Picture Gallery: A look back to scenes and people of Great Yarmouth in 1955

A yacht stuck at the Haven Bridge, Great Yarmouth, September 1955. Plate P6686

A yacht stuck at the Haven Bridge, Great Yarmouth, September 1955. Plate P6686

Here's a selection of archive pictures from our library.

Great YarmouthHaven Bridge at Great Yarmouth.On the roundabout two signs can be seen, directions for

Great YarmouthHaven Bridge at Great Yarmouth.On the roundabout two signs can be seen, directions for Vauxhall Station and Southtown Station (closed in 1970 and demolished in 1977).Dated December 1955Plate P9560

They show scenes of bygone days in Great Yarmouth, the heyday of the herring industry, and a growing tourism destination.

All of the photographs were taken by staff members of the Great Yarmouth Mercury in 1955.

Enjoy!

Herring Fishing boat PD259 leaving Great Yarmouth harbour in 1955. Plate p8776

Herring Fishing boat PD259 leaving Great Yarmouth harbour in 1955. Plate p8776


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Herring Fishermen gathering net on the dockside in Great Yarmouth in 1955. Plate p8775

Herring Fishermen gathering net on the dockside in Great Yarmouth in 1955. Plate p8775

The crowning of Great Yarmouth's Queen and Princess in September 1955. Plate P6687

The crowning of Great Yarmouth's Queen and Princess in September 1955. Plate P6687

Surveyors working at Breydon Water, Great Yarmouth, September 1955. Plate P5843

Surveyors working at Breydon Water, Great Yarmouth, September 1955. Plate P5843

A dancer coming out of a giant Easter egg at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome. The event was sponsored by P

A dancer coming out of a giant Easter egg at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome. The event was sponsored by Palmers in April 1955. Plate P4604 - Credit: Archant

Great Yarmouth's South Denes and Pleasure Beach pictured from Nelson's Monument in June 1955. Plate

Great Yarmouth's South Denes and Pleasure Beach pictured from Nelson's Monument in June 1955. Plate P4564 - Credit: Archant

The Wellesley Road recreation ground with the Imperial Hotel in the background. Dated April 1955. Pl

The Wellesley Road recreation ground with the Imperial Hotel in the background. Dated April 1955. Plate P4431

St George's Chapel at the junction of King Street with Yarmouth Way which was under construction, da

St George's Chapel at the junction of King Street with Yarmouth Way which was under construction, dated February 1955. Plate P4138

Winter snow scene in Great Yarmouth, February 1955. Plate P4125

Winter snow scene in Great Yarmouth, February 1955. Plate P4125 - Credit: Archant

The Great Yarmouth fencing team pictured in January 1955. Plate P2867

The Great Yarmouth fencing team pictured in January 1955. Plate P2867

The former Middlegate Street area in 1955 after postwar reconstruction. Picture: MERCURY LIBRARY

The former Middlegate Street area in 1955 after postwar reconstruction. Picture: MERCURY LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

High seas? Well, high roof – the repaired lugger-style weather vane being replaced on the top of Gre

High seas? Well, high roof – the repaired lugger-style weather vane being replaced on the top of Great Yarmouth Town Hall 115ft above the ground, possibly in 1955. Mercury Library - Credit: Archant

Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth pictured in 1955

Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth pictured in 1955 - Credit: Archant

The newly installed Guinness Festival Clock which has attracted large crowds at striking time every

The newly installed Guinness Festival Clock which has attracted large crowds at striking time every 15 minutes - Great Yarmouth seafront - pic taken May 29 1955. Ref c11376

Great Yarmouth - heavy snow fall at Hall Quay, picture taken 18th February 1955. c13153

Great Yarmouth - heavy snow fall at Hall Quay, picture taken 18th February 1955. c13153 - Credit: Archant

Caravans and tents in the South Dene area at Great Yarmouth on July 26, 1955. c12214

Caravans and tents in the South Dene area at Great Yarmouth on July 26, 1955. c12214

Yarmouth Operatic and Dramatic Society members wrap up to rehearse the musical Oklahoma in an unheat

Yarmouth Operatic and Dramatic Society members wrap up to rehearse the musical Oklahoma in an unheated theatre in 1955. Picture: MERCURY LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

The Mayor of Yarmouth Mrs L M Gilham, watches members of the 8th Yarmouth Sea Scouts cook sausages a

The Mayor of Yarmouth Mrs L M Gilham, watches members of the 8th Yarmouth Sea Scouts cook sausages and onions on their hot dog stall at a Scout's fete in Gorleston. Dated August 1955 - Credit: Archant

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