For years, people from across the UK have been
enjoying a week on the east coast.
Staying in hotels, B&Bs, caravan or holiday
homes, Great Yarmouth has always been a major draw for the family
break, stag weekends and as a base for exploring Norfolk. But has
the shine long since left the town's Golden Mile?
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11 March 2003 1626 GMT
I was born in Norfolk and some of my best
childhood memories are from spending a week in Yarmouth for
our summer hols.
I have lived in Adelaide, South Australia
for the last 30 odd years and 2 years ago brought my Australian
husband back to the UK for a holiday.
We spent a week in Yarmouth (we had only
planned a couple of nights) because my husband loved it!
The landlady of the boarding house we stayed
at was warm and friendly, the room was bright and comfortable
and the cost was about half of what we spent in the rest of
Sometimes when you are close
to a place it is easy to criticise but when you travel further
afield it can make you appreciate what you really have!
I have lived in Gorleston all my life, and
can honestly say that Great Yarmouth has somewhat declined
over the years.
The Council have no interest in the town,
and instead ponder on their useless, underfunded housing system.
I now avoid Yarmouth as best as possible,
and only enter it when required. For a start there's too much
trouble, too many yobs hanging around, there's far too many
asylum seekers roaming the streets, and a mutual friend has
told me that there are now 'no go' areas for locals springing
up due to them.
If that's not politically correct enough
then hard luck, I see it as it is! And of course there's the
A few extra jobs to take up some of the
unemployment in the town could be given to more road sweepers,
and collectors. But then the council will always complain
of a "lack of funds".
Its the same old chestnut every time! For
me its very upsetting, and I dream of a day when it all gets
'sorted', but I fear that day will never come.
It is high time the 'Great' was put back
into Yarmouth. This is a wonderful part of Norfolk that's
been allowed to crumble away into obscurity, and become an
eyesore for any potential tourist.
Come on Yarmouth council, SAVE OUR TOWN!
Great Yarmouth could be a very nice seaside
resort ( as it used to be), but the council don't seem to
be interested in preserving it and making it a nicer place
for people of all ages.
I think if they want people to stop people
joking about Norfolk then they should do something about it,
otherwise it will become a very unpopular place, and people
from other countries who go there on holiday are going to
remember their experience of the UK as an unpleasant one.
This could be stopped with some money, development
and more police enforcing the law!
I really hope the council takes a look at
everyone's comments and does something about it!
Although Yarmouth has a great deal of room
for improvement, look at the surrounding area.
The Broads are absolutely beautiful and
there are still things to keep holidaymakers and locals entertained.
Try The Village Experience at Fleggburgh
or Thrigby for a change. Especially if you are a local and
haven't been to these places for a while - go and see for
The kids will love them, trust me. Great
value for money!
BOB, GREAT YARMOUTH
I was born in Yarmouth brought up and educated
here in Yarmouth and I am still here 42 years later.
Most of my friends have moved away, they
all have better jobs than I do, they live in much nicer places
than I do and they will never come back.
Having said all that the truth is, its the
people that stay here and do something about the problems,
and stand up for the town that impress me.
People like to slag Yarmouth off, but these
people have gone and now they don't care about their old hometown,
shame on them!!!
These problems are socially constructed and
its up to the local council, local people and companies and
the tourist trade to come together and socially construct
a cleaner, safer, more appealing and exciting town. Then Yarmouth
will be great again!
COLIN, GREAT YARMOUTH
I was born in Great Yarmouth however i grew
up in Lowestoft. Having gone off to University now i find
it increasingly irritating that everyone, and i mean everyone
knows where Great Yarmouth is yet doesn't know where Lowestoft
The only reason i can come up for this is
because Lowestoft isn't surrounded by the cheap tack that
makes Great Yarmouth appear to try to emulate Blackpool, and
I find it amazing that people still continue
to go to Yarmouth for holidays, there's nothing to do other
than lie on a beach or fritter money away in one of the many
seafront arcades. Definitely a town in need of a serious overhaul.
I have lived in the Gt Yarmouth area for
10 years and have seen consecutive councils blame the previous
one for the state of services. The council is there for the
community and whatever party has power, all should work together
to improve the town. I disagree with the statement that the
new outer harbour scheme is a waste of money, it will provide
new work to replace those that have been lost, Birds Eye,
Norfolk Line etc.
