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We’re always here for Great Yarmouth... now please help support our journalism

PUBLISHED: 15:48 23 April 2020 | UPDATED: 15:48 23 April 2020

Great Yarmouth Borough Council say that the mould problem will be dealt with once coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth Borough Council say that the mould problem will be dealt with once coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Picture: James Bass

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Since 1880, the Great Yarmouth Mercury has been there with you.

Floods 1953  -  Yarmouth

The top front  half of the Yarmouth Mercury dated Friday February 6 1953 reporting of the floods.

Dated  February 1953

Photograph  C5708Floods 1953 - Yarmouth The top front half of the Yarmouth Mercury dated Friday February 6 1953 reporting of the floods. Dated February 1953 Photograph C5708

Right now we reach more of you in print and via digital than we ever have before.

But now more than ever, our work to inform and entertain you is in danger - and we need your help to build a sustainable future for our title.

Over the years we’ll have made you think, made you smile, made you angry, made you proud of our region.

We led the coverage of the tragic 1953 floods, in which 307 people died on the east coast, including many in our towns and villages.

Floods 1953  -  Cobholm

Residents of Cobholm, Great Yarmouth outside F.W. Hayhow Stores during the 1953 floods.

Dated  February 1953

Photograph  C5496Floods 1953 - Cobholm Residents of Cobholm, Great Yarmouth outside F.W. Hayhow Stores during the 1953 floods. Dated February 1953 Photograph C5496

In 2001, we backed a £750,000 fund-raising bid to save the iconic Lydia Eva steam drifter. The successful campaign saw her move under her own steam for the first time in more than 30 years, in 2010.

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In 2008, we put our weight behind an appeal to raise £1.5m for the James Paget Hospital’s Palliative Care East Appeal. That figure was hit in 2012, thanks to your generous donations.

Today, with journalism already under pressure and coronavirus making finances even tighter, more and more communities are no longer represented by a local newspaper. Corruption goes unpunished. Bad decisions go unchecked. Fake news spreads uncorrected on social media.

The Great Yarmouth Mercury appeal to help the James Paget Hospital raise £1.5m for palliative care.The Great Yarmouth Mercury appeal to help the James Paget Hospital raise £1.5m for palliative care.

To stop that happening in our region, we are inviting readers of our websites to give their financial support to our work. You can contribute any amount you like, as a one-off or a recurring contribution.

I believe that accurate, useful, honest, local journalism is vital to our future and I know you believe that too.

That’s why I hope you will help us. Every single gesture of support will keep us fighting for you and our region.

Thank you

Andrew Fitchett, Editor


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This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

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