Special day will give people the chance to show why we love our county and borough
PUBLISHED: 19:03 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:41 05 March 2018
We are proud of our region and want to shout out about from the rooftops.
That is the message from two lifeboat stations in the borough and an landmark seafront entertainment venue that are backing a campaign called Norfolk Day.
Norfolk Day is a campaign supported by the Mercury which will take place on Friday, July 27 with communities, businesses and organisations urged to organise events to celebrate what the county has to offer and how proud they are to live here.
In our borough Hemsby and Caister independent lifeboat stations have signed up to Norfolk Day and will be opening their doors to visitors on the day.
In Great Yarmouth Peter Jay of the Hippodrome said he supported the campaign and hoped to get involved, while interiors firm Ponden Home, a retail concession with Peacocks and Edinburgh Woollen Mill on the market place, have expressed an interest in signing up.
Gerard Roadley-Battin, coxswain at Hemsby lifeboat station, said: “Norfolk is a beautiful place to live and there are some wonderful beaches around here. I just really love it here.”
Mr Roadley-Battin added that the open day would have activities and also offer a people a chance to see the plans for a new look £350,000 station and the appeal to help fund it, which has already reached £100,000.
Paul Garrod, chairman of Caister lifeboat station, was more than delighted to sign up to Norfolk Day and arrange an open to help celebrate the county and the borough’s merits.
He said: “It is a beautiful county and obviously we want more people to come and visit and enjoy it.”
Mr Garrod is uncle to Dr Ben Garrod, the evolutionary biologist, primatologist and broadcaster and who was raised in Yarmouth and has signed up as an official Norfolk Day ambassador.
He said described Norfolk Day as a “great idea for anyone wanting to celebrate who they are and what they have on their doorstep”.
Mr Jay said Norfolk Day may provide the chance to show off his Hippodrome as a 115 year old circus building with an original water spectacular.