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They called me Peggotty – Ham Peggotty. Legend claims that I lived in an upturned fishing boat on Great Yarmouth beach, becoming a local hero when I drowned while trying to rescue seafarers in a storm.

YH1 sails back into harbour today, figuratively speaking, as more information arrives about that distinctive Great Yarmouth port registration.

Just like my boyhood Hornby clockwork train set post-war, I came off the rails and hit the buffers, figuratively speaking, in this column recently.

Major seaside resorts like Great Yarmouth and Blackpool delight in their illuminations, aware that they attract many visitors and trippers each year.

Great Yarmouth is one of Britain’s favourite seaside towns.

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Rooted in tradition, Acle is a classic English market town on the Broads.

If you are a railways buff, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston must be a disappointingly barren area.

Nobody could have wished for a better evening for a cruise, with warm summer sunshine, a cloudless blue sky and millpond sea.

There have been neither sleepless nights nor bitten fingernails, but occasionally the topic has come to mind, only to remain a nagging conundrum.

With the riverside in Great Yarmouth set for a revamp as a restaurant quarter, we look back at when the area was known historically as the town’s banking hub.

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Today, a ghost hunt - not an eerie “things that go bump in the night” experience but simply long-outdated signs still prominent hereabouts.

Not for the first time, my get-out clause has been proved not only true but also necessary: nostalgia is an inexact science!

Tales of the Unexpected was a popular television series between 1979 and 1988. But a few years later, Great Yarmouth experienced its own tale of the unexpected - but for real, not for fireside entertainment.

Where have they all gone? Our heritage has evaporated. Everything has changed. Only memories survive.

Half a century after the unforgettable North Sea drama involving a blow-out on a gas rig and the capsize of a rescue ship, recalled here recently, I have had the pleasure of talking to one of the final five survivors to be evacuated from the stricken Hewett A.

Nellie the Elephant might well have packed her trunk and gone to work in a circus while another ditty urged listeners to “Be a clown!”, but the Big Top has limited appeal for job-seekers.

She was no stranger to fearsome weather, having once sailed in the unpredictable Antarctic waters carrying explorers hoping to reach the South Pole.

Although it is still “In the bleak mid-winter”, we can start thinking about our summer holidays.

The year marking the centenary of the 1918 Armistice ends next Monday, but I doubt that it will bring final closure.

There is seldom a spring in the step when heading to our James Paget Hospital for a visit, however routine it might be, but my spirits were lifted recently by a surprise discovery.

We grumbled about long queues in post offices like the Regent Street premises in Great Yarmouth, but the fickle public probably misses them since the privatised service decamped to shops.

As an ardent film fan, my first reaction was envy. Fancy being paid to watch movies for a living! However, second thoughts swiftly prevailed.

Elegant homes, apartments, hotels, schools, playing fields, cemeteries...

Surely, somewhere out there lurks a millionaire philanthropist eager to help worthwhile causes in that good old Norfolk tradition of “du-different”.

A kids’ game? Well, this was anything but.

Of the pictures adorning the walls of my maternal Grandma’s terrace cottage in Harley Road, Newtown, when I was young, two particularly attracted my attention.

With residential developments springing up across the borough, their roads need naming.

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Is spotting blue heritage plaques on buildings the 2018 adult version of the “I spy, with my little eye” children’s game?

It was simple but effective, eliminating the “so near but so far” agony of shipwrecked mariners perishing only yards from the safety of the shore.

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