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.

Bus users on the coast will need to check timetables after changes were announced by First Norfolk and Suffolk.

A Great Yarmouth-based business connector who gets companies involved in the community has enjoyed a royal trip to London.

A Martham woman has been elected as the new mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough.

Battling cancer patient Gretel Brice is working through her ‘bucket list’ by directing a youth musical production of Little Women.

The new mayor of the borough of Great Yarmouth, Mary Coleman, has started off her special year in the ceremonial role by leading a day-long civic tour of the borough.

Rail passengers have faced disruption on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth trainline this morning.

People with disabilities will have the chance to try out a range of specially-adapted bikes in Norwich on Friday,

Testing has started on the first of Greater Anglia’s new regional trains that are due to transform services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Beccles Museum is hosting a special book signing day on Friday, May 25 when local author Sheila Hutchinson will sign her latest book, Reedham and Berney Arms Railway.

Norwich has one of the highest heroin death rates of any city in England. What impact is it having and what is behind the rise?

A promising basketball player was found with cocaine, heroin and more than £750 in cash when arrested during a police crackdown on county line drug dealing networks in Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

It famously featured parts of Norfolk as the wild backdrop to its tumultuous plot.

A village pub is to reopen its doors under new operators.

Norfolk-based Paralympian Jessica-Jane Applegate was the special guest as disabled swimmers took part in a “wonderful” gala.

A music shop chain with stores in Norwich and Great Yarmouth is to close all of its sites as it moves the business online.

For many of us, bad weather is a minor annoyance – but for tourism businesses too much of it can mean the difference between managing or foundering.

With counting finished in the local elections in Norfolk, there have been gains for Labour in Norwich but UKIP has lost seats in Great Yarmouth.

The votes are being counted after Norwich and Great Yarmouth headed to the polls.

Today is polling day for people living in Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Here’s some questions and answers about the elections.

Circus impresario Peter Jay has been rummaging around in his back-stage museum looking for artefacts for this year’s town trail.

A village pub that has closed its doors to customers will hopefully reopen in the near future, the company that owns the building has said.

A regional port director has taken on responsibility for another of his employer’s UK facilities.

A worker from Great Yarmouth is riding 100 miles to raise money for a premature baby charity following his experience when his son was born at just 26 weeks.

A campaign has been launched demanding faster trains times to and from Great Yarmouth.

Police hunt wanted man across Norfolk

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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

Record numbers of people are heading to Norfolk’s museums, new figures have shown, with those in Norwich and Great Yarmouth seeing particular spikes in visitors.

A police clampdown on anti-social behaviour in the borough of Great Yarmouth has led to officers disposing of cans of lager from youngsters suspected to be under 18.

An East Anglian accountancy firm has continued its expansion across the region after buying a West Norfolk practice.

A season of guided walks, focusing on the rich cultural heritage of the Great Yarmouth borough, is getting underway this month.

A team of nine B&Q employees from across the UK are heading to Norwich on two wheels today.

When faced with a long train journey, it can often be tricky for commuters to think of how to pass the time.

A judge warned that the carrying of weapons added to the gravity of any drug dealing offences after two men admitted their role in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin in Norfolk.

With Norwich and Great Yarmouth going to the polls next month, people have until the end of today to register to vote.

A prestigious engineering award has been handed to a Great Yarmouth-based coach company.

Great Yarmouth’s status as one of six “circus cities” is at the centre of this year’s arts festival offer.

Hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles are clogging up the region’s roads despite calls for motorists to opt for more cleaner fuels.

A building company has launched a small grants fund for Norfolk-based charities and groups.

A new gardening group which aims to bring women from different communities together is being held in Thetford.

Norwich’s Mandell’s Gallery is currently packed full of a colourful array of intriguing characters, a striking mix of figures all captured on canvas by Great Yarmouth-based artist John Kiki.

Norwich wrestling star Paige is returning to WWE in a new role after announcing her retirement due to injury.

A drink driver has been jailed after he led police on a 22-mile chase from Great Yarmouth to Norwich reaching speeds of up to 90mph and crashed into a police car.

Focusing on higher margin sales has brought an East Anglian motor trader back into the black.

More than £2m will be pumped in to a campaign to tackle loneliness in Norfolk.

Norwich wrestling star Paige has announced she is to retire from WWE.

Children got to experience a masterclass in the art of graffiti.

A regional accountancy firm has bolstered its presence in Suffolk through a merger with another practice.

The Easter bunny made a surprise appearance on the Lowestoft branch line to celebrate the holiday.

Teenage pregnancy rates in the east of England are at the lowest they have been since records began, new figures have revealed.

Updated: Stricken seal is rescued from netting on beach

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A seal caught up in a net on a north Norfolk beach has been rescued.

A Changing Places toilet has been installed in Gorleston as part of ongoing work to improve public conveniences for all tourists and residents.

The founder of the Specsavers brand was on “sight” to launch Gorleston’s new branch.

Norwich Credit Union is to move to a new office in the city after a surge in membership and loans in the past full year.

