Looking back to September 2006, torrential rain flooded most of Northgate Street in Great Yarmouth. Anglian Water promised to do something about it. Left, Shaun Kennett whose shop was waterlogged that September. He's not sure if the new improvements will mean lower insurance premiums. It hadn't changed last year when he renewedit. Centre, Andrew Mackintosh from Anglian Water by the opened mouth of the new sewer. It's some sixty foot deep as demonstrated when I held the mike over the top to get the echo! The enclosure is in the car park of St.Andrews Infant School. The pipe is the breather stack and the green cabin the control centre. Everyhting here has been automated and can be controlled remotely.
On a murky Tuesday morning and at the inner harbour in Great Yarmouth, a team of men erected this flood barrier seen best in the pic on the left which includes Nick Hesp of the Environment Agency. It was a test of this portable kit that can travel to trouble and stem the flood. For this simulation we had to imagine that a ship had breached the sea wall but there are many applications. Centre pick shows how it's dismantled (notice how the sea mist had come in) Giles Bloomfield also from the EA explained the technical details of the barrier which is packed into metal crates and loaded onto a truck with a fork lift ready for action almost anywhere.
What a Wednesday morning. The weather's turned cold as predicted and the sleety rain managed to keep everyone away from the Car Boot Sale at Arminghall, my first job. I was there to browse round the stalls but look in the background! Not a soul in sight just the joint organiser Andy Faber (left) David Collinson and Jane Bull from Trading Standards. They're hoping that people like Andy will sign up to the Market Fair scheme to make sure that we're not ripped off as customers to these popular sales.
Customers were queueing on Monday for the reopening of Spixworth Post Office. Now at Spixworth News near to its former location, owners Raj and Narinder Singh have invested a lot of money to keep this facility in the village and those I spoke to very much appreciate having a post office on their doorstep.
Thursday and I'm at Trafford Park, home of Wroxham FC with Treasurer Kenny Cook (left). So long as there's not too much rain before Saturday's game against Whitehawk from Sussex, our local boys might win this semi-final of the FA Vase. Next stop Wembley!!
Meanwhile, in Bradwell, Stephen Amer (right) has RSI. Yes, repetetive strain injury put down to clicking his fingers in time with the barbershop singers , the Testosta Tones! The solution (in his hand) a childs maracka?
Good Friday and first to Bunwell. Matt Duerden took over the local butchers shop on leaving school last year. He'd been the Saturday boy till then but with his parents backing he stepped in to keep the shop open. One year on and there are award certificates on the wall, a chilled cabinet full of different meats and a local business surviving even the hardest economic times. Matt's done very well and even passed his driving test. Centre picture is Carl Tubby the baker from "Fruit Cakes" bakery at Swardeston. He's the fourth generation of bakers in the family and , yes, he's got a son just leaving school. The hot cross buns were flying off the shelf and I suspect Carl baked a few more before clocking off. He starts even earlier than me - at 2am!
At the UEA this weekend, a big Easter Gala at the swimming pool. Pictured left to right are Mark Garner, head of funding for the City of Norwich swimming club, his son Miles Garner just back from the British championships. From Dubai, team coach Ashley Morris and far right swimmer Michael Farid from Dubai.