Ohhh, I do like to be beside the seaside
The golden sands of Great Yarmouth
I must admit I was expecting to see a slightly tired & run down resort, but to my surprise, Great Yarmouth (known locally as Yarmouth) had injected some pride into their town and was giving some of their grand historical buildings a facelift.
Nostalgia through & through
A period poster from Great Yarmouth
Donkey rides on the beach - for the little ones
But today Great Yarmouth’s “Golden Mile” was attracting the young and old & the sun was shining.
It was great to see the good old classic fun and games still living on.
When you are young crazy golf, donkey rides, miniature trains & arcade machines are all you need & of course, the obligatory pink stick of rock.
Playing the arcades, Great Yarmouth
Save them coppers
Collect your bag of coppers (2 pence pieces) for the coin pusher machines
The Winter Gardens,Great Yarmouth
The once majestic structure of the cast-iron Winter Gardens in front of Wellington pier is still waiting its turn. After years of the salty air taking its toll, Great Yarmouth’s very own Crystal Palace is undoubtedly in need of some tender-loving-care.
Only on a pier
One of the iconic sights in Great Yarmouth is the Britannia Pier, originally it opened in 1858 but regrettably has been besieged by various forms of unfortunate accidents. Not to be defeated time and again the pavilion has been rebuilt to come back stronger.
The Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth
I think the motto for Great Yarmouth must be ‘family fun’, you perhaps might not see the genteel promenading that you may find in other seaside resorts, but equally, there is a place for everyone.
Decades of tradition
For those unfamiliar with the British tradition of “end of pier” entertainment, seeing the Britannia Theatre brought back no end of memories for me.
End of the pier attractions
There are some newer acts performing now, such as the comedian Jimmy Carr, but I couldn’t believe that there were still some household legends/favourites from the 70’s & 80’s entertaining. The likes of Jimmy Tarbuck & Jim Davidson, (it would appear your name needs to Jim to get on here).
A view of the Golden Mile, Great Yarmouth
Golden Mile of a bygone age
Wandering back down the “Golden Mile’ some stunning old buildings are hiding behind a twinkling façade of seafront arcade lights.
If the Windmill Theatre, the Empire Theatre & the Royal Aquarium are restored back to their former glory. Great Yarmouth will see an even bigger rise to the millions of visitors it currently attracts every year.
The Empire Theatre, Great Yarmouth
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No other choice
Unable to resist any longer and being overwhelmed by the nostalgic smell of the seaside, there was only one thing left to do, ‘Fish & Chips’ with lashing of salt and vinegar.
Fish 'n' Chips, Great Yarmouth,
The pleasure of sitting watching & listening to the waves come crashing in, and fighting off the dive-bombing seagulls, it doesn’t get any better.
He wanted to do it really!!!
Oh and make sure you get your photo taken at one of the traditional ‘head-in-the-hole’ boards, along the boardwalk of the pier.
How strong is Gary?
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