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Yesterday, 10:18

For as long as anyone can remember, river crossings have regularly made Mercury headlines.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

This weekend marks the centenary of a wartime air raid involving Great Yarmouth which one account claims could have been a forerunner to an attack on the United States.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

What a night!

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Well done, thou good and faithful servant!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fingers crossed! Knock on wood three times. Put your clothes on inside out. Sneeze thrice before breakfast.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Both are long gone. One will never return, the other is a minor mystery. Time will tell?

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Today’s youngsters don’t know what they’re missing!

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Manchester
Monday, June 18, 2018

A focal point of Great Yarmouth’s holiday industry has long been the Golden Mile. But for a few hours in 1956 it became the “Olden Mile” when the resort welcomed veteran cars ending their two-day rally.

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Ford
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

In 2018, it is impossible to envisage pandemonium reigning in Great Yarmouth’s Regent Road, of all places.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

It was a familiar chant from fans at Gorleston Football Club games at their old home ground - the Reccer - although it might have baffled visiting supporters from inland.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

For decades they were a popular feature of the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston river scene.

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Royal Navy
Sunday, May 13, 2018

It was the day the Sunshine faded from the lives of many folk in the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston area, and far beyond.

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London
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Executed by firing squad at dawn. Incarcerated long-term in prison as a traitor. Lynched by an enraged mob, some of whom were once friends and neighbours.

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Germany
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sailor Brown Way? Don Burnett Drive? Dick Campling Road? Eric Kirk Avenue? Sammy Morgan Grove?

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United Kingdom
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Halt! Who goes there? Railway passengers of yesteryear.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

The embers are still smouldering on the Britannia Pier and at Palgrave Brown’s Southtown Road timber yard, figuratively speaking, after a recent column recalled that militant suffragettes allegedly claimed responsibility for the huge 1913 and 1914 blazes there.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

As the British flat racing season traditionally begins this month, it is an opportune time to saddle up and canter back to 1964 when the Great Yarmouth course featured prominently in a cinema film being shot here.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sumer Is Icumen In, according to a 13th century ditty more commonly rendered as “summer is a-coming in”. So we will soon be enjoying summer’s delights, the only downside for me being mowing the lawn!

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Scotland
Sunday, March 25, 2018

On a gloriously sunny but crisp morning recently, before the freezing Beast from the East smothered us in snow, Mrs Peggotty and I enjoyed one of our regular walks along Gorleston’s Lower Promenade, marvelling at the remarkable width of the magnificent golden beach and stopping to enjoy a coffee outside JJ’s cafe diner.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

When the stars come out, so do the crowds.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Idle curiosity? A passing thought? Difference of opinion requiring to be settled?

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Nowadays, a tabloid newspaper’s eye-catching front page headline would scream something like: “Flamin’ Women!”

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Long before the scourge of political correctness was foisted on us, we knew it affectionately as “the blind school.”

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Rotary Club
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sadly, our hills will never be alive with the sound of music. Why? Because we suffer from the Hill Street blues, having no hill worthy of the name.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Attendance at a wide variety of events is routine for provincial journalists but throughout my decades in the profession, I never went to a soirée! Evening gatherings a-plenty, yes, but none had that French word on the invitation.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Most of us have burning questions which usually remain unanswered, provoking frustration when there appear to be no remaining untapped sources of information left.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Warning! Do not read this column if you are feeling queasy or otherwise under the weather!

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

That Scottish burr, perfect enunciation and expert timing were the trademarks of James Alexander Gordon, the BBC radio announcer whose voice on Saturday teatimes was familiar to listeners for decades as they listened to him reading out the classified football results.

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BBC
Friday, January 12, 2018

Regular emails keep urging me to buy a new sat-nav because mine is no longer being updated.

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United Kingdom
Friday, January 5, 2018

You can almost hear the “knit one, purl one” click-click of knitting needles busying away at some creation, be it elaborate and ambitious or simple and elementary.

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