The only problem is that the National Government
is unwilling to improve road and rail links at the same time
as the harbour is proposed to be built. Who can expect businesses
to commit to a project that has poor links to the rest of
the country? A united approach by government, council and
locals is needed to bring the area into the modern world and
provide local employment for local people, which in turn will
be put back into the local economy.
I have lived in the Great Yarmouth area all
of my life, over 35 years, and I will always have a 'soft
spot' for the town which is why I am very dismayed at many
of the comments I have just read.
I know that a large amount of people do not
have a good word to say about Great Yarmouth and many are
focusing on the negative side.
I am sad that I have to agree that many of
the comments are true and a lot does need to be done to improve
But I for one will remain nostalgic and proud
to say that I was born and I live in Great Yarmouth.
"Great" Yarmouth? Dirty, run-down, full
of amusements and 'kiss-me-quick' hats? Surely a town that
got stuck in the 1970s and never came out.
More like "grate" Yarmouth, as that's what it does to your
sensibilities. It doesn't need investment, it needs razing
to the ground and re-starting.
ANON, EX-YARMOUTH RESIDENT
I lived in Gorleston for about
six months in 2000 and spent a great deal of time in Great
Yarmouth. Personally, I agree with both of Kenneth Jessett's
comments. Warmer weather would be nice, and the focus should
not be on tourism. It's your town, not the tourist's.
BRANDON MOSS, IDAHO FALLS,
I can't believe that Great Yarmouth hasn't
slipped into the sea along with the rest of the trash it produces.
It is a shame as the older people i talk
to say that they used to go to yarmouth for a good time when
they were in their 20s and spend a good night out with some
Now I wouldnt even walk in yarmouth after
8pm at the latest. It is well know as being rough and having
a serious problem with its appearance.
I hate going to yarmouth at anytime as the
rubbish and smell is Enough to turn away the most determined
locals. The tourism industry is slowly dying and will be gone
soon enough unless there is a considerable change in the outlook
of the officials in charge.
The new ferry port is a total waste of local
money and will only make the town a larger drugs and asylum
problem. With the most expensive hotels being used for these
people until they have a house available how can the tourism
industry possible make a change for the better?
How they are going to find any homes for
these people is a mystery as they are planning to pull down
the old people's homes at the back of the Northgate Street
hospital. Its not a nice place to live in anymore and even
the police seem to be losing the will to police the streets
as the job centre was shot at with an air rifle and it left
I have moved well away from yarmouth to another
seaside resort. The fine city of Plymouth. I hate having to
come home to my local village near yarmouth as it means i
must travel through that hell hole before i can reach it.
The people in my local village are kind, polite and are always
welcoming to strangers, but it stops when you get to the yarmouth
I am not going to blame the local council
as they inherited a huge debt from the previous council. Mr
Coleman was my teacher and i still respect him today, even
though he has inherited a massive problem, and i wish him
all the luck in the world in combating the Yarmouth Problem.
Tourists seem to like Great Yarmouth and
in the summer there is a good atmosphere, but for those of
us that live there we see what it is all about.
The local council are ignorant to any ideas
unless it is someone in the council with the idea (which is
rare), the police don't get enough money to do their jobs
and daren't go into a club on King Street in uniform at night,
I don't blame them.
I have lived in Yarmouth for about 5 years
and I hate it, I'm now at University in Plymouth and it is
such a lovely city, I don't feel afraid to go to the shop
in the dark as I do in Yarmouth.
The crime in Yarmouth is unbelievable because
people know they can get away with it (because there are not
enough police). When walking through town there are two distinct
smells, chips and weed, this is not very nice at all for anyone.
People say we should do something about it
rather than moan but there is nothing we can do without the
councils help (which would not happen)so we will just have
to moan until the council finally take notice!!
RAYNA, GREAT YARMOUTH
Having only been to Great Yarmouth once I
really don't feel the need to go back again. It had a feeling
of a once glorious resort that has badly lost it's direction
and it has an aura of sadness and decay.
