Tributes paid to former mayor of borough

Tributes have poured in to a stalwart of the Great Yarmouth borough after he died following a short term illness. David Thompson MBE, died on Sunday, December 9 at the age of 88.

Mr Thompson had served Great Yarmouth as a mayor in 2001 and deputy mayor in 2002.

He was also a councillor for the Blofield and Flegg Rural District and Great Yarmouth borough council for 46 years.


Inquest into the death of three-year-old who died in Gorleston beach tragedy adjourned

The inquest into the death of a three-year-old girl who died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline on Gorleston beach has been adjourned because a police report into the incident is not ready. The inquest has been adjourned for a second pre-inquest review at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Carrow House, Norwich, on February 11, to allow for a police to complete their report into the incident.


Norfolk school praised by Ofsted for development of ‘disengaged’ pupils following transformation from inadequate rating

Novaturient School in Great Yarmouth which teaches children aged 11 to 16 with emotional and behavioural difficulties has won back the approval of Ofsted inspectors who rated it good in all areas as well as overall.

The school which has 12 students has undergone a radical improvement including a name change since it was rated inadequate at its last inspection in October 2016.

Headteacher of the school formerly called Copperfield, Sally Alden, said it has been on a massive journey over the past two years.


Libraries invite people in for cup of tea and chat to combat loneliness

Just A Cuppa events aim to provide company and the possibility of friendship to people of all ages across the county.

The events are part of Norfolk County Council’s In Good Company campaign, which was set up in 2016 to make sure no-one has a lonely day in Norfolk. Social interaction improves mental health, reduces isolation and supports vulnerable people in the community, enabling them to seek help and support and utilise help available to them across all services at Norfolk County Council. To see if there’s an event at your local library, check the Libraries page on the Norfolk County Council website at




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