That is the main seafront in the picture, the beach is just camera left. I'm guessing the B&B was on Trafalgar Road, or close by, it's the last bit left with "nice" accommodation. Most of the rest of the town has had the guest houses converted into cheap accommodation for the long term unemployed. You get a lot of them think it will be nice to come to the seaside and live on benefits. The area of Great Yarmouth from the town center south actually makes it on to the list of the 20 most deprived wards (local council voting areas) in the whole of the UK! My old flat was in this area. Although they don't make as much renting to these people, most of whom are drug users, they also don't have to spend much looking after the properties either. The problem is that as they start allowing that to happen the nice places close as they lose clients because most folks don't want to be surrounded by druggies while on holiday. I'm originally from one of the outer suburbs of London, and moved up this way when I was posted here in 1985 while serving in the RAF. In the 31 years since I have watched the town go steadily down hill. The biggest problem is that they just don't know what they want the town to be. In 85 the port was still thriving, on mostly local business from Norfolk, along with the Offshore oil and Gas industry. The tourist trade was still pretty good too, it wasn't till about 1980 that the cheap flights to the mediterranean and the relatively strong pound meant it was possible to go away on a beach holiday where you were going to get really hot weather, and it was cheaper than staying in England, with our often dismal weather. The local authorities then swung between trying to encourage either the port and offshore, and tourism. The problem was that the one seemed to make life hard for the other. They up and went and spent millions on the outer harbour project, using mostly EU grant money. It was just about the worse place you could build a port. It is right on the end of a three mile long peninsula with the town between it and the closest railway, a single track line to Norwich. The roads are no better. The Main A47 is a single carriageway with one lane in each direction. Interestingly the outer harbour is all but unused, what's the use of a port with no onwards transport links, the nearest bit of motorway is 99 miles away! What we really needed was a nice yacht marina, that might have brought some life to the town, but no EU funds for one of those. maybe when they actually have to close the outer harbour as a freight port they will be able to convert it to what it should have been. It is in the right place to make a good marina. Anyway I guess this is starting to get a bit political, although locally the council swings between the two main parties regularly, and they are all just as bad as each other! Actually most of the borough is still pretty nice, the outlying villages, and the northern part of the town are all nice places to live on the whole. I guess my outlook is coloured by having to live in the least pleasant part of town, where the smell of weed being smoked is predominant, as an ex smoker, it is odd thinking that it was nice if people only smoked tobacco. Unfortunately when you have health based housing needs, you have to take what you can get. Prior to that part of town, I lived in a nice flat, except it was on the second floor, up four flights of stairs, it could take me half an hour to get in or out!
Anyway I'm glad you liked our town, both the Tandooris on King Street are very good, as are most of the pubs. The town still has a few proper locals. I think it's one of the tourist pubs that has all the scotch though. I don't frequent pubs anymore though as I can't drink alcohol now, my pain meds make anything alcoholic taste foul. I have a couple of untouched bottles of single malt still that were gifts. You will like this one then, King Street taken from almost where it becomes the Market Place. You can sort of just see one of the Tandoori places, on the right just past Peggoty's pub. My flat was off to the right down near the church, Which is now St Spiridion's Greek Orthodox Church, as there is still a large Greek Cypriot expat community in the town, mostly from the northern half of Cyprus.
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The photo was taken at about twenty past three on a cold wet Sunday afternoon in January, and the one in the last post was in February, both in 2008. Winter time is not the nicest time to be here. Oh and the Stars and Stripes are on "Zacks Yankee Traveler" a restaurant that does American cuisine. It started back in the 70's to cater for the Americans that were working in the offshore industry, although whats not to like about big portions of ribs, cajun chicken, burgers and steaks. It's popular enough still that you have to book if you want a table at the weekend.