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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.

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.

Video Save our children’s centre protest is held

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Save our centres!

People living in Norwich are feeling increasingly unhappy and stressed out according to the latest Health and Wellbeing survey.

A Norwich comedian has succeeded in improving conditions for disabled rail passengers after footage of her being forced to move her mobility scooter from a disabled space went viral.

People have just days to comment on where more than 5,000 new homes could be built across the Great Yarmouth borough.

More than 600 tourists will call into the Port of Great Yarmouth this Sunday as the town prepares to welcome its second luxury cruise liner this year.

An energy services company has put a £250,000 vote of confidence into a Lowestoft industrial estate where it hopes to create a new business hub.

Airy open carriages, free fast wifi and a USB point for every passenger – Greater Anglia have unveiled the inside of their new regional trains.

A sports participation survey will give residents in the borough of Great Yarmouth the chance to win one of five £15 shopping vouchers or a three-month gym and swim membership.

Train services in Norfolk are getting back to normal after being at a standstill for about an hour because of a fire alert.

Shoppers were in for a surprise on their Thursday lunch break as a man wearing as a hot air balloon floated down Gentleman’s Walk.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident in Stalham.

A poignant Torch of Remembrance is making its journey home from Belgium and will be marked with events across Norfolk.

A targeted project designed to encourage more men to ask for help with mental health issues has been hailed a success after playing a key role in raising awareness of the importance of safeguarding emotional wellbeing.

Businesses across the borough of Great Yarmouth are invited to showcase their achievements by entering the Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2018.

A teacher and support staff member from Cromer have received awards from an Olympic gold medallist at a special event to mark the new school year.

Could Radio 1 Roadshow return to Norfolk?

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

It used to be the biggest thing to hit the seaside all summer - and now it’s set to hit the road again.

A £68m signalling upgrade will see no trains run between Great Yarmouth and Reedham for at least six months.

An IT services company is planning for “aggressive” growth after moving to a new home on the Norfolk coast.

Trains to and from coastal towns will be disrupted over the coming months as engineering work take place.

Trains running between Norwich and coastal towns have been cancelled this morning.

Norfolk Constabulary have been investigating reports of a man making inappropriate comments towards two children on a bus.

It’s a stunning sight that has not been seen on the river in Norwich since the 1950s.

The search for two fishermen missing off the Norfolk coast after their boat sank is continuing this morning.

A number of trains have been cancelled between Norwich and the coast this morning, as well as delays to London.

Commuters are facing delays this morning after a number of services have been cancelled due to a train fault.

A Norfolk brewer is raising a glass after receiving a top prize at an industry awards ceremony.

The first grant of £5,000 to help communities develop affordable homes in the borough of Great Yarmouth has been handed out.

Council tax cold call scam warning

Monday, August 13, 2018

A warning has been issued about a council tax cold call scam in the borough of Great Yarmouth.

Village fun day draws 4,000 people

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Belton Fun Day and Classic Car Show saw 4,000 people enjoy a day full of entertainment and sunshine.

Train faults have cancelled Greater Anglia morning services.

The rise of Norfolk’s offshore renewables sector has helped to power diversification at a coastal safety firm.

Film supports workplace wellbeing

Monday, August 6, 2018

UK workers are among the most stressed in the world, according to a new survey. Sheena Grant finds out about an initiative to try and redress the balance.

An offshore energy services firm has recruited the help of a Norwich data centre to improve its “business resilience”.

Plans to introduce pre-planning application advice fees across the borough of Great Yarmouth have taken a step forward.

Do the people of Norfolk want their wherries or not?

The chairman of a firefighter’s union has made a fresh plea for the police and crime commissioner to leave the service in the hands of the county council.

Passengers travelling between Norwich and Great Yarmouth are facing delays and cancellations this morning due to a train fault.

Passengers travelling to and from Norwich are facing delays and cancellations this afternoon due to a train fault.

The east coast of the county jumped into Norfolk Day, celebrating it with special events across the region.

The investment in coastal communities which has come with the rise of East Anglia’s offshore energy sector has provided training opportunities for local residents.

A government initiative to attract more investment in offshore energy has been welcomed by industry leaders in East Anglia.

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