The biggest monstrosity is the HUGE leisure
centre right on the front which spoils walking along by the
sand. It's such a shame to ruin a beautiful beach with such
There are some lovely old properties in Gt
Yarmouth, with a little TLC from the council and maybe some
government or lottery funding this place could be great again.
RUTH CARTER, NORWICH
We have been visiting Great Yarmouth almost
every year since 1976, and we love it. The people are so friendly.
The biggest let down for us is the front.
Whatever must people think when they get off the ferry and
drive past the disused factories and the unused caravan park.
Something must be done.
MAUREEN RAMSDALL - BIRMINGHAM
Although I do not live in Yarmouth, I visit
it very regularly, and I have to agree, the local council
seems to have lost its way in maintaining what could be once
again a respectable resort.
First thing it needs to do is clean the place
up, get rid of all these so-called asylum seekers, (why should
Yarmouth or Norfolk be the dumping ground from the governments
pathetic asylum controls).
Start making all these street traders put
some of there revenues back into the regeneration of Yarmouth,
try and improve the general perception of the area. Yarmouth
can be the resort to be again.
STUART - NORWICH
I was born in Great Yarmouth and I absolutely
hate it, whenever I can, I get away. Its the worst place to
live, teenagers hang around everywhere and zoom up and down
the seafront, its so scummy.
There is nothing to do and as said before,
its been left behind and needs to modernise. I'm leaving school
this year and am moving as far away as possible.
When I go on holiday I am ashamed to tell
people where I live, and I don't think that I should have
to feel that way, you should be proud of where you live.
I've been here for the first 5th of my life
and am determined not to stay for the second! Leave it to
crumble into the sea!
ANON - BRADWELL
Great Yarmouth has declined, its a dump!
But the only ones to blame are the Council!!
They have shown no enthusiasm for the diversification
of Yarmouth!They have stuck with the holiday theme but it
no longer works, its for a dying group, yep the over 70's!
Come on, there is always hope
make Yarmouth great! It has such wonderful nature, someone
with some balls should start pulling down clapped-out old
buildings and make the view from the hotels etc gorgeous!
Its there for the taking, is
there any one in Great Yarmouth who has the guts to do it?
RON LUTON-BROWN - NORWICH
Friends of mine told me that Yarmouth was
a good place to invest at the moment. I requested some details
from a local estate agent and could not believe how inexpensive
On this basis, I went to have a look this
past weekend. What a desperate godforsaken place. I walked
my dog amongst the worst kind of rubbish on and off the beach.
I used my pooper scooper, but the irony was intense.
The pier looked like a huge piece of debris
that had been washed in by the tide, boarded up and left to
rot. Even investors need to see the light at the end of the
When I was 14 I swam from Yarmouth beach
into human poo and became entangled in used toilet paper.
I thought it couldn't get any worse. Unfortunately I was wrong.
However, let's face it, things can only get
better. So if you're brave get your cheque book out!
MARK FIDDY - NORWICH
Oh for goodness sake, listen to you all!!
If you don't like Yarmouth, get out and don't
come back. This town has got enough problems to deal with,
if all you can do is moan and whine about it... clear off.
This town needs people to turn it around,
not silly childish comments about bin bags etc. Stop stating
the obvious and think of something new and interesting to
say about the area.
If you can't manage that then perhaps you
need to start doing more constructive things with your lives!
I have grown up in Yarmouth, moved away,
then came back. But I did not move back to Yarmouth itself
because I didn't want my children growing up in the town.
Whatever anyone say's, it's still a cheap
holiday destination for those who can't afford to go elsewhere
or who don't wish to leave the country.
It does has some good point's, especially
if you live in the middle of a large city tower block. We
seem to forget that however dirty and smelly Yarmouth is,
some people only come for the sea, Pleasure Beach, amusements,
something that children living in big Cities think is fantastic!
Have we also forgotten about the history
of Yarmouth? The sand bank, Scroby, Potteries tucked away
down Trinity Place, Toll House and lots more.
Yes, Yarmouth is over run with drug taking scum bags and petty
criminals. I probably went to school
with most of them but at the end of the day, sad as it may
seem to those who have never left Yarmouth, let alone Norfolk,
there are families out there who have never seen the sea and
this is something that we do have.
