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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.

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.

Trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth or London are being cancelled or delayed due to trains faults and signalling problems.

Two teenage girls were touched inappropriately as they travelled on buses in Norfolk earlier this month.

Testing of Greater Anglia’s new trains is set to take place in daylight on more routes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex from later this month.

Rail passengers between Norwich and Great Yarmouth are facing disruption because of a train fault.

Businesses are already suffering under the threat of Brexit, with company owners reporting funding being pulled and expansion plans being put on hold.

A fake Twitter account advertising a new bus service between Great Yarmouth and Norwich has been suspended.

Commuters are facing delays this morning following a number of train cancellations.

Former students of a Norfolk school have celebrated their success at an awards ceremony.

Trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth have been cancelled due to “disruptive passengers”.

Overnight test runs between Norwich, Diss and Great Yarmouth are set to be carried out by two of Greater Anglia’s new trains.

It’s a time of year when many people are looking to improve their health and fitness.

A Norfolk railway station car park is to close for three weeks while signalling work is carried out.

A Suffolk teenager is missing after reportedly heading to a party, sparking a police appeal for information.

For most Norwich City fans recalling the club’s historic win over German giants, Bayern Munich, is enough to put a twinkle in their eyes.

Nearly 4,000 people over the age of 65 in Norfolk are living with undiagnosed dementia, according to the NHS.

A Lowestoft rapper with paranoid schizophrenia has relived his experience behind bars and how his relationship with music pulled him through his darkest time.

Trains to Great Yarmouth will be disrupted for the first week of the New Year due to engineering works.

A man whose white removals van had its tyres slashed and window damaged has today issued a warning to others following a spate of white van thefts across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Whether it is a kick around at the park or walking out in front of an 80,000 strong crowd at Wembley, there is a level for everybody in football.

Bolting specialist Gee-Force Hydraulics is continuing its expansion on the east coast by taking tenancy in the hub at the offshore wind “centre of gravity.”

Children from a Cromer school celebrated the festive season at a Christmas service featuring pupils from academies across Norfolk and Suffolk.

A Norfolk farmer and member of European parliament has told how he was embroiled in a major terrorist attack for the second time in two years.

Rock band Mud may have been feeling lonely at Christmas but to prevent the same happening to people in Norfolk, dozens of organisations are opening their doors to ensure no-one spends the festive season alone.

Nineteen community groups from across Norfolk and Suffolk have each received an early Christmas present in the form of a share of a £30,000 funding pot.

Rail passengers are being warned to check before they travel today due to series of engineering works on mainline and rural services to and from Norwich.

Greater Anglia’s first new “bimode” diesel and electric train for rural routes has ventured out on to the region’s rail network for the first time.

Mary Coleman’s successor as mayor of Great Yarmouth has been agreed by councillors.

Sky-high fares, an unreliable service, and cheaper alternative transport options are all being blamed for a significant drop in rail passengers in Great Yarmouth over the last five years.

Tributes have poured in to a stalwart of the Great Yarmouth borough after he died following a short term illness.

The leader of Norfolk County Council has said he is open to a revival of the devolution debate - two years after a previous deal was taken off the table.

A delayed motion looking to reduce period poverty in the Great Yarmouth borough is to be discussed once more by councillors.

London to Norwich train cancelled

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A train service which was due to arrive in Norwich later this morning has been cancelled due to a fault.

A young father who became a YMCA volunteer after being helped by the service has been named BBC Radio Norfolk’s education volunteer of the year.

Catching the train should be a stress free way of travelling across the county but for thousands of commuters in Norfolk this just simply is not the case.

Almost half of the people in the Great Yarmouth borough say they do not have enough time to exercise, a survey has claimed.

Planning permission has been granted by Norwich City Council for a proposed Romanian restaurant in the city.

Convenience store chain McColl has issued a profits warning today, linked with the collapse of wholesaler Palmer & Harvey.

More than 4,500 people responded to the consultation on the future of Norfolk’s children’s centres.

Video Does Great Yarmouth have a knife problem?

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Residents living in a Norfolk borough which in the last two weeks has seen a pupil take a knife into a primary school and a man confronted by a masked attacker armed with a knife have been reassured they live in a ‘safe area’.

The head of an academy trust has announced his departure at the end of his first term in the job.

The festive season has arrived in Great Yarmouth in spectacular style.

Rail travellers in Norfolk and Suffolk are facing disruption, with train faults causing cancellations and delays.

Police are appealing for help to trace a man from Great Yarmouth who is wanted for breaching a release licence.

Much-loved councillor and coach operator the late Charles Reynolds was among three town stalwarts to be granted an ancient honour in Great Yarmouth.

