There are some great things happening in Great Yarmouth - isn't it about time you took a look?
PUBLISHED: 09:35 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 12 May 2017
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I want to take the discussion out of Norwich this week and talk about a place in Norfolk also dear to my heart - Great Yarmouth.
Like many of you reading this no doubt, as a child growing up in the area many a happy time was spent in and around the town, enjoying the famous snails, fervently pushing money into the slotties and delighting at the celebrity interpretations at the now sadly departed waxworks museum.
Now grown up (pretty much anyway) a family caravan in Newport means that my two sons take equal delight in the bright lights of the town.
As a journalist, I’ve always felt Yarmouth-related stories resonate with more readers than most - because there will be people who have physical attachment to the town (they live there) and those with an emotional one (because they enjoy visiting it).
And while there’s clearly work that needs to be done to improve the town and its image, I think it has great value to Norfolk, its economy and its tourism figures.
In fact, planned town improvements were the reason I was there, to meet with Great Yarmouth Borough Council and hear of their proposed schemes for the next few years.
In case you haven’t seen the stories, these plans include bringing the old Venetian waterways back to life, redesigning the market, making more of the historic area around St George’s Theatre and modernising leisure facilities.
It’s ambitious stuff and the council deserves praise for aiming high. I just hope it all comes off as planned.
I must have visited the town dozens of times over the years but what struck me this week was just how much of Yarmouth I’d never seen before.
In a 30-minute stroll we took in so much heritage, including the striking Minster, the historic rows and much more.
There’s so much that the people of Yarmouth should be proud of, though it would appear that self-esteem is something the town and its people are lacking.
Hopefully over the coming years that will change. In fact, if you haven’t taken yourself up the A47 lately for a trip to Yarmouth, it’s about time you did.