I know it's dirty, as I found out when Jetty
jumping in my teenage years, (Only true locals will understand
that bit!) but we need to pester the powers that be to clean
And if you are visiting Yarmouth, PLEASE
enjoy yourself, but bear in mind locals are not on holiday
and do wish to get to work, so stop getting in the way down
KIRSTY, OULTON BROAD
I often go to Gt Yarmouth to visit relatives
and I have to say it is a dump.
It compares to King's Lynn a lot with no
decent shops or nightlife. The beach has so much rubbish I
now prefer Gorlestons.
It needs a revamp!
ANON, KING'S LYNN
I live in Yarmouth, I've been there almost
two and a half years.
I hate it! It's filthy, dirty and a total
CLAIRE, GREAT YARMOUTH
All the clubs down king street need drastic
refurbishment and I'm not talking about a lick of paint.
There always seems to be a bad atmosphere
down there like a fight is just about to start. Tabu in Yarmouth
is brilliant!It easily rivals Norwich's trendy clubs and in
ways out does them.
Caesers bar is a great place to go on a
Saturday night. They play r'n'b, hip and soulful garage and
has a jazz room in the back. This is probably nicest bar in
Gt. Yarmouth is a dump! I think it needs
a massive revamp... when I was younger we used to go there
on holiday, and when I went back there to visit a friend last
year I was totally shocked at how much rubbish there was.
I even have to say, that everyone I speak
to in Norwich never has a good thing to say about the place!
The council really need to sort Yarmouth out!
Come to Great Yarmouth and visit the sea
of black rubbish sacks, and let your children play in alleyways
littered with hypodermics.
Visit the old and crumbling
town and gaze at the many boarded windows. Come back and see
us soon if you dare.
My wife and I have lived in Great Yarmouth
for over 5 years and we have found the Norfolk people very
friendly and good company. People who complain should do some
thing about it. My wife and I have have opened a country &
western club for country fans at the labour club on Euston
Rd. If we can do it, so can everyone else. We will help to
keep the great in Yarmouth.
the real problem with Gt. Yarmouth is that the people who
are in the position to change things for the better, (and
are paid handsomely with our money) don`t have the ability
to do so. SHAME ON YOU!
Or maybe if it doesn`t make money they are
not interested... That explains the naff carnival every year.
And so we end up with Gt. Yarmouth, the land of supermarkets,
lousey shops, slot machines, high bus fares, sea front parking
meters and high crime.
Even breydon bridge was built too low, it
has to open for nearly every small boat with a mast.(I BET
THE PLANNERS WERE PAID WELL) And when holiday makers come,
the main summer shows only run for a 6 - 8 weeks season. People
who come here during JUNE have no full week shows to go to,
they start late in JULY.
The sea front road racers will have the
road to themselfs in years to come, giving the drugies and
asylum seekers a trip up the sea front at £5 a go...... There
is not 1 day in the year that GT. YARMOUTH is NOTED for. The
premier seaside resort of the east coast has lost it`s way
in the hands of......well you tell me?
Great Yarmouth is an embarrassment to Norfolk.
With rows of tacky amusement arcades, graffiti, boarded up
shops etc.The fair is old and dated, it really hasn't got
anything going for it anymore!
To anyone who was planning to take a trip
to Great Yarmouth and reads this site - do NOT let it put
you off. If it is a fun filled holiday by a beautiful coast
you want then Yarmouth is top.
You can go allong the piers if you want
to do the touristy bit, but what people fail to mention on
this site is the miles of beautiful beach there is if you
carry on further up the shore, past the youth hostel.
As for those who say there is nothing to
do, i will list the things i got up to in 5 nights....
1. Crazy Golf, 2. Boat trip to see seals
(amazing), 3. sea life centre 4. The Rock making factory,
5. Pubs and Clubs (Bournville street), 6. Sunbathing (yes!
it was HOT!), 7. Pleasure beach, 8. horse and cart ride, 9.
reptile house, 10. Fire work display the list goes on...
I P FREIGH LEE, CAMBRIDGE
I moved to Great Yarmouth 10 years ago, when
I started working in the offshore industry. Great Yarmouth
at that time appeared to be a little run down but not unpleasant.
