GY Today – Wednesday 1st August 2018

GY Today – Wednesday 1st August 2018

Train Delays for Norfolk & Suffolk Passengers

Passengers travelling to and from Norwich are facing delays and cancellations this afternoon and evening due to a train fault.

Services affected include

16:38 Norwich to Great Yarmouth

18:04 Norwich to Great Yarmouth

18:47 Great Yarmouth to Norwich

19:17 Great Yarmouth to Norwich

Further information can be found at the Great Anglia web site



Pride is coming to Great Yarmouth!

Great Yarmouth & Waveney organisers are busy planning the first ever Pride event to be held in the town next year, and hope it will be “one of the best in the UK”

Kyle Hussey, from Caister, committee chairman, and also a drag queen called Eva Jenna-Talia said:

“Great Yarmouth has long been seen as an old-fashioned, culturally backward town.“We aim to promote and celebrate diversity in the town and show that this is no longer the case.

“We feel a Pride event within the town will give people from all over the UK a chance to visit and celebrate equality and diversity and take in some of the local history and culture.

“With support from businesses like Quay Pride we aim to bring the best entertainment and atmosphere to the event.”

The date has been set for Saturday June 29 2019 bringing to Yarmouth “something that has been missing for so long.”



Poundstretcher worker attacked manager at return to work interview

A Poundstretcher  area manager has lost his job due to his attack on a regional controller at a Great Yarmouth branch during a return to work interview.

Brian Brownlie, 34, of Gorleston, responsible for 19 stores was attending an interview to return to work following time off due to suffering a breakdown. He carried out the assault on April 19th this year whilst being interviewed by two other senior management members.

Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court heard how Mr Brownlie had become aggressive and angry when questioned about his previous conduct, the way he followed company policies and used gambling websites at work.

Tess Mann, prosecuting, said Brownlie, had flipped a table which hit a regional controller on the underside of his chin and then punched him.

James Hartley, mitigating, said Brownlie described the incident as a scuffle and accepted he should not have reacted the way he did.

Brownlie admitted assault and was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £85.

Emergency services deal with incident at hospital

Following an ongoing incident at the James Paget Hospital Gorleston the public are being asked to only make visits to the hospital if absolutely essential

In a statement Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said: “Fire crews are currently dealing with an incident at the James Paget Hospital alongside colleagues from police and the East of England Ambulance Service.

“Although this is an ongoing incident there is no wider risk to the public or staff on scene but we would ask that only essential visits are made to the hospital until further notice to allow our crews to resolve the incident safely.”


A father of a Caister woman who has died from a rare “orphan disease” has pledged to raised £10,000 for research and awareness into the condition.

Lauren Beckett died aged 28 earlier this year from scleroderma, a disease which results in the body’s immune system becoming so overactive it attacks healthy tissue.

The disease is hard to detect, and Lauren and her family were unaware that she was suffering from it. Family and friends have already donated £1,100 which will be used to buy equipment for the James Paget Hospital’s intensive care unit in Gorleston.

Mr Beckett Lauren’s father is now raising money for the Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK (SRUK) charity and has a target of £10,000.

Already, he has a number of fund-raising events in the pipeline including a casino night in Great Yarmouth, a carol concert, a film night, cricket match and a sponsored walk.

To find out more about these events and support Mr Beckett, you can contact him on 01493 234846

Tonnes of waste have been found dumped in a large heap in Great Yarmouth.

The estimated 30Ton mound was found on Sunday morning in Beacon Park, near the entrance to Proserv.

Anyone who witnesses an environmental crime in the borough or has information that may help to identify an offender should contact the environmental rangers and provide as much information as possible, such as the location and time of offence, what occurred, the description or address of the offender or offenders, and the registration number of any vehicle involved.”

Environmental crimes in the borough can be reported on the Report IT GY App or by calling 01493 846478.

Big Coast Clean Up

Harbour radios very own Melanie Ruse organised a Beach clean up and now there is a Big East Coast Beach clean up and here’s how to get involved to help keep our beaches clean.

There is to be clean ups in August on Norfolk and Waveney’s beautiful beaches in Hunstanton, Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Education officer of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Jenny Giffiths said: “It is a great opportunity for families and schools to get involved in cleaning your local beaches.

“A day at the beach is a great opportunity to spend time as a family and encourage your children to get outdoors and connect with the natural environment.

Here are the dates for some of the east coast clean up.. On Saturday, August 4, go to the Old Hunstanton Cliff car park for 10.30am

Lowestoft’s North Denes on Sunday, August 19, at 10am to join the combined Big Blue Ocean Clean Up and Big Coast Clean Up opposite Lighthouse Cafe on the green.

And finally, the last beach clean will be in Great Yarmouth on the weekend of August 25 and 26.

70 beach huts to be built on Gorleston seafront.

The council’s policy and resources committee agreed to release a further £130,000 to meet the costs of building the huts and a £77,000 amenity block.

Each timber beach hut on the Lower Promenade will cost £2,500 to build and once they and the amenity block are constructed the council will spend £23,000 a year on utility costs, a part time beach hut warden service, cleaning, repairs and maintenance.

The colourful huts will include a veranda at the front, and would be built of wood with a pitched roof. Planning permission for the huts is already in place.

The dedicated amenity block, with wash basins and toilets, will be available to hut owners.

It is said they will sell for £7,000 each.

Norfolk has lost almost one in five of its pubs since 2010

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal 145 public houses and bars across the county shut between 2010 and 2017.

Of those, 45 disappeared in the 12 months between 2016 and 2017.

It means there are now 660 pubs and bars in the county, compared to 805 in 2010

Some landlords claim a change in drinking culture and lack of support from the community is to blame for the closures.

Across the UK 5,745 pubs closed between 2010 and 2017. There are 54 local authority areas where 30 or more have shut.

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