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Town Hall well worth a visit

PUBLISHED: 09:38 12 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:23 03 July 2010

If visitors as far away as America have put Great Yarmouth Town Hall on their must see list - why haven't you? is a question being asked by the borough council.

If visitors as far away as America have put Great Yarmouth Town Hall on their must see list - why haven't you? is a question being asked by the borough council.

Built in 1882, the listed building houses a wealth of history from engraved records of the early bailiffs (the forerunners of councillors) to displays of mayoral regalia, historical maps and portraits.

In the past year 21 groups have visited the Town Hall ranging from brownies to students from the USA. But the council would like to welcome many more people to explain the part the building and its occupants have played in the borough's life and history.

The interior of the public rooms alone are worth visiting, as pupils from local schools and the Sixth Form College have discovered when they have used them for meetings and debates.

A recent competition for Year 11 pupils at Flegg High School has produced a brochure to attract more schools on visits.

“We will be pleased to welcome more schools to the Town Hall,” said Mayoral and Civic Events Officer, Laura Goodman. “But groups of people of all ages are welcome to learn more about their heritage and how the council operates. We provide guided tours which are absolutely free.

“There is a lot to see, and people are always interested in the history of the building and the town. The Town Hall is a familiar sight to many, but they don't always think about coming to look round.”

To arrange a visit contact Laura Goodman on 01493 846125 or lauragoodman@great-yarmouth.gov.uk.

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