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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 WWE wrestler Paige has revealed she has watched the movie based on her life and described it as “incredible”.

A stinger was used by police to stop a stolen car following a pursuit that ended in Great Yarmouth.

Four people have been arrested after a Range Rover was stolen from the Tesco car park in Stalham in the early hours today. A Norfolk police spokesman said the vehicle was taken before 1am.

Snow and ice proved no deterrent to early morning coffee drinkers at Great Yarmouth’s refurbished Troll Cart pub this morning.

A volunteer at a popular community centre has been honoured at a special awards ceremony.

NHS patients and staff from across Norfolk and Waveney have been sharing their views on plans to transform the region’s health system at a series of events organised by the county’s health watchdog.

The death of a man who was crushed by heavy equipment on a gas platform 70 miles off the Norfolk coast has been ruled as an accident, an inquest heard.

Inquest into death of offshore worker

Thursday, December 7, 2017

An inquest has heard how a medic and colleagues of a Lowestoft man desperately tried to save his life after heavy equipment fell on him while on a Perenco-operated gas platform 70 miles off the Norfolk coast.

One year into the war against drug dealers targeting Norfolk, violent gangs from London still pose a “significant threat” and may be being helped by local budget hotels and taxi companies.

A Norfolk boatyard has been boosted by a government scheme after receiving money back on its research costs.

Say hello to the borough of Great Yarmouth’s latest mascot - Vinny the Venture Velociraptor.

First snow comes and goes

Thursday, November 30, 2017

East Anglia has welcomed the first snowfall since last winter, but it is not expected to stick around.

Villagers are being asked to share their views on building new affordable homes.

A marathon-running comeback by a Freemasons member has helped give a £2,000 boost to a Great Yarmouth-based skills and activities centre for people with disabilities.

A 17-year-old boxer was not checked by ringside medics after twice gagging and vomiting as he fought in an unlicensed bout that led to the death of Jakub ‘Kuba’ Moczyk.

Video: Weird Norfolk: The ghosts of the Acle Straight.

Friday, November 24, 2017

It’s a stretch of road like no other in Norfolk, a spirit level which crosses the misty marshes to link a Broadland market town to the seaside.

A £98m pledge from the chancellor in his Budget means work could start in 2020 on a new bridge which will open up investment for the whole region.

Chronic skills shortages in construction and STEM subjects were addressed in the Budget with promises of funding to help training providers improve current practises and adjust to new ones.

A professional wrestler from Norwich returned to the WWE Universe after more than a year out of the ring.

A renewable energy expert has welcomed a decision by one of the East of England’s biggest ports to focus on the offshore wind industry in a new expansion project – which it has emerged could top £30m.

Video: Disney princess dream comes true for Caister woman

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Like most young girls, Simmone Taylor grew up dreaming of being a princess.

A project to help keep families together after a child has gone into care is being expanded.

Further expansion at one of East Anglia’s biggest ports could be on the cards to accommodate the region’s fast-growing offshore wind sector.

Offshore services company 3Sun has invested more than £1.4m in staff training to meet existing and future contracts.

A Norfolk law firm has pledged its support for a campaign to help nine UK charities.

Scouts can often be seen doing good deeds for others.

A civil servant charged with forging links between businesses and the community in Great Yarmouth has been granted a second year to continue his projects.

Passengers are facing delays and cancellations on trains in Norfolk today.

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.

A firm which tests metal components for the oil and gas industry has been given a £12,500 grant to help buy state-of-the-art equipment.

A senior Ukip figure has called councillors who defected to the Conservatives disgraceful, disgusting and disloyal.

Teams sought for charity quiz night

Saturday, October 28, 2017

There’s still time to enter a team into a charity Halloween-themed quiz.

Views from the office don’t come much better than this.

Hundreds have been arrested, weapons seized and thousands of pounds worth of drugs cleaned from the streets. But almost one year into Operation Gravity, is this war on drugs working? DOMINIC GILBERT reports.

Trains will not run between Norwich and Great Yarmouth this week because of a major line upgrade.

The boss behind a drugs gang responsible for trafficking around £250,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin into Great Yarmouth and bringing misery to its streets has been jailed for eight years.

Network Rail is carrying out nine days of intensive engineering works to upgrade signals on the Norwich to Lowestoft and Norwich to Great Yarmouth routes, starting this weekend.

Drivers face weeks of disruption and a 30 mile diversion as a one mile stretch of the A47 is set to close.

These images show how Norfolk’s new police stations will look as two new ones are built and seven shut.

From Abraham Lincoln’s ancestral home to Thomas Paine, East Anglia has a strong connection with the United States of America.

The Lowestoft branch of a popular bank is set to close temporarily.

Norfolk’s police chief today revealed massive changes to the way the force will run.

Work on a new junction to cut congestion around Great Yarmouth will begin 18 months sooner than expected.

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.

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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.

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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.

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