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Staging a story that has worldwide appeal, Westacre Theatre presents Pippin The Musical created by multi-award winning Stephen Schwartz. Young Pippin refuses to spend his life in the quest of ‘common things’ but aspiring instead to a greater fulfilment. His search for how to reach out for the secret of true happiness and contentment leads him - through loyalty to his father - to discover the horrors of war. Declining to participate in the victory celebrations, he is lured by temptations of the flesh. Unsatisfied by those experiences, he follows the intrigues involved in political power. Seen by some as a dark tale, it highlights the dangers of false appearances and empty promises. The soul-searching Pippin dwells under the illusion that there has to be an absolutely perfect place and…
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Actor Gillian Dean is set to play a blind woman in a summer drama thriller, using her own visual impairment to bring extra realism to the role. But two weeks later she will play a fully-sighted character in a classic comedy, using stage craft and support from fellow cast members so her disability is not noticeable. The inspirational 42-year-old from Lakenham, Norwich is currently rehearsing and learning lines for both roles at Sheringham Little Theatre this month.In Wait Until Dark she is blind Susy who is alone in her 1960s London flat with a doll being targeted by three desperate con men. In Table Manners she is Annie, who is trying to spend an illicit weekend with her brother-in-law. Gillian said: “Thumbs up to the Little Theatre for casting a…
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One of the country’s most historically important football grounds is to get a £972,078 investment in new grassroots facilities. Great Yarmouth Borough Council is working with the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation to improve facilities at the Wellesley Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth. Thanks to a Football Foundation grant of £747,078 and match funding of £225,000 from the Council, a total of £972,078 will be invested in the grounds. The funding will include the construction of a new floodlit 9v9 3G artificial grass football pitch and renovation works to the Grade II listed Tennis Pavilion building, bringing the building back into use by providing changing and meeting facilities to support the new pitch. The works are expected to begin in September this year and are anticipated to…
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A well-supported community clean up at beaches along the West Norfolk coast on Sunday resulted in around 30 bags of rubbish being removed. The event was organised by the council’s Single Use Plastics Working Group (SUPWG) and was attended by a number of borough councillors, including the council leader, Cllr Stuart Dark MBE, chair of the SUPWG, Cllr Terry Parish, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Paul Kunes, and Councillors Sandra Squire, Carol Bower, Ben Jones, Chris Morley and Anthony Bubb. The event was also attended by the area’s MP, James Wild, parish councillors, the council’s chief executive, Lorraine Gore, family members and members of the public.
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Seven new CCTV cameras have been installed in various spots around Gorleston thanks to the funding awarded to the council from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, through its successful bid to the Home Office's Safer Streets Fund. The cameras have been installed in areas known to experience issues of anti-social behaviour with the aim of increasing the public’s feeling of safety by deterring such activities. The locations of the CCTV cameras are Magdalen Square, Windsor Way, the Crow Hall Green area, Lowestoft Road and Lower Esplanade. The cameras will be monitored by a team of Police Support Volunteers. These areas were chosen following a public consultation in August 2021 where residents, businesses, community groups and sports clubs were invited to share their feedback on the…
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Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Cllr Graham Plant, has buried a time capsule full of memories relating to the last few years at Great Yarmouth’s new £26m swimming, sports, and leisure centre. Back in 2021, the council invited members of the community to share their ideas on what they think should be included in a time capsule to be buried under the performance area in the new Marina Centre. Items which will be buried in the capsule include events on a national such as Coronavirus updates, the Queen’s Jubilee and the 2021 census. There is also local news such as the media coverage for Visit Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival 2022, photos of the Marina Centre from the past, present and artists impressions and a photo of the current Mayor and Mayoress…
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Plans to regenerate a riverside gateway site in Great Yarmouth are expected to take an important step forward next week with a move to compulsorily purchase parts of the site. Great Yarmouth Borough Council has been working on proposals to transform the North Quay area into an exciting new waterfront quarter, turning the eyesore area into an attractive entrance to the town. The four hectares of land is currently in piecemeal ownership and negotiations to bring the land together have been slow. Now the council is proposing to use compulsory purchase powers to buy up the land so that its masterplan for the site can be made a reality.
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The Swaffham Ecotricity Turbine, which stands at over 100 metres tall, has been illuminated in Royal purple and flaming red, making it the tallest beacon in East Anglia lit up in honour of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The iconic turbine was lit up, and visible for miles around, with powerful coloured lighting by Breckland Council, as part of its tribute to Her Majesty, The Queen. Beacons across the district, county, and country. Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland Leader, commented: "We are delighted to have transform this iconic structure into the tallest beacon in East Anglia. Her Majesty and the Royal family have a long association with Norfolk and Breckland, therefore we are thrilled to play our part in this national celebration and to thank her for her wonderful 70 years' service…
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Great Yarmouth’s train station has been given a bright new look with a mural celebrating both the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the 140th anniversary of the Town Hall. The artwork is the result of partnership between arts group Reprezent Projects, Greater Anglia, and Great Yarmouth Borough Council. It features images of the Queen from 1952, the year of her accession, and from this year, alongside a picture of the train that brought her to Great Yarmouth in 1985 and the nearby Town Hall, which this year celebrates its own 140th anniversary. A large union flag sits in the centre of the artwork. The artwork was completed this week and appears on the side of the Great Yarmouth train station building, off Acle New Road, next to a popular pathway.
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Free bus passes are being offered to Ukrainians being hosted by families in Great Yarmouth, thanks to a tie up between the local council and First Bus. Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Carl Smith heard first hand from families staying in the town how difficulties with transport was making it difficult for them to settle in and asked First Bus if they could help. Now thanks to their generosity, Ukrainian guests will now be able to apply for a free one month pass for travel across the borough, and as far out as Norwich or Lowestoft. Head of operations and engineering Chris Speed has donated an initial 20 passes for the scheme, which is being coordinated by the council. One of the first families to benefit from the passes will…
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