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.

A photograph has captured all the fun of the fair from Great Yarmouth’s Easter Fair.

A new educational federation should focus on training more young workers to support growing sectors in the east while providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, one of its main supporters has said.

A coveted spot at the Latitude Festival is among the prizes up for grabs as an old favourite returns to the Great Yarmouth music scene.

Two Freemason leaders in Great Yarmouth have been banned for life and another two suspended from the Masonic Association after financial losses of almost £17,000 were discovered at the lodge.

A new educational federation should focus on training more young workers to support growing sectors in the east while providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, one of its main supporters has said.

All the fun of Great Yarmouth Easter Fair is returning to the town centre – with about 100 rides and attractions over four action-packed days.

A clothing retailer is to offer discounts to people on Universal Credit.

With the long Easter weekend approaching we look at some of the fun events going on across the borough to keep the whole family entertained.

A former nurse says his passion for social care will be a driving force behind his plans to connect businesses and charitable organisations in a Norfolk coastal town.

Police are appealing for help to trace a 57-year-old woman who has not been seen for more than three weeks.

McDonald’s in Great Yarmouth is biting back at anti-social behaviour by using a Mosquito device to disperse young people.

An industrial services provider will be creating more than 30 new jobs in Norfolk after securing a multi-million pound contract with two energy giants.

Gaming enthusiasts from across the region descended on Thetford as the town played host to its first gaming convention.

Guided walks focusing on the rich cultural heritage of the Great Yarmouth borough are getting underway, with a range of new walks added.

Police have charged three men in connection with supplying drugs between London and Great Yarmouth.

There are fears that boat owners living on Thorpe Island will be made homeless as eviction plans get underway.

A builder jailed after he left more than 70 homeowners out of pocket has been ordered to pay nearly £15,000 back to his dissatisfied customers.

Plans have been submitted to expand an Air Training Corps headquarters.

A man who crashed a van containing up to £142,000-worth of cannabis has been ordered to pay back £1.

They gave their lives during the darkest hours on the home front during the Second World War - and now their sacrifices have been remembered.

More than 75 years after one of the worst air raids to hit Norfolk during the Second World War, two plaques will be placed at Norwich and Great Yarmouth police stations tomorrow to commemorate the lives that were lost during the conflict.

A new project to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime has been launched in Norfolk thanks to funding from the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Will the UK Independence Party (UKIP) exist in 2019, when Britain is due to cut its ties from the European Union? That was the key question for leader Paul Nuttall as he unveiled his six key tests to prove that “Brexit means exit”.

More than 22 police officers raided three Norwich homes yesterday as they attempt to rid the region of Class A drugs and stamp out gangs from London preying on vulnerable people in the area.

Police appeal for wanted man

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who is wanted in Norwich.

Holiday hotspots along the east coast could go the same way as Pontins in Hemsby as borough council tax hikes hit home.

Councillors on Norfolk County Council’s children’s services committee quizzed education chiefs on Tuesday about the high number of children being excluded from school and education standards.

Commonwealth flags are flying on town halls across Norfolk and Suffolk

A pensioner has denied murdering his ex-partner’s toddler almost 50 years ago.

Students and police officers have been given an insight into the challenges faced by people with disabilities at a special workship.

An industry body helping to develop East Anglia’s offshore energy sector has said an “invisible barrier” is stopping women taking roles after one company’s recruitment drive saw no females in 1,500 applications.

Families are being invited to get in the pedal power mood by attending a free cycling event in Gorleston at the weekend.

A man who was jailed for his part in a series of burglaries around Norwich is wanted by police on recall to prison.

Generous shoppers have donated hundreds of pounds in just one month to a long-running Norfolk charity which supports blind and visually-impaired people.

The principal of a sixth form has emphasised the importance of acknowledging mental health, after making it a priority at the college.

Police have released two CCTV images of a woman officers would like to speak to following a burglary at a home in Bungay in early February.

Discount retail chain Poundland is set to branch into fashion.

A specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry based in Great Yarmouth has announced its chairman of its board of directors.

Two people were taken to hospital with back and neck injuries after a two-car collision between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

A former Norfolk detective who died after completing a half marathon in London has been described as a “highly respected and much loved member of the Force” by devastated colleagues.

Great Yarmouth borough councillors have voted to increase its share of council tax at a full meeting.

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.

Plans to build wood-burning power station

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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

Future roller rink to be debated

Monday, February 20, 2017

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).

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 has launched a new range of electronic wrenches which could benefit offshore wind companies.

Plans for 73 caravans submitted

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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

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

Brexit won’t affect our plans.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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