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Mystery of godly eyes staring over golden sands
Sea god Neptune stares out to the waves at a Norfolk beach in a piece of artwork that is mystifying locals.
The bearded face, another figure and a fish, are carved into a wooden post at a sea defence groyne on Gorleston beach just south of Great Yarmouth.
But no-one knows whether the creations are the work of a modern day “Banksy of the Breakwaters”, or date back to when the defences were built more than 40 years ago.
They are carved with artistic skill and would have taken some time to create, but their exact origin remains shrouded in doubt.
Finding the art is part of the fun of beachcombing and exploring the sands which are at their lushest for years – and this summer have played host to two national sporting events, a schools sailing regatta and round of the UK Beach Volleyball tour.
Both events are supported by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement District, which is using a £2.4m pot from levy payers to stage events, and increase marketing in a drive to attract more visitors to the area, and boost the local economy.
BID board member Kevin Huggins said: “Gorleston is on the up, and the best beach we have ever had is helping.
“The shops are buoyant and facilities are attracting the right kind of people who are saying the right things about us.
“The breakwater carvings are a mystery to me too – but are another reason to come and explore,” he added.
Our Broads Villages Guide
Packed full of useful information - where you can hire a day boat, moor up or go fishing plus details about riverside pubs and cycle hire to make your Broads outing perfect.
Shops on Regent Road
Smugglers Cove, Great Yarmouth, sells a range of holiday items including beach goods, confectionery, souvenirs, gifts and novelties.
Gray's House of Candy
Gray's House of Candy, Great Yarmouth, on the bustling pedestrianised Regent Road sells a wide range of sweet treats and confectionery gifts.
Shoes Galore, Great Yarmouth, sells a good range of footwear in many styles and sizes. From sandals to snug boots, cosy slippers to pumps, you'll find them all at very reasonable prices at Shoes Galore.
RAW Menswear, Great Yarmouth, sells a great range of contemporary men's fashions at great prices including t-shirts, baseball caps, jumpers and jackets, belts and footwear.
Sweet Dreams, Great Yarmouth, is a sweet lover's heaven. Take a nostalgic step back into this olde worlde styled sweet shop and you'll be spoilt for choice with the wide range of sweet treats and gifts available.
Fashion Choice, Great Yarmouth, sells a good range of mens, ladies and childrens wear at very reasonable prices, including many popular themed items.
Regent Photographics, Great Yarmouth, specialise in the sale of popular brands of photographic equipment and accessories including cameras, binoculars, telescopes, holdalls, film and batteries. Great for amateurs or professionals.
Martyn's, Great Yarmouth, is a long established shop selling a great range of gifts and novelty items. Popular with locals and visitors alike, Martyn's stock ornaments, jewellery, hair accessories, fancy dress items and fabulous gifts.
Cottage Jewels, Great Yarmouth, specialises in hand crafted bespoke jewellery and sells a range of other craft gifts.
When It's Gone............... It's Gone
When It's Gone............... It's Gone, located at the town centre end of pedestrianised Regent Road. Fashions for all the family at great prices.
Good Times, Great Yarmouth, is a popular shop with visitors to Great Yarmouth, selling a range of music and dvd's including traditional and Irish musical favourites and comedy recordings.
The Chinese Shop
The Chinese Shop, Great Yarmouth, is a unique store selling a variety of high quality arts, crafts, fancy goods, gifts and garments sourced from Hong Kong and China. An oriental treasure trove in the heart of the town.
Vogue, Great Yarmouth, sells the widest range of items imagineable at its Regent Road store, including gifts and collectibles, beach goods, clothing and garden items.
Western World & Klobber
Western World & Klobber, Great Yarmouth, combines country style with practical items, specialising in items such as belts, buckles and t-shirts. A popular choice with locals and visitors.
Fashion Wheel, Great Yarmouth, is located on Regent Road, the main shopping street leading down to the seafront. Fashion Wheel sells a wide range of ladies fashions to suit a variety of shapes and sizes.
Dead Good, Great Yarmouth, specialise in the sale of alternative clothing and official band and other popular themed merchandise. From hoodies and t-shirts to belts and bags for ladies, men and children, Dead Good is the place to go.
Ladies & Mens Factory
Ladies & Mens Factory, Great Yarmouth, sells a range of ladies, mens and boys clothing. Specialising in larger sizes at very reasonable prices.
Docwras Rock Factory & Shop
Docwras Rock Factory & Shop, Great Yarmouth, has a long history in the town going back over a century. Come and watch seaside rock being made and see the fabulous range of rock and confectionery on display in the shop. Sweet heaven!
Poundland, Great Yarmouth, is an excellent place to buy useful personal, household and office items at great prices.
Potters Rock Factory
Potters Rock Factory, Great Yarmouth, sells an impressive variety of sweet items including seaside rock, pick and mix confectionery and soft drinks. Perfect for gifts or as a personal treat.
Norfolk Leather Centre
Norfolk Leather Centre, Great Yarmouth, sells a great range of leather garments and products including motorcycling wear, jackets, belts and bags. Repairs and alterations to leather garments are also undertaken here.
Cash Generator, Great Yarmouth, buy and sell selected pre-owned items at reasonable prices.
M Print, Great Yarmouth, is a well established family business with over 25 years experience in printing services, specialising in personalised stationery, t-shirts and gifts.
Once It's Gone ...... It's Gone
Once It's Gone ...... It's Gone, Great Yarmouth, sells a range of ladies fashions at great prices.