Since then I have seen the area gradually
become worse: The litter problem worsens every year; the local
industry seems to be departing as never before; the great
white elephant that is the outer harbour is no closer to happening
than it ever was; the A47 Acle Straight is still a death-trap
and the public consultation into upgrading was the worst piece
of mis-managed claptrap I have ever seen!
Even the sea-front, with it's lovely stock
of Victorian and older buildings and the attractive historic
parts of the town are being lost, either in a sea of neon
and plastic, or just crumbling through neglect. And what do
we have to show for all this?
High council taxes, rising at well above the rate of inflation
year after year, for a real worsening in local services and
no improvement in local living.
Yarmouth could be Great with some imagination,
a co-ordinated structure plan and a fair bit of litter collecting.
Until then, however, we are stuck in a black hole at the end
of East Anglia.
I have lived in Yarmouth all my life, and
yes it has obviously declined due to years of neglect and
lack of money. But if people put as much effort and energy
into making the town great again as they do in moaning and
grumbling about the state of the place, perhaps there would
be a noticable improvment!
How I would love to hear from any of my friends
when I was living in Gorleston and Great Yarmouth. Born in
1946, Christine Hunn. Attended Stradbroke Road Infant's/Junior's,
then on to Gorleston Girl's Secondary modern. At the age of
17, commenced my Nurse's training at both Great Yarmouth General
Hospital and Northgate. I am married with 4 daughters and
8 grand-children, living in Somerset.
CHRISTINE BURNHAM, SOMERSET
I was born not far from Yarmouth. I visit
relatives a few times a year and live and work in around London.
Just a few observations:
I agree with most here that it's a sad place and reminds me
of an old pet that no-one has the heart to put down, despite
it being in pain.
Way too many fish and chip shops -
the town reeks of chips.
On my travels I occasionally come across someone who has been
to Great Yarmouth (or a local holiday resort/area) and the
comment is always "Oh yes I went there once" - once.
If you airlifted the whole of Great Yarmouth and plonked it
on the Mediterranean coast - people would still not want to
go there, it's just too scummy
It looks like Beirut except Beirut probably smells a lot better
It's a concrete jungle and looks nothing like a seaside resort
with every available square meter developed with some of the
buildings (funfair, pier, leisure centre) actually on the
beach itself. You can't see the sand until you're standing
I flew with Easyjet to Holland for £24 last
week (return) - It costs me £50 in petrol to drive to Yarmouth
and back (and six times longer - 3 hours instead of 30 mins
So what to do? well I'm sure the poor old council have had
no end of ideas and suggestions thrown at them from various
committees, working parties, development companies etc. but
I bet all those ideas/solutions are all about "revitalising"
and bringing back the old days but to me there is only one
way it will go - and the word is decline. Let's face it the
holiday industry of the '50s and '60s will never come back.
Let's be graceful those times existed and Great Yarmouth had
its place in history - so let's and move with the times.
I would like to nuke/bomb/level the whole peninsula and bring
it back to the condition which drew those first visitors around
100 years ago - you gotta admit it must have looked beautiful
in those days. Finally, imagine what would happen if you took
away every piece of concrete east of the main strip including
the horrible rusty old pier and reverted it back to a clean
beach - now that would be a good start! If you think that's
a crazy idea - go to any Spanish island or anywhere in the
Med. and you will see it works well.
I moved to Yarmouth with my family in 1986
from Birmingham. It was a good idea at the time. Both the
outer harbour and the A47 dualling were realistic ideas at
the time and would encourage the town become a greater success.
Well you know the rest. Neither of these plans are likely
- and it's 2002.
As for its tourism, this has dropped off year after year.
Now we are more of a weekend holiday resort or for the older
generation who remember the "good times".
There are little or no job prospects for most (I now travel
to Norwich every day). I love Yarmouth and it's my home. But
frankly, very soon I'll be choosing the increasing crime filled
streets of Norwich than Great Yarmouth.
ANONYMOUS, GREAT YARMOUTH
I lived in Great Yarmouth for eight years
in the 1980s. It was always a good fun place to live in winter
as well as summer. The problems were when great new ideas
were aired concerning development issues. They were always
turned down due to local government refusing permission. This
happened frequently and while those forward-thinkers predicted
Yarmouth's decline it never made any difference to the council.
