Great Yarmouth News

New memorial to be dedicated

Tuesday 11th November 2014

A special dedication service will be held on Tuesday, November 18 for a new memorial to be installed in the area of St George’s Theatre, off King Street, in Great Yarmouth.

The area now occupied by St George’s Pavilion, which was built as part of an award-winning regeneration project, was previously used as a memorial garden, dotted with memorial benches, plaques, and plants.

As part of the regeneration project, whose centrepiece was the complete refurbishment of the landmark Georgian theatre, it was agreed these memorials could be replaced with a new collective memorial.

Relatives and friends of those commemorated on the bronze plaque of the new stone memorial are invited to attend the dedication service, which will start at 2pm at the memorial, or inside the Pavilion in the event of rain. The memorial will be sited beside the Plaza.

A full list of names is available at

The dedication service, to be led by the Rev Albert Cadmore, the mayor’s chaplain, will include an introduction on the history of the memorial and the lighting of a candle by resident Valerie Howkins, whose late son David Howkins is named on the memorial.

The names will be read aloud by Marlene Fairhead, the mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough, Mary Coleman, the deputy mayor, and Barry Coleman, the chairman of St George’s Theatre Trust.


The mayor said: “I am pleased that we are able to reinstate a collective memorial for those who were previously commemorated in this location. This will again provide a poignant tribute to these people, who in their different ways have helped to enrich the borough.”