A new series of heritage talks is inviting Great Yarmouth residents to step back in time as guides unveil tales of The Beatles’ visit to the town and a tragic bridge disaster. 

Three one-hour talks will take place at 1pm on the second Tuesday of February, March and April at the Town Hall.  

Each talk costs £5.50 per person to attend and includes a hot drink on arrival and the chance to ask questions at the end. 

In the first session, on February 13, people will be able to find out what happened, why it happened and if ‘The Fall of Yarmouth Suspension Bridge’ could have been prevented.  

Great Yarmouth Mercury: A plaque commemorating the suspension bridge tragedy in Great Yarmouth. A plaque commemorating the suspension bridge tragedy in Great Yarmouth. (Image: Gareth Davies)

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The disaster happened in 1845 but its legacy is still relevant today. 

The second session, entitled ‘Mourning Manners – A Guide to Victorian Funeral Etiquette and Customs’, takes place on March 12.  

Guests will hear how Queen Victoria set many of our modern trends for weddings and funerals.

Those attending will find out about funeral etiquette - such as what would be appropriate to wear, how long to mourn for and about the interesting symbols that can be found within memorials. 

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The final talk, entitled ‘Yare! Yare! Yare! The Beatles – Yesterday and Today’, takes place on April 9 and attendees will travel back in time to learn about the music business of the 60s and the local locations featured in the 2019 Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis movie ‘Yesterday’ and The Beatles famous visit to Great Yarmouth. 

Booking is essential for all the talks at www.heritage-walks.co.uk with booking closing 48 hours ahead of each talk. 

Ruth Cockrill, the council’s marketing and events officer, said: ‘’These latest series of talks promise to offer a fascinating glimpse into the borough’s past and we’re sure those who attend will enjoy these events in the wonderful setting of the historic Town Hall.’’