write on Norfolk creative writing competition.

Work nears completion on the restoration of the turn tide jetty on Breydon Water.  The Albion Wherry passing the jetty.

Nineteenth century life on Norfolk’s marshes could be brought to the stage as part of a £4m scheme to promote and protect the Broads’ future.

James Clarke's cat, Simba, who was shot with what is thought to be an air rifle.

An RSPCA boss has today told of the “heartbreaking” levels of animal cruelty in the region as figures revealed a huge increase in the number of people being spoken to about welfare issues.

The four surviving kittens found near Lingwood having been thrown at a train.

Homes are today being sought for two kittens which have survived after someone tried to kill them by throwing them under a train.

King Edward VII grammar school, King's Lynn. Date: 1973

The government wants to create grammar schools. As parents, councils, schools, academy chains, private schools and universities assess what it means, we answer some of the key questions.

A packed St George's Park at the Out There Festival Great Yarmouth

Thousands of people have poured into Great Yarmouth to witness the spectacle of a massive festival of circus and street arts.

People selling One Autism wristbands on Gentleman's Walk in Norwich.

Concerns have been raised about the regulation of charity street collectors in the city centre as an Evening News investigation found yet more evidence of wristband sellers operating without a licence.

The Plantation Garden in Norwich is one of 220 Heritage Open Days events held across Norfolk this weekend

Have you ever wondered about the secret history of the towering church down your street, or the picturesque park you walk through every day?

Spirit of Enterprise 2015 winners

Thriving businesses have one month left to step into the spotlight by entering the Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2016, the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough.

George and Sheila Bennett who earlier this summer came to holiday in Great Yarmouth for the 70th consecutive year. They have returned for their 50th wedding anniversary to the hotel where they had their honeymoon.
Pictured with the Mayor Malcolm Bird. 

Picture: James Bass

It was the year after the end of the Second World War and the golden era of holiday camps on our coastlines was about to take off.

James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, Norfolk.

A hospital trust has reviewed deaths of women from breast cancer after being slammed in a report.

The East Coast Truckers set off from County Hall on their charity convoy.
Oliver Walsh with his driver Arron Peters.

With a chorus of honking horns and lots of smiling faces, a convoy of trucks set off from County Hall, in Norwich, for an extra special day out.

View from the top of Havenbridge House.
Town Hall.

October 2015.

Picture: James Bass

More than 72,000 people in the borough will not be able to vote for the elected mayor who would control multi-million pound local transport budgets and have power over where homes are built, it has been confirmed.

Spending on wages has increased at Norfolk and Waveney's clinical commissioning groups. Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Spending on wages for senior health bosses in Norfolk and Waveney has risen by nearly 15pc in the last three years – despite demands for millions of pounds to be saved locally.

Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan.

Thousands of people in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Breckland and North Norfolk will not be able to vote for the elected mayor who would control multi-million pound local transport budgets and have power over where homes are built, it has been confirmed.

Coastguard teams were called out. Picture: Supplied

Seven people were rescued from an angling boat today after its skipper called the coastguard at 11.30am to report he was sinking and required assistance.

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