Call to use Great Yarmouth’s other pubs as Wetherspoons to close for refit
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A popular pub in Great Yarmouth is set to close this weekend for four months.
The Wetherspoons-owned Troll Cart, near Market Gates bus station, is to close on Sunday for an extension and refurbishments and to allow for a new hotel to be built.
The £3.5m investment will see a neighbouring building demolished and an extensive new beer garden built, as well as a new 22-bedroom Wetherspoon Hotel in the empty three-storey space above the pub.
MORE: Images show what Great Yarmouth Troll cart pub will look like after £3.5m workIt is due to reopen on December 5, leaving the borough without a Wetherspoon's for four months.
Now, county councillor Mick Castle has encouraged patrons of the Troll Cart to make the most of the other pubs the town has to offer.
He said: 'We are extremely lucky to still have so many pubs left here in Yarmouth, which is great news for both local people and holidaymakers.
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'My personal preference is for traditional real ales and we now have a small but growing number of local pubs which cater for that market.
'As ever it is a case of 'use them or lose them.''
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The ale-enthusiast said there are still 60 pubs in business which he worked out as being roughly one for every 500 people living in the town.
This year also saw East Norfolk get its own Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) branch.
MORE: Works on Wetherspoon pub William Adams in Gorleston put on hold after crypt discoveryThe closure comes as the opening of a highly anticipated new Wetherspoon's pub in Gorleston has been delayed again.
The William Adams at Gorleston was originally due to open last month, but that was pushed back to November after the discovery of two human skeletons and a hidden crypt on the building site.
The underground chamber is believed to be connected to the former Methodist chapel on the site, which more recently was home to GT Motors.
The bodies were exhumed and now the pub chain's construction team has brought in new lighter machinery upon advice from archaeologists – in case further crypts are discovered.
After being pushed back again, the new opening date for the new £1.5m drinking spot is expected to be February 6, 2018.
Following a competition held by this newspaper, which had over 1,000 entries, the new pub was named after named a 19th century lifeguard.