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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DONKEY DELIGHT: a young girl takes a ride on Gorleston beach in 1904. Picture: PETER ALLARD COLLECTION

A snapshot of Great Yarmouth holiday fun from yesteryear

DESPITE innovations making fairground rides like those at Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach more exhilarating (for those who enjoy that sort of thrill), and the constant electronic din emerging from the Golden Mile’s amusement arcades, the resort has managed to cling on to some of its quieter delights.

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DOWN FUNNEL! The Yarmouth prepares to pass beneath the bridge on which the photographer was standing. Picture: SUBMITTED

A snapshot of Great Yarmouth holiday fun from yesteryear

PROBABLY nothing encapsulates that memorable pre- and post-war era of Great Yarmouth’s dominance in the summer holiday industry more than the fleet of pleasure craft that ferried passengers either up and down the River Yare, into Broadland or out to sea.

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ONLY A SHORT STROLL..: From Bells Road, Gorleston, to the White Lion Hotel where traders and others met socially before the war. On the left of this postcard, snapped early last century, is the shop later owned by newsagent Ernie Spain, a Punch Bowl member who had only a two-minute walk along Upper Cliff Road to the hotel.
Picture: DENNIS DURRANT COLLECTION

Was talented railway engineer artist of clever 1930s caricatures?

Well, who would have anticipated that a 1937 cartoon of caricatures of local men, featured in this column recently, would provoke a difference of opinion about the identity of the artist? Not I, for one.

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