The 25th of April, 2019, was the 300th anniversary of the publication of what is now known as Daniel Defoe’s first novel “Robinson Crusoe”.

A book hailed as the definitive story of Norfolk wherries is once again available

A fond farewell to Peggotty

Monday, December 30, 2019

For me it all began in 1955 with two items: a sole-lump – a fish also called a lump-sucker – and a small fun balloon released in Germany being found on Great Yarmouth’s North Beach.

Time was when it would have seemed like the end of my world.

Oh no he isn’t! Oh yes he is!

A provincial journalist’s life is not as high-octane as many imagine.

In days long past, late November and into December would have been seen the Scottish drifters sailing home after another autumn herring fishery.

Because this weekly column often delves into Great Yarmouth and Gorleston’s past, dates are all-important.

Long gone are the days when nationally-acclaimed stars headlined at Great Yarmouth’s several theatres, attracting regular “House full!” notices as holidaymakers and locals clamoured to see their summer shows.

In my teenage years postwar, pocket money was a pittance – half-a-crown a week if you were lucky.

A bold claim to be “The Resorts that have Everything” served Great Yarmouth and Gorleston well as a publicity slogan in our sixties heydays.

Popular opinion claims that good things come in threes. So, to underline the point, here is a trio - of coincidences!

Despite possessing a journalist’s thick skin, I must admit to suffering an inferiority complex over... mobile telephones!

Here we are into October, and it is safe to say that many of the older residents of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston will cast their minds back to those halcyon days when the annual autumn fishery was in full swing here.

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