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.

The first grant of £5,000 to help communities develop affordable homes in the borough of Great Yarmouth has been handed out.

A warning has been issued about a council tax cold call scam in the borough of Great Yarmouth.

Village fun day draws 4,000 people

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Belton Fun Day and Classic Car Show saw 4,000 people enjoy a day full of entertainment and sunshine.

Train faults have cancelled Greater Anglia morning services.

The rise of Norfolk’s offshore renewables sector has helped to power diversification at a coastal safety firm.

Film supports workplace wellbeing

Monday, August 6, 2018

UK workers are among the most stressed in the world, according to a new survey. Sheena Grant finds out about an initiative to try and redress the balance.

An offshore energy services firm has recruited the help of a Norwich data centre to improve its “business resilience”.

Plans to introduce pre-planning application advice fees across the borough of Great Yarmouth have taken a step forward.

Do the people of Norfolk want their wherries or not?

The chairman of a firefighter’s union has made a fresh plea for the police and crime commissioner to leave the service in the hands of the county council.

Passengers travelling between Norwich and Great Yarmouth are facing delays and cancellations this morning due to a train fault.

Passengers travelling to and from Norwich are facing delays and cancellations this afternoon due to a train fault.

The east coast of the county jumped into Norfolk Day, celebrating it with special events across the region.

The investment in coastal communities which has come with the rise of East Anglia’s offshore energy sector has provided training opportunities for local residents.

A government initiative to attract more investment in offshore energy has been welcomed by industry leaders in East Anglia.

Santander’s North Walsham branch will be shut temporarily from today until August 22 while a complete refurbishment is carried out.

3sun Group, based in Great Yarmouth, will be servicing the construction stage of East Anglia One from the wind farm’s operations and maintenance base in Lowestoft.

A Great Yarmouth primary school has announced the appointment of a new principal.

Sports clubs in the Great Yarmouth borough are reaping rewards after members volunteered as bucket collectors and crowd stewards during the town’s first ever air show.

An I.T. support company based in Great Yarmouth has made an impact not only in the business world but in their community, having raised the funds to install a public defibrillator on their premises, which can be used by the whole industrial estate they’re based on.

A number of trains have been cancelled between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft this morning.

An energy services company based in Great Yarmouth has welcomed the chief executive of Oil and Gas UK to its newly opened centre of excellence.

An increase in the anti-social use of motorcycles and mopeds across the borough of Great Yarmouth has seen police issue a plea to youngsters to act responsibly.

A number of trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth have been cancelled due to train faults.

Updated: A47 delays after morning crash

Monday, July 16, 2018

Rush-hour traffic was delayed after two vehicles crashed on the A47.

A Great Yarmouth mechanic has reached the milestone of 40 years service with the same Norfolk dealership.

A young engineering business offering services to the renewable energy sector has added a big new contract to its portfolio.

A decision on whether aggregate dredging can continue on a slice of sea-bed off Great Yarmouth for another 15 years will be made in the next few months.

A symbolic milestone was reached as French and English towns celebrated the 40th anniversary of their twinning.

A defibrillator cabinet has been smashed in Gorleston High Street.

A Great Yarmouth store has announced the local charity which will receive its backing for the following year.

A cleaning company and a distribution centre are among the employers in the East of England who have failed to pay the national minimum wage.

Howards’ managing director for 24 years, Chris Mitchell, is retiring following the acquisition of the local estate agency by the Spicerhaart organisation. Property editor Caroline Culot spoke to him about his career.

An antique photo album containing images dating back to the Victorian age from across East Anglia has been discovered in a pile of items due to be thrown out of a charity shop.

Dramatic footage shows the moment a seal entangled at netting on a Norfolk beach was rescued.

A cruise ship carrying hundreds of tourists arrived in Great Yarmouth on Saturday morning.

