It's a still, cool January morning with a murky mist bearing down. Where better place to head in such weather than to Great Yarmouth...
Yes Great Yarmouth. Yarco. Yarmouth Town.
I actually love this place. It has a reputation now for amusements, deprivation, greyhound racing, cheap seaside holidays and cruising along the sea front - but there is so very much more to this place. Yes it has all those aforementioned things, but it also has a very rich history.
Great Yarmouth was a hugely important fishing port, the biggest herring fishing port in the world in fact. It was a prosperous place to be and people travelled from all over the country to work catching, landing and processing the herring during the season. South Denes was where a lot of the herring were cured and packed. Alas the herring fishing industry saw massive decline during and after the war, and has today all but ceased. The popularity of white fish saw a huge drop in consumption of smoked and pickled bloaters (that's where GYFC's nickname The Bloaters comes from).
And so now the South Denes is a quieter place, with oil, gas and energy companies now operating here, interspersed with local businesses. The place is weathered, untidy and in some places practically falling down. But in amongst all this is a beautiful example of a gas tower, some fantastic buildings and the grade 1 listed Nelson's Monument, with Britannia on the top looking out across towards Nelson's birth place (rather than out to sea).
The largest collection of NO PARKING notices can be found on South Denes. Some have been playfully adjusted at some point... er NO... what?
Yep that too.
Ah. No Parking!
If you're interested in the history of Great Yarmouth then a great place to start is the Time and Tide Museum.
To see the full set of photos from my trip to South Denes, visit Flickr