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Launch event of tourist brochure looks forward to huge year of events in Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 09:50 09 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:03 09 December 2016

The air show is one of many events to be held in the town next year.   Picture: James Bass

The air show is one of many events to be held in the town next year. Picture: James Bass

Tourism chiefs in Great Yarmouth are looking forward to next year’s Air Show describing it as their biggest project yet.

What we miss!

House of Wax - A cult waxworks on Regent Road in Great Yarmouth, which closed down in 2012 after 58 years. Legendary works included Cliff Richard, Prince Charles and Michael Owen.

Yesterday’s World - Quirky seafront heritage attraction in Great Yarmouth which focused on how we used to live with street scenes, preserved shops, a myriad of time-warp artefacts and a themed tea room.

Bygone Village - Popular family venue in Fleggburgh which had a host of memorobillia and activities on offer.

Winter Gardens - Has been a concert venue, skating rink and children’s amusement park. Currently vacant but councillors hope to bring it back to use in the future.

Regent Superbowl and Indoor Market - A 50 year old bowling alley which was caught in a blaze with along with the indoor market place in August. Hopefully only temporarily gone.

The event which is set to take place between June 15 and 18, headlines a year full of popular events including the Maritime Festival and the Out There Festival.

But the air show was the main topic to be brought up at the Greater Yarmouth and Business Improvement Area’s brochure launch meeting for 2017.

Organisers hope the event will bring in around 300,000 people to the town and provide a £10m boost to the local economy.

The tourism authority’s chairman, Gareth Brown, said: “Our estimations is that we are going to run the air show initially for three years, and during those three years we estimate that £55m will be brought into the local economy.

What to look forward to in 2017

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, open March to October – The historic theme park is one of many attractions on the seafront including the Sea Life Centre, restaurants, arcades and the Venetian Waterways.

Great Yarmouth Air Show, June 15 to 18, 2017 – Aircraft will dance in the skies over Great Yarmouth seafront next summer. It is set to be the biggest event to ever hit the town, and organisers hope it will attract 300,000 people and a £10m boost to the economy.

Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, July 8-9, 2017 – An array of classic and contemporary vehicles will be lined up alongside the Golden Mile. Expect a host of entertainment on wheels.

Gorleston Cliff Top Festival, July 29-30, 2017 – Returning for its 20th anniversary the festival offers a huge variety of entertainment including stalls, a fun fair, music, sports, a firework finale and more.

Summer fireworks – Fireworks every Wednesday in Great Yarmouth from July 19 to August 30 on the seafront at 10pm and in Hemsby, every Tuesday from July 25 to August 29 at 10pm.

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival, September 9-10, 2017 – Annual festival which celebrates the town’s maritime past, present and future. People are given the chance to view and board vintage boats on a weekend full of entertainment.

Out There International Festival of Street Arts and Circus, September 16-17, 2017 – The wild and the wacky will arrive into Yarmouth, with spectacular skills and sensational fun for the family.

“That starts off with 300,000 people arriving next year and we expect it to increase year by year. It will undoubtedly do a lot for Great Yarmouth and the whole of Norfolk.”

As well as promoting the year’s upcoming events, the event which was held yesterday celebrated businesses and showcased the town’s latest promotional video material.

Tributes were also paid to the town’s former mayor Tony Smith and Valerie Howkins, who both died this year, having contributed a lot to tourism in the town.

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