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.

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.

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.

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