A number of trains from Great Yarmouth to Norwich have been cancelled this morning due to train faults. The 7.30am Great Yarmouth to Norwich train was delayed until 8.05am, but has now been cancelled.

Great Yarmouth Minster will be opening its doors to Futures Fest, a careers event with a difference.

Commuters and football fans hoping to get to Norwich or Great Yarmouth in time for England’s match against Belgium could find it difficult.

Police have arrested two men and a woman in connection with supplying Class A drugs in Great Yarmouth and London as part of Operation Gravity.

A person in Great Yarmouth has been on the social housing waiting list for more than 10 years.

A headteacher praised the community spirit as hundreds of people turned out for a special event.

The largest boat to navigate the River Yare in 30 years has embarked on the voyage from Norwich to Great Yarmouth this morning.

A pay by phone system has been introduced across the borough of Great Yarmouth.

A family fun day aimed at raising awareness of services and organisations for carers throughout Norfolk has been held to round off a week of activities.

A “callous and calculated” London drug dealer who came to Norfolk after being stabbed in 2016 has been jailed for eight years after establishing a “substantial drug dealing enterprise” in Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

Greater Anglia has reported an “excellent performance” in the last month with punctuality on many routes more than 90pc during May.

An inquest into the death of a Martham man who died on a Scottish mountain will take place this week.

Rail passengers are today facing disruption after a number of trains have been cancelled between Norwich and London, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

Tens of thousands of people have enjoyed the Great Yarmouth Air Show and our photographer has been out capturing the crowds.

It is the second day of the Great Yarmouth Air Show today with tens of thousands of people descending on the seafront.

A flag-raising ceremony will be held at the front of Great Yarmouth Town Hall on Monday, June 18, at 10am, as part of celebrations ahead of Armed Forces Day.

Excitement is building in Great Yarmouth this morning as the town and tens of thousands of people prepare to celebrate the start of the air show.

Travellers are being advised to allow plenty of time for journeys this weekend, with 175,000 visitors expected to flock to Great Yarmouth for the town’s first air show.

Trains between Norwich and London Liverpool Street have been delayed or cancelled this morning as a result of a major track fault in the capital.

A Norfolk boat builder will be making the UK’s first hybrid pilot boat.

A trio of elephants lead a mammoth carnival through the streets of Great Yarmouth as smiles beamed and costumes sparkled in the sunshine.

A woman from Thurne has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of more than 20 years of service to people with Asperger syndrome.

People from across our county have been recognised for their contributions to health, education, business, the arts and their communities in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Drivers will face disruption from next week when a section of the A47 between Norwich and Great Yarmouth is closed.

Stars will be heading to King’s Lynn to film scenes for a new period blockbuster.

People mingled in the solemn summer sunshine of a busy Great Yarmouth Park to mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day.

As students studying film production working with Oscar-wnning director Danny Boyle may be a dream job.

After a Norwich man went to drastic measures to try and quell his rat problem, it appears he is not alone in being blighted by the rodents.

A brother and sister are trying to get in touch with old colleagues and friends of their great uncle, after he died of an asbestos-related form of cancer.

From opera along the north Norfolk coast to sculpture reflecting memories of The Fens and The Wash, several parts of Norfolk have been picked to be the inspiration for new artworks as part of a project across the east.

Mayor opens coastal exhibition

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The mayor of Great Yarmouth has officially opened a new coastal exhibition in the town.

The D-Day landings will be remembered with an annual service of thanksgiving and commemoration in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday, June 6.

Smaller towns and villages near rail lines in Norfolk and Suffolk could receive a tourism boost thanks to two new brochures which aim to encourage visitors.

The organisers of next month’s air show are encouraging people who live in Great Yarmouth not to drive to the event.

Train to Norwich cancelled

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A train travelling from Great Yarmouth to Norwich has been cancelled.

A chef has teamed up with a training provider to offer apprentices greater insight of life in the hospitality sector.

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

Trevor gets up close to the Royals

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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.

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