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‘Mum and the town will be forever connected’ - memorial plaque to honour 50 years of seaside holidays

PUBLISHED: 18:13 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:43 11 July 2018

Holidaymakers John and Muriel Greenock from Edinburgh have been coming to Great Yarmouth for 45 years on their holidays.

Picture: James Bass.

Holidaymakers John and Muriel Greenock from Edinburgh have been coming to Great Yarmouth for 45 years on their holidays. Picture: James Bass.

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The family of one of Great Yarmouth’s most loyal holiday makers are planning a memorial plaque by the seaside to mark her 50-year connection with the resort.

Holidaymakers John and Muriel Greenock from Edinburgh have been coming to Great Yarmouth for 45 years on their holidays.

Picture: James Bass.
Holidaymakers John and Muriel Greenock from Edinburgh have been coming to Great Yarmouth for 45 years on their holidays. Picture: James Bass.

Muriel Greenock and her husband John so loved the town - visiting during the heaving holiday heydays through to the leaner later years - they never went on holiday anywhere else.

In recognition of their enduring affection and un-dimming love for Yarmouth they took tea with town mayor Kerry-Robinson Payne a year ago, chinking china teacups surrounded by the civic finery of the mayor’s parlour.

This week the couple’s son John-Paul Greenock delivered the news that his mother had died in her home city of Edinburgh.

He said: “My father is obviously devastated by what has happened as are the rest of the family, and he was still hoping to visit on holiday this year (in July as mum’s birthday on the 5th), but found it would be too much too soon.

Yarmouth Mayor Kerry Robinson-Payne invites John and Muriel Greenock who have been holidaying in Yarmouth every year for more than 45 years to tea at the Town Hall.
Picture: Nick ButcherYarmouth Mayor Kerry Robinson-Payne invites John and Muriel Greenock who have been holidaying in Yarmouth every year for more than 45 years to tea at the Town Hall. Picture: Nick Butcher

“However we will make sure he gets back in the very near future to their favourite Barons Court Hotel.

“What we hope to do is find somewhere beautiful on the front to put a plaque of some type, and any ideas you have for this would be greatly appreciated.

“Mum and the town will be forever connected as we all will in our hearts, and everyone should be so proud of this little gem in Norfolk.

“With the lottery money and rejuvenation projects ongoing it will get even better.

Yarmouth Mayor Kerry Robinson-Payne invites John and Muriel Greenock who have been holidaying in Yarmouth every year for more than 45 years to tea at the Town Hall.
Picture: Nick ButcherYarmouth Mayor Kerry Robinson-Payne invites John and Muriel Greenock who have been holidaying in Yarmouth every year for more than 45 years to tea at the Town Hall. Picture: Nick Butcher

“They will never forget their time at the city chambers. A braw day as they say up North.”

Mrs Robinson-Payne said she had hosted the couple as a thank you for their loyalty, coming back year after year, noting the changes - not all of which they approved of - but always returning to rediscover what they liked and to add to their bank of memories.

She offered her condolences to all the family, adding she hoped Mr Greenock would find his way to return to the town and enjoy sharing some of the memories they made with their young family in the 1970s and as couple more recently.

In 2015 Mrs Greenock said she always told people Yarmouth was a wonderful place.

Holidaymakers John and Muriel Greenock from Edinburgh have been coming to Great Yarmouth for 45 years on their holidays.  Picture: James Bass.Holidaymakers John and Muriel Greenock from Edinburgh have been coming to Great Yarmouth for 45 years on their holidays. Picture: James Bass.

“We love the beach, I love the people that you meet,” she added.

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