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Great Yarmouth's historic waterways re-open after £2.7m restoration

Volunteers have so far contributed 2,000 hours to the restoration project Credit: Great Yarmouth Brough Council

This archive film advertising holidays in Great Yarmouth in 1933 focuses on the charms of the Venetian Waterways.

Great Yarmouth's historic Venetian Waterways have re-opened after a year of major restoration works.

The Borough Council have joined forces with Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust for a £2.7 million restoration of the seafront park.

First opened in 1928, the tourist attraction was commissioned by the council as an employment relief programme after the First World War.

It was hugely popular with generations of holidaymakers until it declined in the late 20th century.

Historic features were lost and the Boating Lake was drained in 2014.

The Venetian Waterways were a major tourist attraction in Great Yarmouth's heyday Credit: Submitted picture

The Waterways has regained its magical sparkle thanks to everyone involved and it will improve further still as the restoration continues, the plants mature and the Boating Lake and Island Café come alive again with visitors.

– Councillor Graham Plant, Chairman of economic development committee
A family out boating after the reopening of the attraction Credit: ITV Anglia
An old postcard fronted with a picture of the waterways Credit: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Major conservation works have included the repair of seven bridges, re-thatching of four historic structures and the planting of almost 20,000 perennials, shrubs and trees.

The concrete-lined Boating Lake basin has also been repaired and re-filled.