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GRAEME CASSIDY'S GREAT YARMOUTH CHRONICLES PAGE 7 OF 7
by Graeme Cassidy
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: Added June 2006
And when all was done, I would head north for the night, back to the holiday camp.


And whilst my memory does just that, my current-day self turns round, and begins the long walk back to the Pleasure Beach (and the car)...This time walking right by the beachside.

I ended my 2005 trip by driving north, parking and buying an ice cream outside the holiday camp I visited so many moons ago.
 
Here, it had forged an impression in my young mind that Great Yarmouth was the ultimate destination on Earth.
 
The promenade was impossibly long, wide and full of more activity than I could ever see.

It had been a day of nostalgia.

I left grateful that Great Yarmouth is so close to me. Itís full of vulgarity, but also so much to do. It really is the jewel of the east.

I doubt I will ever understand Great Yarmouth in its entirety, or know all its secrets in detail. But then, who does?
 
Maybe thatís why I love it so much!

The journey back: Looking south towards the Winter Gardens and Wellington Pier. Photo: Graeme Cassidy
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More on Great Yarmouth and its Pleasure Beach Amusement Park
On-ride footage of the Roller Coaster and Fun House on 'Just For Fun: Amusement Parks of the United Kingdom' DVD
Merrivale Model Village vintage slot machine collection on 'The Old-Tyme Penny Arcade & The Vintage Fairground' DVD
Peter Jay's Circus at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome featured in book: 'Water Spectacles in the Circus'
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach features in book: 'Seaside Holidays in the Past'
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach Official Website
Joyland Amusement Park Official Website
Footage of Great Yarmouth in 1974 (YouTube)

 
Acknowledgements
Thanks to Graeme Cassidy for his words and pictures and to Nick Laister for his photographs of Joyland.

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