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Winter Gardens restoration moves a step closer

Restoration of Great Yarmouth's Winter Gardens has moved a step closer after the plans were shortlisted for National Lottery money.

Great Yarmouth's Borough Council is hoping to get £9.9 million to save and restore the Grade II* listed landmark.

Winter Gardens restoration moves a step closer Credit: ITV Anglia

The Winter Gardens is one of just 12 projects shortlisted by The National Lottery Heritage Fund from 146 applications.

The Winter Gardens has dominated the Golden Mile since 1904 and is the UK's last surviving Victorian seaside cast iron and glass winter gardens.

As the next stage of the process, the 12 projects have until November 2020 to apply for development funding.

Decisions will be made in early 2021, with around half the shortlisted projects expected to be awarded funding to develop their proposals further.

Winter Gardens restoration moves a step closer Credit: ITV Anglia

The overall ambition is to repair and revive the Winter Gardens as a year-round visitor attraction.

"This hugely exciting news reflects the national importance of the Winter Gardens as well as significant and ongoing work to realise the dream of bringing the unique Winter Gardens back into viable and suitable use as a year-round attraction. The Winter Gardens is a nationally-important at-risk heritage gem, requiring significant national funding. We are so pleased that the National Lottery Heritage Fund is excited with our project and that we are working with a preferred operator. The ambition is to save, restore and reimagine the Winter Gardens at the heart of Great Yarmouth's regeneration and daily life."

– Cllr Carl Smith and Cllr Trevor Wainwright