Drugs, cash and a machete have been seized as police made 11 arrests during a week of action against county line drug networks in Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

A Norfolk seaside town has been named as one of the UK’s top areas for personal insolvencies in a new study.

Repairs cancel morning trains

Monday, March 26, 2018

Several trains between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are cancelled this morning because of repair work.

A Norfolk police scheme to help prevent children being groomed by drug gangs has been praised by the Home Secretary.

The top tourism people and businesses in the borough of Great Yarmouth have been recognised at a high profile awards ceremony.

Arrangements are being made to demolish five of the homes that are hanging over the edge of the cliffs at Hemsby.

An industrial services group is putting a multi-million pound investment into its “important” Great Yarmouth operations after securing a contract with energy giant Shell – which could also bring new jobs to the area.

Police are on the hunt for two wanted criminals.

Dog walkers are being warned to keep an eye out on beaches in the borough of Great Yarmouth as they are with their pets following the discovery of palm oil on beaches.

An MP has written to Greater Anglia asking for explanations following a week of train cancellations and delays.

It’s been a cold winter for our furry friends, but cats can now cuddle up in new warm and cosy beds, thanks to a donation to the RSPCA East Norfolk charity.

Norwich man wanted on recall to prison

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Police have appealed for help in tracing a wanted man from Norfolk.

It is the coldest week in February for five years and Norfolk’s otherwise popular campsites should be empty.

Roll up, roll up, the circus is coming to town for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration and you are invited to join the show.

A woman’s crusade to help save lives across Norfolk by installing defibrillators in public areas has been given a major funding boost.

A collapsed estate agent franchise had debts of more 
than half a million pounds 
when it went under, documents reveal.

A project to conserve the first Great Yarmouth parish register is continuing.

A celebration of the Commonwealth will take place outside Great Yarmouth Town Hall on Monday as part of a national initiative to show commitment to the global family of nations.

Police are urging people in Norfolk to remain vigilant after a cold caller pretending to be a police officer once again tried to con a vulnerable person to withdraw a large sum of money.

A morning train from Great Yarmouth to Norwich has been cancelled because of a fault.

Great Yarmouth’s Cenotaph, in St George’s Park, has been recognised by the Royal British Legion as Norfolk’s best kept war memorial.

Commuters on the railways are facing delays and cancellations as snow is still causing trouble for operator Greater Anglia.

The Beast from the East is still causing havoc on public transport networks across the region.

Updated: Latest on First Bus services

Friday, March 2, 2018

Here is the latest on First Bus services in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

The MP for Great Yarmouth, Brandon Lewis, is encouraging groups in the borough to apply for coastal community funding.

Rail passengers have been warned to only travel if necessary with snow and ice expected to bring more major disruption across the whole Greater Anglia network.

There was disruption on the train line between London Liverpool Street and Norwich this afternoon due to a 9ft snowdrift.

Villages blocked off from the rest of the Great Yarmouth borough are struggling for essential supplies, with snow drifts preventing stocks from being replenished.

The Beast from the East is still affecting the borough of Great Yarmouth with trains cancelled, limited bus services and schools closed.

As the Beast from the East takes its toll on commuters around the Great Yarmouth borough, it has got tails wagging among our furry friends.
All day, you have been sending us photographs of your pets enjoying the snowy conditions - or not in a few cases.

A village community has paid tribute to a Norfolk man who slipped to his death from a Scottish mountain.

The borough of Great Yarmouth has felt the full force of the Beast from the East this morning with inches of snowfall causing traffic chaos and school closures.

As the Beast from the East swept a blanket of snow over the Great Yarmouth borough, we asked you for your pictures of the winter wonderland.

Bin collections have been halted across the borough of Great Yarmouth today following the arrival of the Beast from the East snowfall.

Rail bosses say they are using NASA-grade insulation to try to stop points from freezing during the cold snap.

Primark and British Sugar owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has said it remains on track despite taking a forecast hit in its sugar division.

The first flakes of snow have started falling in Norfolk amid forecasts of sub-zero temperatures across the region this week.

An iconic steam locomotive was unable to complete its return journey from Norwich to London.

Another retailer could be set to disappear from the high street with stores at Great Yarmouth and Norwich at risk of the axe.

Steam icon Oliver Cromwell will be back on the main line from London to East Anglia tomorrow – and is expected to attract a number of admirers to watch what may be its final visit to the region.

The collapse of the East Anglian franchise of an estate agency has led to the loss of 21 jobs, administrators have confirmed.

Friends reunited during special visit

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Friendships between the towns of Rambouillet and Great Yarmouth were renewed once more as a special tour of the world’s last surviving steam-powered herring drifter was enjoyed.

Crowds turned out in force to see axe-wielding Norse warriors battle in the streets of Sheringham, as the fourth annual Scira Viking Festival got off to a spectacular start.

An East Anglian estate agency franchise has collapsed into insolvency with the immediate closure of eight branches.

The closure of train services between Norwich, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth continues this weekend for signalling improvements.

A company which announced a ferry service between Great Yarmouth and Holland has postponed the plan due to fears over Brexit.

Please recycle your rubbish properly or you may face a visit from a council official.

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