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Is Great Yarmouth ‘the finest place in the universe’? This should help you decide

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, South Marine Parade, Norfolk, 4th February 2018. Picture:  JAIME-LEA  TAYLOR

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, South Marine Parade, Norfolk, 4th February 2018. Picture: JAIME-LEA TAYLOR

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To be named ‘the finest place in the universe’ is a title many towns would struggle to live up to.

The Scenic Railway Rollercoaster is Grade II listed, it was designed by Erich Heidrich and opened in 1932. Picture: JAIME-LEA  TAYLORThe Scenic Railway Rollercoaster is Grade II listed, it was designed by Erich Heidrich and opened in 1932. Picture: JAIME-LEA TAYLOR

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.

“It’s Great Here!” 

A deckchair shed on Great Yarmouth Beach, by the Brittania Pier. November 2017. Picture: JAIME-LEA  TAYLOR“It’s Great Here!” A deckchair shed on Great Yarmouth Beach, by the Brittania Pier. November 2017. Picture: JAIME-LEA TAYLOR

“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.

The South end of Great Yarmouth beach, the Power Station dominates the view looking towards Gorleston-on-sea. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 4th February 2018. Picture: JAIME-LEA  TAYLORThe South end of Great Yarmouth beach, the Power Station dominates the view looking towards Gorleston-on-sea. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 4th February 2018. Picture: JAIME-LEA TAYLOR

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.

A view of the Great Yarmouth Power Station from Fenner Road. Picture: JAIME-LEA  TAYLORA view of the Great Yarmouth Power Station from Fenner Road. Picture: JAIME-LEA TAYLOR

For more information, visit www.jaime-leataylor.co.uk

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