Sunday, October 14, 2018

If you enjoy a drink down at your local, it is time to raise your glass and drink a toast to “absent friends” - not people but pubs in the Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and neighbouring villages that have survived despite the sharp decline in recent years as leisure habits have changed.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Three and eight – 38. One and five – 15. Key of the door – 21. Sorry, can’t finish – I get off at the next stop.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

The sun beamed warmly down from an azure cloudless sky as Mrs Peggotty and I strolled along the clifftop at Gorleston recently, enjoying the views of a gentle sea, busy beach and happy visitors and locals.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

It is not strictly train of thought, but occasionally something rings a figurative bell triggering a recollection from yesteryear.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Nothing changed, except Great Yarmouth and Gorleston’s landscape.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Residents and visitors to Great Yarmouth and Gorleston who fancy a wee dram, a pint, half or even a lemonade shandy are finding it more and more challenging to locate a “local” in which to slake their thirst.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Our Haven Bridge spans the Yare...and this column spans the North Atlantic, reaching expatriates Danny and Marjorie Daniels, long resident in Canada where they read this weekly offering on-line.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

As Britain’s prize curmudgeon - television’s irascible Victor Meldrew - would have exclaimed: “I don’t believe it!”

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Only recently I bemoaned here that railway travel is not what it used to be.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

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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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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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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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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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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Sunday, April 29, 2018

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

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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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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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