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Great Yarmouth open for business after blaze

Regent RoadGreat Yarmouth’s holiday and tourism industry united today to send a message to holidaymakers and visitors planning to head to the resort: We’re open as normal.

Businesses and attractions along the Golden Mile and across the town centre are all working as usual today after a major fire in the early hours destroyed a bowling centre and indoor market on Regent Road.

Visitors planning to head to the resort were reassured their visits and enjoyment across the resort would not be affected by the blaze at Regent Superbowl and the indoor market underneath.

Gareth Brown, chairman of the Great Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, BID), which works to bring more visitors and spending power to the borough, said: “Great Yarmouth is very much open for business as usual today and no one need be concerned that anything else is closed or that it is difficult to travel around the resort.

“We are all feeling huge sympathy for the businesses affected by the fire. We understand plans are under way to help them find them temporary premises to trade in as soon as possible.

“But we wish to reassure our visitors that, now the fire has been extinguished, only a small section of the pedestrianised Regent Road remains cordoned off.

“The rest of Great Yarmouth is open and ready to welcome our guests.”

More than 100 firefighters and 22 fire engineers attended the fire which broke out at around 3am today and was put out at around 9am.