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The power of music cannot be over-emphasised. Everybody has their favourite, and hearing it evokes memories of past occasions, family, friends, pleasures, places... Sometimes it transports us through the decades.

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BBC
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Armistice Day each November sharply focuses our attention on the two world wars of the 20th century in which thousands of Britons perished.

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Post Office
Monday, November 6, 2017

Half a century has passed since the huge autumn herring fishery finally petered out, a concept deemed impossible and unthinkable in its hey-day.

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United Kingdom
Friday, October 27, 2017

No qualification in architecture is required, only down-to-earth common sense, to stroll along the main section of Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth and be able accurately to pick which of its dozen or so properties were built as banks.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Perhaps it would not have worked in a conventional theatre or a dance hall, but Great Yarmouth’s open-air Marina amphitheatre seemed tailor-made for Neville Bishop and his Wolves, stalwarts there for long summers post-war.

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Marina Centre
Sunday, October 15, 2017

At first glance, so to speak, they would seem to be poles apart, and I do not know how they came to know one another because he lived here in Great Yarmouth while her home was 125 miles away.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Despite my oft-repeated claim that my lifelong ambition was to be a journalist, I must confess for a short time as a youngster I did fancy becoming... a dustman!

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United Kingdom
Sunday, October 1, 2017

Although we are probably too embarrassed to admit it, most of us over-eat despite all those pledges to reduce the size of our platefuls and be sensible about our choice of food. Being careful most days lessens the guilty conscience when we pile up our plates with a traditional Sunday roast or relish the indulgence of crispy batter on a large shop-fried cod – with chips, of course.

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Wales
Friday, September 15, 2017

Good riddance, I say, in response to the recent news that the traditional seaside deckchair has fallen out of favour with hirers and, consequently, is being widely withdrawn by coastal councils after perhaps a century and more of being a familiar staple of beach holidays and day trips.

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Canada
Friday, September 8, 2017

Mrs Peggotty and I went to the Theatre Royal recently – the one in Norwich, of course, because Great Yarmouth’s Theatre Royal was demolished in 1929 to make way for the construction of the much-lamented and long-demolished Regal Cinema.

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Trevor Nicholls
Friday, September 1, 2017

After a period in the dockside doldrums, the tide of success appears to be flowing into the port of Great Yarmouth. The public can catch only glimpses of sea-level activity in the Outer Harbour, but there are some fascinating high-rise structures visible for miles, a welcome sight for the many interested observers as well as the port’s owner.

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Post Office
Friday, August 25, 2017

So often one thing leads to another, the latest example being my feature a fortnight ago about the Duchess of Bedford, an ardent pilot who died when her aircraft inexplicably flew over the North Sea and crashed in 1937.

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Kerry Robinson-Payne
Friday, August 18, 2017

Social media can be a blessing and a boon...or an unnecessary nuisance, depending on your viewpoint.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

In the post-war decades, the Duke and Duchess of Bedford and their Woburn Abbey country seat regularly made headlines in the gossip and society columns of national newspapers.

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United Kingdom
Friday, August 4, 2017

There will be no fanfare of trumpets, no civic reception, no pomp and ceremony, no bouquets and garlands, no reminiscing about memorable moments and star appearances. The 150th anniversary of Great Yarmouth’s Regent Hall will pass unnoticed.

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Colin Tooke
Friday, July 28, 2017

The schools have now broken up for the summer holidays but, forever the spoilsport, my theme today is... education! It results from a reader’s letter informing me that one local school is celebrating its golden jubilee this year.

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John
Friday, July 21, 2017

Did you have a nice time? What was the place like? How was your accommodation?

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Norway
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Architects and builders, gold and silversmiths, artists and authors, furniture designers and sculptors ...they are among the many professionals whose achievements can leave a legacy for future generations.

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Colin Tooke
Friday, July 7, 2017

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing! Forgive the bad grammar, please, but Duke Ellington’s classic title sums up the attitude of big band fans, most of us pensioners who rue the day when teenagers’ scrubbing board skiffle and guitars ousted our favourite kind of music.

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Prince
Friday, June 30, 2017

You can almost hear the Honesty in Advertising bureaucrat’s censorious “Tut-tut” as he gleefully anticipates challenging a holiday area’s claim to be “The Resorts that Have Everything!”

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United States
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Air, land and sea - well, river, to be exact - come together today, with feedback from recent columns. First, a virtual flight to Buckinghamshire, home of a daughter of Great Yarmouth airfield pioneer “Wilbur” Wright.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Those Norwich bigwigs were a threatening bossy bunch, forever harping on about their superiority over Yarmouth and demanding this, that and the other. Frankly, it used to stick in our craw, but needed resolution by negotiation, not threats or force.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Outings have long been a popular part of a seaside resort’s programme, whether they have brought visitors into town to enjoy its facilities and amenities, or taking staying guests by charabanc to see nearby places of interest.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Sunday morning, long ago. Worshippers walk towards a country church along a narrow lane between high fencing and overgrown hedgerows, presumably summoned to worship by the tolling of the bells.

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Peterborough
Friday, May 26, 2017

The idiom “a bridge too far”, meaning to over-reach, entered common usage three decades ago with the release of the star-studded film of that name. The movie, based on a Cornelius Ryan book with similar title, chronicled Operation Market Garden - the Allies’ gallant but failed Arnhem airborne operation in 1944.

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Royal Navy
Saturday, May 20, 2017

It was the proverbial last straw when Caister Road’s airfield and heliport flew off to Norwich in 2015, adding to the long-ago loss of the refuse destructor, then the Bure Hotel and Smiths Crisps factory in 1985.

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Europe
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nowadays we call them tracksuits or onesies. In my wartime childhood, we knew them as siren suits, a hooded warm and cosy zip-up garment to provide us with that extra comfort we needed when anxiously hiding in our Anderson air-raid shelters out in the garden or back yard, listening to the drone of German raiders overhead and waiting for the sounds of bombs exploding.

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Colin Tooke
Saturday, May 6, 2017

It is time to clear the decks again - in other words, to publish feedback from readers to recent columns.

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Trevor Nicholls
Friday, April 28, 2017

As I so often rely on friends and fellow nostalgia buffs for help with fact, figures, dates and photographs when compiling this weekly column, it comes as a pleasant surprise when one of them seeks my assistance.

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Belgium
Thursday, April 20, 2017

It is a simple name of eight letters forming two syllables I have known for decades. For me, it has always been synonymous with natural Englishness and tranquillity.

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Trevor Nicholls

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