Sing along to the ‘official song of Great Yarmouth’, recorded in 1956

Singer-whistler Ronnie Ronalde presents the trophies to the men's and women's champions at the East

Singer-whistler Ronnie Ronalde presents the trophies to the men's and women's champions at the East Anglian archery championships at the Wellesley recreation ground in August 1951. Picture: Mercury Library - Credit: Archant

It’s bright and breezy and it’s the official song recorded as “the official song of Great Yarmouth as authorised by the corporation.”

When singing, whistling and yodelling entertainer Ronnie Ronalde recorded The Yarmouth Song in 1956, he was extolling the resort where he starred for three summers in the 1950s.

First, he topped the bill with Max Bygraves at the Britannia in 1951, returning to Yarmouth in 1955 and 1956 along Marine Parade at the Wellington Pier Pavilion.

The Barry Lewis composition was “the official song of Great Yarmouth as authorised by the corporation.”

The lyrics include “Yarmouth, wonderful Yarmouth”, “by the sea” and “the place that has everything” - more or less the resort’s advertising slogan.


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Whether or not the ditty persuaded anyone new to take a holiday in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, we will never know. Nor will we discover if the song misled an undecided tourist into visiting the wrong Yarmouth - the other one in England on the Isle of Wight, if not those abroad.

But in the matter of one-upmanship, it would be surprised if the Norfolk Yarmouth was not unique among its four namesakes in having its own song, professionally produced.

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The three other Yarmouths are across the North Atlantic - two in the US, one in Canada. The American pair are in states of Massachusetts (often with “Cape Cod” included in its name, like Yarmouth and Gorleston), and Maine. The Canadian Yarmouth is in the province of Nova Scotia.

Listen to the song on Utube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9xjjfHkLZ4

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