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Sports Direct set to move into former M&S building

PUBLISHED: 11:59 28 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:38 28 October 2019

Sports Direct are set to move into the M&S building in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

Sports Direct are set to move into the M&S building in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

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After attracting thousands of visitors, a contemporary art gallery has moved out of the former home of Marks & Spencer in Great Yarmouth to make way for retail giants Sports Direct.

The Sports Direct store will open next year. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA WireThe Sports Direct store will open next year. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Original Projects, a Great Yarmouth-based arts organisation, has captured the imaginations of residents in the town since it moved into the premises in King Street seven months ago.

The gallery has staged a variety of exhibitions which have showcased the way in which contemporary art can be linked to Great Yarmouth.

Co-director of the gallery, Kaavous Clayton, said he was delighted with how popular his exhibitions have been.

Kaavous Clayton and partner Julia Devonshire who set up the art gallery in the former M&S building. Picture: Joseph NortonKaavous Clayton and partner Julia Devonshire who set up the art gallery in the former M&S building. Picture: Joseph Norton

"The response we have had from everyone has been amazing," he said.

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"The location in the town centre was ideal but it's time for us to find a new base."

The Annotated Reader exhibition which comprised of 281 texts showcasing a unique snapshot of what hundreds of inspiring and creative people throughout the world are preoccupied with in 2018. Picture: Joseph NortonThe Annotated Reader exhibition which comprised of 281 texts showcasing a unique snapshot of what hundreds of inspiring and creative people throughout the world are preoccupied with in 2018. Picture: Joseph Norton

Mr Clayton said nearly 5,000 people had been through the gallery's doors but he had returned the keys to the venue last week to allow Sports Direct to move in.

It is hoped the art gallery will reopen at a new premises within six months.

Sports Direct announced in July this year it would be moving into the former M&S store in 2020 replacing the store at Gapton Hall Retail Park.

An official opening date for the store is yet to be announced.

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