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.

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.

Buses will replace train services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth / Lowestoft and between King’s Lynn and Ely this week, Greater Anglia has announced.

A charity which provides counselling to people who have suffered sexual abuse has received £75,000 for a new programme.

A decision to replace all train services between Great Yarmouth and Norwich over the half term has been defended, with the message that the works need to be done.

Move over Simon Cowell and X Factor judges there is a new talent show in town!

The Great Yarmouth-based charity Centre 81 is keen to give some of its members a break from their wheelchairs.

A wind industry veteran has joined the board of an expanding energy sector services group in Norfolk.

A snooker hall and bar and two fast food restaurants in Great Yarmouth town centre were evacuated for more than two hours as result of a hoax bomb threat on Tuesday night.

A charity helping people with disabilities to live more independent lives is urgently seeking volunteers.

Trains between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are cancelled this morning because of repair problems.

An acclaimed author visited to schools in the Great Yarmouth borough to help promote literacy among pupils.

East Anglia’s best-known steam locomotive Oliver Cromwell is to pay a final trip to the region later this month before it is retired after 10 years on the main line.

A Norfolk MP has called for the revival of a cross-party campaign group to push through vital upgrades to the A47 in the wake of two deaths on the road in recent days.

No trains will run on two major routes from Norwich for nine days this month, with replacement bus services instead taking on the mantle.

An international engineering company has announced plans to recruit up to 40 employees in the next two years as it opened its first UK base on the East of England coast.

An action group devoted to making the Great Yarmouth borough a more dementia friendly place has been boosted by accreditation from a national charity.

WWE star Paige said she was “sad” to miss out on the first ever women’s Royal Rumble due to injury.

A number of services in and out of Norwich Railway Station have been cancelled due to a train fault.

A charity offering support to victims of sexual abuse is to receive a big funding boost from Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

A housing strategy for the borough of Great Yarmouth covering the next five years has reinforced the need to build 500 good quality homes a year in the district.

Tributes have been paid to a gifted psychiatrist who dedicated much of his life to the field of medicine.

The man who became the first Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough after the role was reinstated in 2000, has died.

A man is to appear at Norwich Crown Court charged with assaulting a Great Yarmouth-based police officer and breaking his fingers.

Trains between Norwich and Ipswich are likely to be suspended for the rest of the day, Greater Anglia said.

Some of the region’s most historic mills, marshes and waterways which make up Norfolk Broads’ rich landscape could be lost without action to protect them for future generations.

A Holocaust Memorial Day service will be held in the Great Yarmouth borough to remember the six million Jews and other persecuted peoples who perished under the Nazi regime during the Second World War.

Norwich WWE wrestler Paige will never perform in the ring again due to her latest injury, according to reports.

Indoor bowling could come to an end at an historic country house hotel, club members have claimed.

Norwich joined several other cities around the country in lighting up a significant building to mark 250 years since the birth of circus.

The birth of the circus will be celebrated across the region as a landmark is set to be lit up.

Police officers who cover a rural area in the borough of Great Yarmouth are asking the public to attend a meeting to help shape policing priorities.

Rail conductor/guards employed by Greater Anglia are to walk out on strike again for three days – but the company insists passengers in Norfolk should not face any disruption.

A person has died after being hit by a train in Norwich this morning.

A person has been hit by a train in Norfolk this morning.

The life expectancy for men living in several parts of Norfolk is getting shorter – with Norwich seeing the steepest decline.

A number of train services have been cancelled as many people head back to work in Norfolk and Waveney this morning.

A marine company based in Great Yarmouth has given a festive boost to families in need.

Four new beginners’ running groups have been set up across Norfolk for people wanting to get into shape in the new year.

The career of one of the Great Yarmouth borough’s biggest sporting success stories has been boosted by Buffaloes.

Community spirit is alive and kicking with over 30 organisations and charities across Norfolk spreading some Christmas cheer this year.

A rare hardback edition of Anna Sewell’s novel Black Beauty has raised vital funds for Redwings Horse Sanctuary at auction.

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.

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