The trouble now is investors will not want to throw their
money at a resort which has a declining holiday trade and
is on the whole grubby. I might add that the people of Yarmouth
in the leisure trade work all hours and are not paid very
much. I feel they have suffered from the fat cats not re-investing
in a resort which had made them rich! Unemployment is high
and most young people have moved on or commute to Norwich.
A very sad state of affairs which could have been avoided.
Hi, my name is Ionela. I'm 23. I'm a student
from Moldova and I have to write a work paper on Great Yarmouth.
Searching for information, I have decided that it would be
interesting to make friends in this town. Maybe you could
tell me more about your wonderful town.
IONELA, CHISHINAU, MOLDOVA
I was born in Great Yarmouth and still live
very close to the town in Belton. After spending most of my
life in holiday industry I gave it up and started to work
for an oil company. I have worked in a few odd places since
then and am currently in Nizhnevartovsk, Western Siberia.
In answer to other comments on this page,
I can definitely state that Yarmouth is not cold! However
as a modern holiday destination it does leave a lot be desired,
most of the hotels were family owned establishments and as
such suffered from under investment and lack of fresh ideas.
Over the years they have fallen into decline with only the
minimum being done to them to make them presentable for the
Yarmouth has also lost much of the industry
that also brought money into the town, again through having
a local attitude in a global market. The blame can laid at
many doors for the decline in the town, none of us, council,
business people, or residents of the town can say that we
are innocent of allowing the town to slip into decline.
But when all said and done we still have
a good town, the trick will be to find a way of tuning this
decline around, and making Yarmouth a great town again.
ANGUS SCOTT, BELTON
I have lived near Great Yarmouth since i
was 6 and during the last 12 years - before going to Uni I
thought that Great Yarmouth was OK. But
having spent time away and then coming back I have noticed
how poor Great Yarmouth has become.
In response to Peter King's comment about
"... people...criticising the town don't look at the good
things about the town" But when there are more bad things
about the town than good who is going to ignore that fact?
The streets are covered in litter - FACT!
The beach (in parts) is the worst I have ever seen it - FACT!
And most surprisingly, it is cheaper to catch a train Norwich
(22miles away!) and watch a film at the odean there than go
to the hollywood cinema in the town!!! - FACT! How much of
a joke is that! There are some good things about Great Yarmouth
- it is generally more quiet than a city! Employment is a
joke as well - there are no jobs anywhere!
I have visited Great Yarmouth for many years.
What a wonderful clean family resort it is. Please compare
it to other seasides like Blackpool, which are tacky and dirty.
Surely one of the towns greatest assets is
the historic Hippodrome, and what a spectacular circus. But
it is a shame, nobody seems to put in to the building for
its refurbishment. This is a great pity. The old building
has such great atmosphere.
NICK PARKS, BLACKPOOL
I'm an AVCE Travel and Tourism student and
I do agree with what many people are saying in that Great
Yarmouth does need to be developed more. I think it needs
to compete with overseas destinations and encourage domestic
and inbound tourism but this does not mean it has to turn
into an over-commercialised destination like so many overseas
My family have been going to Great Yarmouth
for years and I have to say it is my favourite destination.
The atmosphere is great and it has cultural significance.
I really love it there as it is a traditional British seaside
resort which could be built on to represent Britain.
It is more developed than other seaside areas I have been
to and has lots of different charming villages such as Hemsby
which really make a good holiday.
Why does Great Yarmouth still think that
it has the chance of building an outer harbour. In Essex a
new container port is being built at Coryton, and other ports
in the east anglia region are being expanded.
The new container port in Essex has dual
carriageway links to the A13 and is only 5 miles from the
M25 making it ideally located for the East of England. The
main roads from Great Yarmouth are the A47 and A12 both of
which are single lane roads and would cause the transport
companies to incure major costs to reach anywhere.
JOHN JONES, GORLESTON
I was born in Gorleston, now
live in Bradwell and have no criticism about Great Yarmouth
at all. There are many places worse than Great Yarmouth in
this world. The people who are criticising the town don't
look at the good things about the town. Forget about the bad
things that exist in both Great Yarmouth and anywhere else.
