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The brewery (long closed) and the parish church share an interesting history. In June 1942, Great Yarmouth suffered one of its numerous enemy bombing raids of World War 2 and the area of the market place was hit with incendiary bombs. The brewery and the church were on opposite sides of the street and both were set alight. It was said that the local fire brigade were unable to deal with both fires simultaneously and anecdotally, the fire chief had to make a decision. His priority (so it was said) was to save the brewery. The church was extensively damaged and not repaired until the late 1950s.
|One thing that did
interest me greatly was the advent of pleasure flying. Initially
Anglia Air Charter operated from a field to the south of Gorleston, but
after a year, moved to the more permanent base of North Denes in around
1954. I never flew in one of their aircraft. However, in
1980, the airline for which I was flying (I was an RAF pilot and later an
airline pilot) merged with the successor to Anglian Air Charter to form
Air UK. I remained with Air UK until I retired in 1998 - full
The leisure industry soon bounced back after the War. The area near the Harbour Mouth was popular winter and summer
small pleasure boats (below) were ancient. The double deckers (I
used to love to ride on the top) were the "Yarmouth", "Gorleston",
"Southtown" and "Cobholm" named after districts in the town.
They doubled as ferries sailing between the centre of Yarmouth and near
th harbour mouth on the Gorleston side of the river.|
The Golden Galleon was more modern - a converted World War 2 Naval boat. It ended its days ignominiously on a mud bank on an inland stretch of river and the remains were scrapped in about 2006.
The Centurion moored by the Town Hall is thought to be an ex Royal Navy ship dating from 1844. I photographed it with equipment that was almost as old. The first camera I ever used had belonged to my parents and was a "Box Brownie" (or equivalent) - it was capable of producing recognizable pictures.
|TAs a family, we didn't indulge in the "vulgar" activities of the visitors but enjoyed more sophisticated interests.|
Below was taken on a visit to Scroby Sands, in those days a real sandbank but today the site of a major off-shore wind farm.
|Mum in the middle, sister Jennifer skipping and Dad on the right||Dad watching Mum as she tries to keep her balance|
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