Great Yarmouth’s landmark bear statues repainted and restored

Construction manager Phil Munnings up close with one of the bears on top of the former Two Bears Hot

Construction manager Phil Munnings up close with one of the bears on top of the former Two Bears Hotel which is set to be demolished. Picture: James Bass. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Golden statues which watched over Great Yarmouth for more than 100 years have been repainted and restored, ready to return to their former haunt.

The hotel, built in 1910, was demolished this year. Picture: James Bass

The hotel, built in 1910, was demolished this year. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Hughes Electrical, which is moving to the former Two Bears Hotel site on Pasteur Road in Yarmouth, tweeted pictures of the two bear figurines that used to perch on the hotel roof. The hotel was knocked down this year to make way for Hughes' purpose-built out-of-town store.

The heavyweight animals were carefully removed by construction company Munnings in March, ahead of demolition.

Some feared the bears would be lost but after revealing plans to relocate, Hughes said the historic stone statues would feature prominently in the new store's design.

The retail site is fast taking shape. It is believed the firm will make an announcement about the opening date in the New Year.

Flashback to March 2014 when the two bears were lifted off their plinths on top of the former Two Be

Flashback to March 2014 when the two bears were lifted off their plinths on top of the former Two Bears Hotel in Cobholm. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014


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The independent company, which has its headquarters in Lowestoft, is moving from Market Place to the larger site in Pasteur Road.

• Have you got a story about Great Yarmouth's heritage? Email lauren.rogers@archant.co.uk.

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