Because I was born near Great Yarmouth and have got used to
it now I will never move away from where I am.
Gt Yarmouth - not so great is
it? It does seem to follow the same rundown theme of other
English seaside resorts (Blackpool and Southend to name a
couple). I live in Norfolk and feel embarrassed at the general
look to Yarmouth. Money should be invested to smarten the
area up, improve road access, restore the crumbling South
Pier, build a proper 'Pleasure Beach Park', tidy up South
Denes and generally make it more attractive for people to
come and holiday, visit and live. We put up with second rate
too much in the UK - it's about time we get the quality lifestyle
and surroundings we pay our extortionate taxes for!
Hi, I thought the circus at great yarmouth
was abouselutly fabulous espeacially the two boys that were
doing the lights Tom and Reece i know they were about the
same age as me about 13 but they were well prepeared and knew
exacly what they were doing well done boys.I thought everybody
did a brilliant job.
I have been too lots of circuses in my life
but this one was the best.I am even coming back in the winter
for the winter one.I really liked the clowns aswell and all
the dancers well done everyone.
I could not agree with Jim more. I live
in Great Yarmouth and often when I am away I am asked to recommend
a hotel in Great Yarmouth. We have some good hotels but none
with full leisure facilities and this is what the visitors
want in this day and age. Great Yarmouth has not kept up with
the times in this respect.
I was born in Yorkshire and every year when
I was a little girl we would all go on holiday to Great Yarmouth.
And I loved it! Then about 4 years ago my mum decided that
we were going to move to Yarmouth and I have to say that in
the 4 years I have lived there, Great Yarmouth has gone from
bad to worse.
There is nothing for the locals to do in
the winter when all the tourists have gone. There is graffiti
and rubbish all over the place. There is no employment! But
having said all this I do still get excited in the summer
when the place is buzzing with tourists and although I miss
Yorkshire I don't regret moving there at all.
- KELLY, GORLESTON
I have been holidaying in Yarmouth since
my birth, in 1960, and will always have special memories,
it has got a special atmosphere which I can't explain, but
it does need a bit of investment. South Denes could have a
marina built, smart shops, holiday apartments, exciting bar/cafes,
all it takes is one person to set the ball rolling. Come on
this what Great Yarmouth needs and should expect in the 21st
century. Cheers to one fine town.
- JOHN BROOKS, MANSFIELD
I love Great Yarmouth, it is a top place
and has a brilliant atmosphere of a traditional seaside holiday
resort. What exactly is everyone complaining about? They say
it has nothing to offer but I really can't see the difference
between Yarmouth and many other places in Britain. Perhaps
this attack should be directed at the whole of the British
coast. I have already booked my five nights at Great Yarmouth
and I really can't wait! Leave Yarmouth alone!!!!!!!
- TRUDI, SHEFFIELD
Me and my family have been to GREAT Yarmouth
two years in a row and have had a fantastic time, despite
the weather. Although the weather wasn't great, we found loads
to do for ourselves and also our two-year-old daughter. The
place looked clean enough to me and all the beaches we went
on - Yarmouth, Gorleston and Hemsby - were lovely and clean
and tidy. All that leaves me to say is, well done GREAT Yarmouth.
Keep up the good work and we'll be back a few more times.
- CLAIRE, OXFORDSHIRE
I think Yarmouth is a great place - it may
seem tacky and cheap, but I have been going there for many
years and it is great fun. I must admit that some things could
be improved - for instance the beach is a mess and litter
is all over the place and the far end of Yarmouth should be
improved. Then maybe it wouldn't have the reputation it has
- BECKY COLMAN, NORWICH
I wrote humourously that in order to improve
Great Yarmouth, they should "make it warmer". However I realize
that this is a serious subject to at least the people who
live there so I thought I would add another perspective.
How does one make a town like Yarmouth, which
is clearly way off the beaten track with no direct road connection
from the heartland of Britain, more attractive? It is cold,
windy, drab having little in the way of architectural beauty
(unlike, say, Harrogate) or crass commercial facilities like
Blackpool. But perhaps to the people who live there it really
When one can hop on plane and be in sunny
warm paradises such as Majorca in a couple of hours for a
few pounds, why would one want to spend the few weeks one
has for a holiday in Yarmouth? Tastes change and seaside resorts
like Yarmouth are being left behind.
