FOR HIGH DAYS AND HOLIDAYS...the 150ft Revolving Tower on North Drive, a landmark from 1897 to 1941.
Pictures: CLIFFORD TEMPLE

When the Great War was over, we came out to play

Almost a century ago, Great Yarmouth was thriving as a popular working-class resort. Its vibrancy and visitors – and those seeking their custom – made a lasting impression on a local teenager who had just started working.

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ANNIE FOWLER, White Lion co-licensee

A final toast to the White Lion Hotel’s Punch Bowl

LET us raise our glasses and drink a final toast today to those Gorleston businessmen who, in the 1930s, frequented the White Lion Hotel and formed a friendly group meeting in the Punch Bowl there.

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ILL-FATED: Great Yarmouth’s Britannia Pier, showing the Pavilion built in 1910 but destroyed by fire in 1914.
Picture: SUBMITTED

Lights out on seafront as world war begins

A CENTURY ago next Monday, Britain declared war on Germany, a conflict that was to last four years and result in the death of tens of thousands of our servicemen, many from the Great Yarmouth area. One reliable record claims that the British Empire suffered nearly one million dead, two million wounded and almost 200,000 listed as “prisoners and missing”.

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BIRTHPLACE: the Yarmouth Mercury was the brainchild of printer John Buckle whose Theatre Plain premises are on the right-hand end of this block dominated by the Conservative Club. They were razed in 1974 to make way for the building of the Market Gates shopping mall.
Picture: MERCURY LIBRARY

Was the Mercury editor playing by the rules?

THE strange case of the Yarmouth Mercury editor’s apparently unprofessional and provocative conduct has been worrying me. Was it ethical to serve on a public body and cast a vote that was not only of personal benefit but also split the borough asunder?

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