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Population: 70,234

Nearby Towns: Lowestoft, Gorleston, N.Walsham

From a traditional, hard-working and prosperous fishing town Great Yarmouth became one of the top holiday resorts in the UK.

Bombed in the first-ever air raid - by Zeppelin in the first world war - it became a major port target for the Germans in the second world war. The changing fortunes of the town meant it had to veer away from its dependency on herring, and instead turned its attention to tourism, attracting millions of holidaymakers to its hotels, guest houses and burgeoning number of caravan and chalet parks. Major stars of showbiz mingled with happy holidaymakers who flocked to their shows... but when the holiday on the Continent became more attractive, the resort's fortunes dwindled once again.

Great Yarmouth has been re-inventing itself throughout the decades and centuries and it continues to change, more recently with an outer harbour and enterprise zones to attract offshore companies and creating hundreds of jobs.

Its heritage is recognised as being one of the best in East Anglia, with an ancient town wall and many museums and places of interest, including the award-winning Time and Tide Museum, Elizabethan House, Tolhouse Museum, the towering Nelson's Monument and the imposing Town Hall overlooking the busy and working River Yare.

A man who started out cleaning windows and dusting wardrobes in a seafront hotel when he was 16-years-old has been appointed a director of the business.

A woman has warned beachgoers after finding syringes and needles washed up on the sand in Great Yarmouth.

A man surprised his girlfriend with a tattoo on his chest that asked, ‘Will you marry me?’

An inquest has opened into the death of a man who was found at allotments in Great Yarmouth.

The £3.5m redevelopment of Great Yarmouth’s six-day marketplace could take another step forward this week as the plan is discussed by the borough council.

Video How cute! New arrivals at popular Norfolk zoo

Sunday, September 13, 2020

A popular Norfolk attraction is celebrating a top double.

A bid to build 33 homes on land belonging to a private house has been recommended for approval by planners - despite objections from neighbours and the local parish council.

On Ladies Day at Great Yarmouth racecourse the tills would normally be ringing into the night.

A lane and a pavement will be closed for a week to allow for repairs on a problem-plagued bridge.

Court orders closure of two drug dens

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Two properties in the Great Yarmouth area have been issued with closure orders after complaints of drugs and anti-social behaviour.

A mother-of-two endured a “stressful” morning watching bus after bus drive past before having to walk her six-year-old son 45 minutes to school.

A couple’s shouts and screams as they rode a seafront rollercoaster were quickly succeeded by shrieks of joy when the man proposed to his girlfriend at a famous Great Yarmouth theme park.

Updated Firefighters tackle blaze at caravan

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a caravan in Great Yarmouth.

Some 114 years of history in Great Yarmouth have been vanishing as an old school faces demolition - prompting former pupils to share their memories.

A man who struggled at school due to undiagnosed dyslexia is about to launch a new education and training centre in Great Yarmouth.

A famous attraction on Great Yarmouth’s seafront is hoping visitors will take the opportunity to enjoy an extension to its normal season.

A café has had to close for two weeks after its manager came into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

An empty unit on a Great Yarmouth retail park could be set for a new lease of life as a personal training studio.

Residents of Great Yarmouth have been invited to take part in shaping a bid for a potential multi-million cash investment in the borough’s urban areas.

A 26-year-old man has been jailed for three years in connection with selling cocaine, cannabis and MDMA.

Emergency services are at the scene of an incident involving a boat on a river in Great Yarmouth.

A town centre bakery that had traded for more than 150 years before closing has reopened under new management.

A man concerned over the safety of ducklings at a seafront pond has built a ramp allowing the fledgling fowl access to dry land.

A problem-plagued bridge will not be opened over concerns it could get stuck in the lifted position and disrupt a seaside town during the busy summer season.

A husband and wife who were boating along the coast are ‘stuck on holiday’ due to a broken bridge in Great Yarmouth.

Temporary traffic management measures could be introduced as part of coronavirus restrictions in a coastal town.

Updated Woman, 36, reported missing from home

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Police confirmed they have found a woman who had been reported missing.

A woman grabbed a knife off a would-be robber as he demanded money.

A couple who scooped a £1 million lottery scratchcard prize have traded in a world tour for a campervan trip to - among other places - Great Yarmouth.

Phones have been ringing incessantly at a circus on the coast after the government’s U-turn over lockdown easing.

A retiring court usher has been looking back on 17 years of helping to keep the wheels of justice turn - with the standout memory the time a defendant ran from the courthouse and jumped in the River Bure.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is facing losses of over £1 million in income due to the coronavirus.

A retiring headteacher at a Great Yarmouth school has expressed her gratitude and surprise after staff restored a garden in her honour.

CCTV footage has captured a pair of men steal a ladder from a shopping arcade in Great Yarmouth.

A shop with a three bedroom flat above it could be sold at an online auction next week.

A man was airlifted to hospital following a serious fall.

A former office building in Great Yarmouth town centre could see new life as a block of apartments.

Telephone scammers have defrauded people for thousands of pounds by ringing up and claiming they owe tax.

Visitors to the SeaLife Centre in Great Yarmouth could be in for a surprise this weekend as the attraction celebrates its 30th birthday.

A new principal is stepping in at a school in Great Yarmouth

Coins rattled again along the Great Yarmouth seafront as arcades reopened after three months of lockdown - but the feeling among business owners was a mixture of disappointment and restrained anticipation.

Relief was in the air on the Great Yarmouth seafront as Joyland reopened with its famous snails trundling again after an extended hibernation.

Landlords at pubs across Great Yarmouth and Gorleston are polishing taps and arranging tables, one-way systems and hand sanitizer stations as venues prepare to open again after three months of lockdown.

