Your Town | Wells-next-the-Sea

Population: 2,451

Nearby Towns: Holt, Hunstanton, Sheringham

Pupils from Wells Primary and Nursery School complete their Scholarship Programme of The Brilliant Club with a graduation ceremony at the University of East Anglia. Picture: Wells Primary

Pupils from Wells Primary and Nursery School have been named officially brilliant.

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People opposed to plans at NNDC meeting: Picture: David Bale

Cabinet members have decided to press ahead with proposals to develop four of the council’s assets in north Norfolk.

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The scene at Wells in 2013. Picture: Ian Burt

Forecast tides were on a par with those predicted on the night of the storm surge of 2013, which brought devastation to coastal communities.

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Wells escapes threatened flood

Friday, January 13, 2017
The tide spills onto Wells Quay leaving the Albatros surrounded by water. But the sea did not breach the town's defences. Picture: Chris Bishop

High tide lapped harmlessly against defences at Wells, as the threatened gale failed to materialise.

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Wells harbour master Robert Smith, who has been made an MBE. Picture: Ian Burt

Robert Smith grew up messing around in boats around Wells Harbour. He worked as a fisherman and stevedore, before joining the harbour team as assistant harbour master 28 years ago.

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Season has opened in Wells. Pictured are Jeremy and Rachael Parke with (R) Luke Platten. Picture: Ian Burt

They started out frying fish by the harbour on a coal-powered range.

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Wells police station, where the defibrillator has gone missing. Picture: Ian Burt

Community responders are appealing for the return of a defibrillator which has gone missing from a police station.

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March Scouts James Richardson (left) and Aaron Spencer. Picture: Steve Williams.

Two heroic teenagers who ignored warnings to stay in shallow water during a seaside camp in order to save a 10-year-old boy from being swept out to sea are to receive top national life-saving awards.

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Scolt Head Island

Beach-goers in north Norfolk are being urged to keep safe after a family of six had to be rescued after being cut off by the tide on Scolt Head Island.

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Police say it happened in Staithe Street, where a man pushed his way through a group of people and then became verbally abusive.

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Wells RNLI crew put their new inflatable inshore lifeboat through its paces at their annual open day. Picture: Chris Bishop

The crew put their new inflatable inshore lifeboat, donated by a generous supporter, through its paces today as hundreds flocked to find out more about the work of its busy station.

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New campsite opens at Wells

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Chris Walsingham (left) and Pat Weston, at Blue Skies Campsite. Picture: Chris Bishop

Patrick Weston and Chris Walsingham have launched Blue Skies Campsite on land owned by the Holkham estate, off the Stiffkey Road at Wells.

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Pupils and staff at Wells Primary School are having 1 mile of exercise every day to help improve their health and fitness. Picture: Matthew Usher.

They do four laps of the field at Wells Primary and Nursery School in an initiative started by one of their teachers.

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Wayne Russell, here pictured in Heacham, is running around the British coast for charity. Picture: Ian Burt

For a man running the length of the entire UK coastline, getting a good night’s sleep at the end of each day is crucial. But this is not something that Wayne Russell is guaranteed as he is spending his nights staying at fire stations around the coast.

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Cheryl Phillips with her grandchildren, baby, Emilia-Grace, boy in front, Preston, girl behind, Sasha: Submitted.

A grandmother who was rescued after suffering a fall at Titchwell marsh, on the north Norfolk coast, is still off work and unable to walk nearly two weeks later.

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The Albatros leaves Wells to be surveyed at Great Yarmouth. Picture: Reg Holl

She slipped her moorings as clouds sailed in overhead like galleons riding the sea breeze.

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The newly refurbished Platten's Fish and Chip Shop in Wells. Pictured are father and son Phil (L) and Luke Platten. Picture: Ian Burt

Phil Platten, whose family have been frying fish at Wells Quay since the 1960s, is looking to complete a major revamp of the site this summer, when a new fish restaurant opens between the refurbished Plattens chippy and a new gift shop.

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A new pontoon could be built at Wells Harbour. Picture: Ian Burt

North Norfolk councillors today voted unanimously to approve the scheme, after a report said that the structure would improve facilities at the town’s busy quayside.

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The exposed interior of the Maltings.

The Staithe Street site is being transformed into a landmark cultural and community destination with a new heritage and learning centre, tourist information provision, theatre, community space, gallery and café.

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Plea to support Wells Carnival

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Last year's Wells Carnival Parade in full swing. Picture: Matthew Usher.

More than 25,000 people visited the town during last year’s event.

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Pupils at Wells Primary School are putting on a fashion show. Pictured are (L) Daisy, Tanya Cobb and Elise. Picture: Ian Burt

Pupils and teachers take to the catwalk on Friday night for a special fashion show.

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Norfolk Restaurants. The Globe Inn, The Neptune and Walsingam Cafe (L-R)

Norfolk is home to a range of unique restaurants that celebrate and support the local food and drink economy. Here are 13 places where you can feast on local produce.

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Steve Brundle at the Golden Fleece in Wells. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Live singing on a pub balcony is hitting the wrong note with neighbours.

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Gillying for crabs at Wells quayside. Picture: Colin Finch

It’s as much a part of the summer scene around the picturesque harbour as chips and sea gulls.

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Food and mess left from takeaway meals is being blamed for an increase in the number of rats in Wells.

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