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Your Town | Great Yarmouth

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.

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.

A councillor has called for customers' number plates to be printed on takeaway bags to stamp out littering along roads and in lay-bys.

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.

Swathes of low-lying Norfolk could regularly flood within decades, claims a new report.

Priceless religious wall paintings are at risk, warns a charity launching an appeal to save them.

A round-Britain beach clean is coming to Norfolk.

An inquest into the death of a 25-year-old motorcyclist has been adjourned.

Technology which has led police to almost 1,000 arrests will soon be watching over Great Yarmouth.

A female ocean rowing team is set to row 80 miles around Norfolk's coast over the Easter weekend.

Pupils across Norfolk have been given a ewe-nique experience as part of a project to teach the county's children about livestock and farming.

A year without a summer? Sounds awful.

Funding boost for coastal towns

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Coastal regeneration schemes in Norfolk and Suffolk have netted more than £800,000 in government funding.

Inmates released from Norwich prison are being handed sleeping bags and warm clothing to prepare them for life on the streets as the number of homeless ex-offenders soars.

Commuters are being advised to check before they travel as faults cause train cancellations.

Passengers travelling between Norwich and Cambridge suffered the worst punctuality in the region in February as one in five trains arrived late.

Train travellers in Norfolk are facing disruption today after train faults caused a string of cancellations.

Commuters are facing delays and cancellations this morning due to a train fault.

Scores of communities across Norfolk are to benefit from more than £390,000 of transport investment from the county council.

Great Yarmouth's pubs were once a hive of activity - but now it seems punters looking for refreshment and chat are more likely to be greeted by boarded-up windows and peeling paint.

Rail passengers can expect disruption between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

Rail passengers in some parts of Norfolk and Suffolk will find themselves on roads, rather than tracks, due to trains being replaced by buses.

Two men who were arrested following three police raids across the borough of Great Yarmouth have been released on police bail for the second time.

Rail passengers will face nine consecutive days of disruption with the suspension of trains from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

A country pub has gone on the market for £400,000 as a period property conversion with three detached homes on its footprint.

The man behind The Edge casino and leisure complex has said there is "clear interest" in bringing a multiplex cinema to Yarmouth.

Not one but two films featuring Great Yarmouth hit the big screen this year.

A Second World War engineer who had no known relatives was honoured at a funeral by members of the RAF association.

With Valentine's Day fast approaching we all hope to have secured a special gift for our loved one.

Sheringham Railway Station will shut for over a month so a new platform can be installed.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner it is time to embrace your romantic spirit and start planning how you and your loved one will spend the night.

Norfolk's Hollywood cinema chain has fallen into administration with two of the three theatres closing immediately.

You're in for a ball this Christmas at Norwich Theatre Royal as the first cast announcement for Cinderella has been made.

People living in a Norfolk town say they are "dismayed" after a bank announced its branch there will close.

Police believe that a Suffolk teenager who has gone missing from home may have travelled to the Norwich or Great Yarmouth area by train.

A teenager with links to Norwich and Great Yarmouth has gone missing.

A pageant contestant is hoping to raise some money for charity by auctioning her portraits of Harry Potter characters.

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