03 Jan GY TODAY – THURSDAY 3RD JANUARY 2019
Warning after dog harasses seal
A woman has shared her disturbing account of how a seal was left exhausted and stressed after being harassed by a dog. Summer Clarke said she witnessed the upsetting scene at Gorleston yesterday, and is urging people to follow advice to keep dogs on leads and to back away. Common greys come to the Norfolk coast during the winter months from November to late January to give birth with the main colony being at Horsey and Winterton further north. The last seal count at Horsey revealed there were 706 adults on the beach and 1,038 pups bringing the total this year to 2,034 – 209 up on last season.
Local youngsters interview Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Two sisters from Great Yarmouth had a practically perfect time interviewing Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and even got the stars to perform Baby Shark. Pepper, aged six, and Daisy Self, nine, interviewed the stars of Mary Poppins Returns at the Corinthia Hotel in London and they also got to attend the premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.
Pepper is signed to an agency and has done TV commercials for Very, Co-op, Philips and Littlewoods and was told that Pretty52, which is run by LADbible, were looking for two children to interview Emily and Lin-Manuel.
Pepper and her sister Daisy had to send a video of them interviewing each other and the next day were told they had been selected. Mary Poppins Returns follows a grown-up Michael Banks, his children and sister Jane save their family home with the help of Mary Poppins and lamplighter Bert, played by Lin-Manuel.
‘Woolies’ then and now – ten years since the closures of a high street favourite
Ten years ago Woolworths stores across the UK shut down, with branches in towns across Norfolk replaced by discount retailers and fast-food restaurants like Poundland and McDonalds. There were more than 800 stores in the UK prior to closure. However, during the financial crisis in 2008, administrators were called after the company had accumulated around £400 million worth of debt. A reunion is to be held this weekend for former workers at a town’s Woolworths store to mark 10 years since it closed its doors for the final time. The store had stood in the very heart of the town since 1936, but on Tuesday January 6 2009, the Woolworths store in Beccles was among branches all over the country which were forced to close. Now, former staff at the store are welcoming past colleagues to the Fox and Hounds, on Ravensmere, Beccles, for a reunion from 1pm until 4pm on Sunday, January 6.
Norfolk Couple celebrate 65th wedding anniversary
A Norfolk couple spent boxing day celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary with those nearest and dearest to them.
Keith and Rosemary Hodgkin married at Ormesby Parish Church on December, 26, 1953.
Mrs Hodgkin, 83, a farmers daughter from South Walsham, has lived in Norfolk all her life.
Originally from Derbyshire, her husband moved to Great Yarmouth with his family after the war.
The couple have three children, Kevin, Karon and Deborah and seven grandchildren.
They have both played at Gorleston Golf Club for more than fifty years with Mrs Hodgkin having been both the ladies captain and president. The couple were sent a congratulatory message from the Queen to mark the occasion.