In this country (I am writing now from the
US) many areas that had fallen on hard times have resorted
to opening gambling casinos and the kind of people who frequent
casinos frankly don't give a damn about the environs as long
as they can assuage their addiction to gambling. Is this a
possiblity for Yarmouth? Seriously though, I believe Yarmouth
should just accept that it is now a back water, clean the
town up to make it a pleasure for the inhabitants and occasional
day tripper and find other means for employment other than
the tourist industry.
Hoping for better things to come along will
only postpone the inevitable. I do wish the very best for
the town and its people, the salt of the earth.
- KENNETH JESSETT, USA
I have lived in Great Yarmouth all my life,
and the town should do something about the litter, dumped
cars, teenagers haging about on street corners, buildings
that need lots of attention. I think they should look care
fully at Market Row and spend money on the town before they
spend it on the seafront - after all the tourists see the
town before they see the seafront, put the money where it
is needed, and not by pretting the sea front so it looks like
Las Vegas or Blackpool. Great Yarmouth should be like Great
Yarmouth, not like the other suggestions that have been brought.
spend where it is needed, not where they would like to spend
- JENNY OXBOROUGH, GREAT
I taught in Yarmouth for 15 years and met
some great people in that time - students, parents and colleagues.
The people of Yarmouth deserve better. Many factors contribute
to the present difficulties: local landlords and public agencies
who import poverty and with its extra social problems, the
decline of the tourist industry and a measure of insularity
in public life. In the mid 90s I set a very bright group of
kids the task of making a presentation in French about the
Yarmouth Council booklet 'Yarmouth in 2020'. They did well
at it - they were very bright youngsters - but they all said
to me that they intended to leave Yarmouth as soon as they
could, so the document was of little interest to them. It
is all very sad.
- NIGEL, HONG KONG
Make it warmer.
- KENNETH JESSETT, HOUSTON
Great Yarmouth depends on the tourist trade
to survive You have to make the town attractive to tourists
fist of all. Brighten up the hotels and guest houses with
a coat of paint. Clean up the promenade. Plant the flower
beds. Get the pier smartened up and put on good shows. Get
the transport problems sorted. There is nothing so depressing
as having to queue for an hour to get across Vauxhall Bridge
and to see rundown guest houses, hotels etc. If you want the
income from tourism, then it is up to Great Yarmouth to make
it attractive enough to visit.
-JOHN KENDALL, LEICESTER
It seems that the majority of the people
running down Great Yarmouth now live abroad. I think that
they would find most towns in the country have gone down hill
since they left their beloved country! It seems that the English
Tourist Board would disagree with most comments saying that
Great Yarmouth Hotels are a disgrace, as nearly all of Great
Yarmouth's Hotels have been awarded NATIONAL AWARDS for QUALITY!!
- NICK, GREAT YARMOUTH
I read this forum with a wry smile, most
of the people who refer to Great Yarmouth seemed to have moved
away. Recently, money has started to come into the town and
there are far more people trying to rescue the town than there
are trying to destroy it. Landlords are finding it harder
to get clients for their run down shacks due to ever increasing
laws and rent help is getting harder. A study has just finished
on the seafront its findings I'm sure will be great for the
town and hopefully we won't have to listen to Jim davidson
go on about yet more money for his beloved pier. One thing
will help put the great back into this beloved town and that
is people not deserting it and people who do live here pulling
together and helping the council. Don't live on memories,
live for the future and help the children enjoy this town
how it should be and that is certainly not a kiss me quick
resort. Let's go wild, lets go American, lets go theme, lets
- CARL, GREAT YARMOUTH
Hi I was born in Yarmouth in 1950 and think
I saw the best of it in my teenage years. Yarmouth then, was
exciting, vibrant, and, most of all - fun! After meeting my
husband (an oil-rig worker) and marrying, we left the country.
I returned in 1994, a few months before my mother died and
was shocked to see how the place had gone downhill: windows
boarded up and charity shops everywhere, no jobs! Yarmouth
will revive again one day, I am sure. I just hope it doesn't
take too long!
- SANDIE PLACE, AUSTRALIA
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