Police have closed the Acle Straight in both directions after a three-car collision.

Businesses in Great Yarmouth could be eligible for grants of up to £25,000 as the borough council expands a financial assistance scheme for traders impacted by coronavirus.

Year 10 students at nine secondary schools across Norfolk and Waveney have started Saturday catch-up classes and will be returning early from their summer holidays, to make up for lessons lost during lockdown.

A couple running a pub in Great Yarmouth have closed their takeaway service after pictures of people drinking outside the venue sparked a negative reaction online.

A man in his 50s was verbally abused and pushed in a racially aggravated assault in Great Yarmouth.

A well-known farm labourer and “gentle giant” was given a fitting send-off when a convoy of tractors followed his funeral in Great Yarmouth.

A YMCA charity shop in Great Yarmouth will reopen this week.

A unique white-knuckle ride has finally arrived at a Great Yarmouth amusement park after being marooned in a haulier due to the coronavirus lockdown.

A bid to build six new flats providing “useful accommodation” in Great Yarmouth town centre has been given the green light by planners.

A six-year-old boy, who went missing from a coastal town, has been found “safe and well.”

A theatre in Great Yarmouth could be among the first in the country to re-open .

A “bold and ambitious” vision for an iconic empty store has been unveiled at the heart of a £49m bid to transform Great Yarmouth’s town centre.

Organisers of a car boot sale reopening for traders this weekend have said it is people’s ‘personal choice’ whether or not they want to attend.

Carparks on the seafront in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston are being reopened.

Racing will resume behind closed doors at Yarmouth this week after the government gave its permission for competitive sport in Britain to restart.

A 67-year-old who has a love of crafts is using her time at home to create face masks with plastic windows, which she thinks could help children in schools and those who have trouble hearing.

A driver already banned from the road was caught by police behind the wheel of a stolen car while under the influence of drugs.

A former care home in Great Yarmouth could be converted into nine flats - after planners gave the thumbs-up.

Motorists have been urged to be vigilant after a spate of thefts from vehicles recently.

A man tried to fund his wife’s treatment for breast cancer by getting involved in a cannabis factory, a court has heard.

A grant of almost £13,000 will help Great Yarmouth’s Salvation Army provide food for the community during the coronavirus lockdown.

Would-be visitors to Great Yarmouth have been told to stay away amid concerns that people may be drawn to the seaside as the lockdown is eased in England.

A rugby club has been awarded a £5,000 grant towards enduring the coronavirus pandemic.

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has raised more than £15,000 for a cancer charity by taking part in a succession of virtual bike and running races.

A family helping their two-year-old son recover from a bone marrow transplant has said that coronavirus has made the challenge one hundred times harder.

A man has been arrested after reports of an altercation in Great Yarmouth sparked an armed police response.

A man’s death following reports of a disturbance in Great Yarmouth is not being treated as suspicious.

Significant damage has been caused to a Great Yarmouth restaurant by an early morning blaze.

A convicted sex offender tricked a charity which supports children with disabilities into letting him drive a bus on a European “jail break” jaunt.

We’re used to seeing the streets of Great Yarmouth fall quiet during the winter months.

A piece of seafront history came crashing down as demolishers continue ripping into the Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision in Great Yarmouth.

Retail experts have warned the coronavirus has “hit the fast-forward button” on the decline of the high street and thousands of units will be standing empty by the end of the year.

A street in Great Yarmouth has reopened after police dealt with an incident following concerns for the safety of a man.

If you can’t go to the restaurant, let the restaurant come to you.

A man was arrested after failing to stop his vehicle for police.

A Norfolk council has refused to issue a taxi licence in light of an applicant’s previous convictions.

Motorists are being urged to remain vigilant following a spate of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles.

Plans to secure funding for repair works to Great Yarmouth’s iconic Winter Gardens are underway, councillors have insisted, despite schemes being kept under wraps.

Train guard assaulted

Friday, February 21, 2020

Train services have been cancelled after a guard was assaulted.

Developers are set to go ahead with building dozens of homes in a Broads village after the scheme was agreed by councillors.

A Norfolk man will have a licence to thrill after winning a £6,650 Rolex Milgauss watch which was previously worn by James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

More than 350 homes were left without electricity in a major Norfolk town after a power cut.

A holidaymaker returning from Egypt has claimed passengers were “locked” in a room in an airport and treated like cattle during a nine-hour delay.

A 58-year-old woman who was found dead at a women’s refuge was let down by the system, her family say.

Children and young people with mental health issues are waiting up to five months for treatment in parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

The inquest into the death of a man who died when an oil rig collapsed has been delayed while investigation reports are prepared.

Department store chain Beales has collapsed into administration - putting the jobs of more than 1,000 people at risk.

Norwich has one of the country’s highest number of office-to-flat conversions under planning laws which say developers don’t need council permission, figures show.

A man in his 40s was taken to hospital following a crash.

The trial of a woman accused of the murder of a 60-year-old in Great Yarmouth will take place next month.

A police dog has tracked down a man after he tried to escape officers by garden hopping.

A court is today due to decide how much money should be clawed back from three men who were part of a gang that “deliberately and unscrupulously” trafficked children to sell drugs on the streets of Great Yarmouth.

A pub has closed after a car crashed into it in front of New Year’s Day drinkers.

Taco Bell expansion plans given go-ahead

Saturday, December 28, 2019

A popular Mexican-inspired restaurant has been given the green light to expand in a coastal town.

An event that provides solace and free food and drink to those less fortunate than others on Christmas Day in Great Yarmouth has been given a boost from a chartered accountants and a local supermarket.

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