Is Great Yarmouth ‘the finest place in the universe’? This should help you decide
©Jaime-lea Taylor 2018
To be named ‘the finest place in the universe’ is a title many towns would struggle to live up to.
But for one Norfolk woman, she believes Great Yarmouth fulfils the criteria thanks to its rich history and personality.
Jaime-lea Taylor is a London-based photography student who has captured the unique spirit of the town with her first class degree winning exhibition ‘Great Yarmouth: the finest place in the universe’.
The 21-year-old said: “I grew up in Wisbech but spent so much of my time in Great Yarmouth. I went back whilst I was studying at the London University of Arts, and saw this boarded up site which I suppose the council thought was an eyesore.”
Miss Taylor said: “On it, it had one of those historical facts and so I followed them around the town, and learned so much even though I’d spent so many summers here.
“The facts summed up the town, one year it was when the yellow lines were painted and another fact was the year the town invented the fish finger.
“My favourite was the one for 1940, despite the Second World War, the fact they’d chosen was that a Birds’ Eye factory had opened in town.”
She continued: “I just feel like when you google Great Yarmouth, a lot of negative stuff comes up, and I wanted to reverse that.”
Miss Taylor undertook a huge amount of research, and collated both her findings and a series of images which will be exhibited at the Skippings Gallery in King Street, Great Yarmouth.
She said: “I hope people that live in the town will come in and enjoy the show, but also people who might be visiting and not know as much about the town, like I did.”
The exhibition has so far been shown in London, but in shorter forms or in postcard forms.
She said: “It had a good reaction in London- the Yarmouth rock we gave away went down particularly well. I had a lovely email from the chair of the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, who helped me so much with my research, so that was a real moment for me.”
The Great Yarmouth exhibition will be held daily at the gallery between August 7 to 10, from 10am.
For more information, visit www.jaime-leataylor.co.uk
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