The town of Great Yarmouth is set for a weekend of festive celebration as fireworks and late night shopping mark the start of four weeks of Christmas fun.

Leading businesses were honoured at the prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough at the Spirit of Enterprise Awards on Friday night.

Planned engineering work is continuing as part of a major signalling upgrade on the Wherry Lines from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Residents are being urged to keep their vehicles secure following a spate of van thefts.

Work on a vital new resource centre for people with life-limiting illnesses will start in the next few weeks.

Respects have been paid to a Dunkirk veteran who served the borough of Great Yarmouth as a councillor for some 50 years.

The continuing uncertainly over life outside the European Union led to the birth of a “living document” assessing its potential impact in Norfolk’s biggest Brexit stronghold.

Rail passengers are facing more disruption, with delays and cancellations.

Rubbish dumped illegally in Norfolk has cost councils more than £3.7m to clear over the past six years.

The first new Swiss-built train for Greater Anglia has arrived in the region – but it won’t be travelling under its own steam just yet.

Norfolk police have seized almost 30pc more drugs this year than in the previous 12 months as the force’s Operation Gravity crackdown continues.

From turkey catchers to Christmas card sorters, seasonal jobs are in abundance across Norfolk as the county heads into the festive period.

A Sheringham church hailed a ‘huge’ success story when it was built five years ago at a cost of £1.6 million is hoping a new £300,000 scheme will help men experiencing loneliness, isolation and mental health problems, by providing them with a space to forge friendships while working on practical skills.

“If people come at you with a knife and you haven’t got one you’re stuffed” - that is the stark message from a youth whose friend was stabbed in the chest in a street fight.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a burglary in the Great Yarmouth borough.

Silhouettes honouring war heroes which were destroyed by vandals in Great Yarmouth last Friday - just 48 hours after they were unveiled - have been replaced.

Lowestoft has been hit by a surge in violent crime, latest Home Office figures have revealed.

War silhouettes installed to honour British soldiers which were destroyed by vandals are set to be replaced.

Disruptions on trains continue

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Delays and cancellations are causing problems for train passengers this morning.

A grey seal has died after being found trapped in netting on a Norfolk beach.

A 15-year-old boy almost disemboweled a man in a brutal knife attack after travelling from London to deal drugs in Great Yarmouth, a court heard.

A project to build stronger communities by allowing residents to develop their own ideas to improve people’s lives across the borough of Great Yarmouth is to run for a further two years following a funding boost.

From haunted houses to spooktacular shows, it is all happening in and around the Great Yarmouth borough this Halloween.

Crowds gathered in Great Yarmouth’s market square on Wednesday for the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal marking the start of more than two weeks of remembrance in the town.

Will Debenhams close branches in Norfolk?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The future for Norfolk’s three Debenhams department stores will be revealed tomorrow.

Great Yarmouth port has struck a long-term partnership with an offshore services group, which it says will drive further investment and job creation in the coastal town.

Sanitary products could be made available free of charge in council-run buildings in the Great Yarmouth borough.

Disruption continues as train resignalling work between Norwich and Great Yarmouth forces travellers to use bus replacement services.

Fly-tipping waste including a kitchen cabinet was among the rubbish picked up during a beach clean in Gorleston.

Norfolk’s most famous son and Britain’s greatest naval hero will be remembered at the annual Trafalgar Day Service today.

When she first met Finnish rock band The Rasmus backstage at the University of East Anglia (UEA), Natasha Leggett was literally speechless.

Parents have accused a school of being “extreme” after a uniform supplier was called in to check girls’ skirt lengths.

It is time to raise the roof at a Last Night of the Proms charity concert in the wonderful Salvation Army Citadel in St Giles Street, Norwich, on Friday October 19.

Businesses have been given an extension to enter the awards for the largest celebration of business in the Great Yarmouth borough.

A life-sized figure of a soldier who fell during the First World War will help teach the latest generation about remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The “almost daily” cancellation of early morning train services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth is damaging the seaside town, councillors have claimed.

It started as a hobby but posting beauty tutorials has turned into a lucrative career choice for home-grown social media star Georgie Aldous.

Police are on the search for a man in his 70s with links to Great Yarmouth.

The manager of the Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls has bid an emotional farewell after 25 years of being the face of the tournament.

A Norfolk business has been featured in this year’s Parliamentary Review in the Highlighting best practice section, for the work it does as a social enterprise as well as being a software provider.

A teenager who had his ear almost sliced in two in an horrific attack in a Norwich park is still undergoing treatment almost two years on.

Another giant US cruise ship has docked in Great Yarmouth’s Outer Harbour.

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