GALAXY OF STARS! They came from summer shows in the town to rehearse for the 1964 Midnight Matinee on the Britannia Pier. Among the pictured line-up are the Wellington's Morecambe and Wise, perhaps with guitarist Bert Weedon behind Ernie; from the Britannia Pier, songstress Eve Boswell (in front of headlining singer David Whitfield), Des O'Connor and Jack Douglas (top left) who, in 1964, was a supporting act but returned as a star in 1969 and 1971 to bill-top in farces at the Windmill; Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang (front); and possibly Audrey Jeans behind Eric Morecambe.  Picture: MERCURY LIBRARY

Swinging Sixties brought feel-good factor and major change to Great Yarmouth

IT seems like only yesterday... but it wasn’t. In fact, it was a half-century ago, in 1964. when national prosperity was reflected in booming business in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, the borough enjoying not only the launch of the vast North Sea offshore industry but also a super summer holiday season, aided by a myriad of showbiz stars spending weeks in our shows.

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David Cooke and his collection of Dinky Toys and buses. Photo: Bill Smith

Every small boy’s new car dream!

WE all clearly remember our first car, I am sure. The excitement that had built up after a long wait was understandable, and we were eager to show it off to friends. It was a moment of one-upmanship…or, in my case, two-upmanship!

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RENEGADE: the shop in Englands Lane where Louis Durrant stubbornly refused to acknowledge the new monetary system.
Picture: MERCURY LIBRARY

How pennies and pounds added up in the past

Penny for your thoughts? That question/offer was often heard in the earlier part of my life, although I doubt that many folk were persuaded to reveal their thoughts even though a penny would have bought much more then than it would today.

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HERE WE ARE AGAIN! Great Yarmouth’s 100-yard open-air unheated bathing pool was one of the familiar amenities regular visitors John and Patricia Hodnett were happy to see  on their annual return here. Two years after this picture was taken in 1977, the pool was demolished to make way for the present Marina Centre.
Picture: CLIFFORD TEMPLE

Londoner has holidayed in Great Yarmouth since 1949

A TESTIMONIAL to the affection and esteem in which Great Yarmouth and Gorleston are held has arrived from a London reader who was first drawn to us 65 years ago...and still cherishes fond memories which sustain him and his wife although they accept it is unlikely they will ever return.

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TO THE RESCUE: helpers extricate the dead and wounded from the mangled wreckage.
Picture: COLMAN AND RYE LIBRARIES OF LOCAL HISTORY, NORWICH

The filthy night when two trains collided

RESIDENTS of the Great Yarmouth area live in what is almost a railway-free zone. Drivers on the Acle New Road spot the occasional rail-car, sometimes only a solitary single unit, alongside them but that is the sad extent of it.

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