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Great Yarmouth 27-3-11
« on: March 29, 2011, 05:20:58 PM »
Well, what can I say... An absolutely magic day out at Great Yarmouth with Rugby to start off with (unfortunately my step son's club lost,) followed by lunch at Pizza Hut and then a trip to the Pleasure Beach. Rather handily, it was the opening weekend of the season! The weather was lovely and fairly warm and the clear sky offered lovely views from the top of the Roller Coaster :-)

We didn't manage a visit to the pleasure beach last year, so I noticed a couple of new changes, such as the Big Wheel no longer there, Outrage (a Miami ride,) replacing Orbiter and a new 4D Cinema in place of the old simulator ride. However, I did notice that the park is in need of a good lick of paint in quite a few places. Especially in need is the outer structure of the Roller Coaster but I do know that it takes an awful lot of paint!

Riding Roller Coaster on it's opening weekend of the season was just a joy. It was super smooth, fast, fun and even the small bunny hops on the station approach were taken at a nice speed. Another thing I noticed about the Coaster was that a partition is gone from inside the inner structure that leads to the hill lift. This now means that you get a fantastic view of up into the higher sections of the structure as you make your way round the bend to the hill lift. A lot of light is now allowed into this section due to the partition's removal and I kid you not, it really opens your eyes to the magnificance of the wooden majesty of this ride.  If you haven't ridden Roller Coaster for a long time, then now is a great time to get down to Great Yarmouth to see this for yourself. It's like seeing the ride with new eyes.

We all enjoyed the day and Ben enjoyed some of the kids rides, especially the Big Apple coaster and riding the bumper cars with Kane and his girlfriend, Georgia, who happened to be 16 today!

Picture time:

Lunch at Pizza Hut.




Kane and his birthday girl. She turned sweet sixteen, that day.


Rubbish adverts, great tasting beer.


A building full of character, that I noticed as we drove into town.


I took some pictures as we drove up the front. (The mrs was driving.)


 




A new and rather smart looking bar.


The horse and carts were out.


Just look at the advertised line up for Britannia Pier. In one word, stunning....


We couldn't park in our usual spot....


Pink Monorail supports?!!


Waltzer.


The rather groovy Monorail station.


The photogenic Evolution.






I love Mulan's theming.




Ben rides Big Apple (he is in the middle of the shot.)


..and Formula 1. not sure why he was saluting though!


Haunted Hotel.




The old simulator is replaced with a small but niftily presented 4D Cinema.


The park's iconic and world famous Roller Coaster. This is the daddy of family wooden coasters, in my opinion.










The very fun Disk O.


Some girls enjoy the fun House.


Ben and I rode the famous Gallopers.





An interesting point: the ride operator had a nice chat with me afterwards and expressed his disappointment of a rather vital flaw in the painting done on the ride, out of season....Can you see what's missing?


Log Flume was operating but some servicing seemed to be going on.




Ben enjoyed watching it make a big splash.


Kane, Ben and Georgia rode the Bumper Cars :cool:






Some snaps as we headed out the park and off home:
Roller Coaster's famous Archways have loads of lights:


Yarmouth's outer port extension has really come along and will generate much needed money into the local economy :thumbup1:




There are loads of Windmills around the road that connects Great Yarmouth.




As we left Great Yarmouth, the most incredible thing happened, a flock of birds started flying in crazy formations and I managed to grab a couple of photos. It really was quite something!

This is how they first appeared.


And then the formation changed to this.  I was really pleased to have my camera at the front of the car!


We had a magic day out, hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Chris.


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Re: Great Yarmouth 27-3-11
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 06:04:32 PM »
Eye, eye - In answer to your question  ;)

Great set of photos Chris, thanks for sharing. It must be over 20 years since I have been to Great Yarmouth - wrong side of the country for me.

Anyway, glad you did make it at the weekend and had such a good time  :thumbup1: 


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Re: Great Yarmouth 27-3-11
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 06:17:59 PM »
Thanks, mate. It's a great, traditional amusement park.

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011, 10:09:32 PM »
Chris a stunning report mate, I loved everything about it...

Quality pictures and captivating mate... :thumbup1:

Well done Sir.. :tongue_smilie:

The painting..was it the eyes..?

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Re: Great Yarmouth 27-3-11
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2011, 10:30:33 PM »
If only the artist had used his eyes  :w00t:


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Re: Great Yarmouth 27-3-11
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2011, 11:35:19 PM »
Chris a stunning report mate, I loved everything about it...

Quality pictures and captivating mate... :thumbup1:
Well done Sir.. :tongue_smilie:

The painting..was it the eyes..?

Thanks, Peter. Yes, the eyes off all the faces were forgotten!

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Re: Great Yarmouth 27-3-11
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2011, 01:12:50 AM »
Good report, I've never been but I rather fancy a visit now, looks charming.

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Re: Great Yarmouth 27-3-11
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2011, 10:21:58 PM »
Nice report Chris, I have always enjoyed your Great Yarmouth reports. I love the coulors in your photos and how vibrant they are, they worked out great. you have a great zoom on your camera as your close up shots worked out very well.
Have you seen there new website?
http://www.pleasure-beach.co.uk/index.php

I think it looks great and I like the retro feel at the bottom of the page with the rollercoasters design on it.


Cheers for sharing your pictures!

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Re: Great Yarmouth 27-3-11
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2011, 03:16:49 PM »
Thanks, Alex. I love taking pictures of the Pleasure Beach at Yarmouth :cool:  My camera does indeed have a superb view. I believe it is a 12 x Optical...

Chris.