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Top work! Yarmouth seaside church shows off £700,000 new roof

12th July 2022
Liz Coates, Great Yarmouth Mercury, reports


St Mary's Church in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, shows off its new roof bathed in early morning sunshine. - Credit: East Anglia Drones Ltd

Drone pictures are giving an impressive bird's eye view of a seaside church's new roof

Phase two of works at St Mary's Church, in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth to re-roof the nave got underway before Christmas and has just been completed


The new roof at St Mary's Catholic Church in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. - Credit: East Anglia Drones Ltd

Church treasurer Brian Lafferty said he was delighted with the results which made it look so much nicer and also protected the building for the future

To celebrate a drone was launched at 6.30am on Monday ,July 11, before the holiday crowds gathered in the tourism thoroughfare, to record and share what had been achieved

The work involved stripping back concrete tiles which were installed in the 1960s

Billed as the perfect material they turned out to be so heavy they were pushing the walls apart and causing leaks
The new slate tiles looked better and would last, Brian Lafferty said

The project was funded mainly by the department for  Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) recovery fund through Historic England's capital works programme via two grants

People were also invited to sponsor a tile with an inscription for posterity - an appeal supported by both Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis and Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Mr Lafferty said: "Everyone is so pleased. It does look smarter"

One casualty of the leaky roof, a painting - The Shrine of Our Lady of Arneburgh - still needed to be rescued with restoration costs estimated at upwards of £700,000

Meanwhile, momentum was building for phase three, Mr Lafferty said, which involved opening up the hall to create a more usable community space

The concrete roof tiles put on in the 1960s were so heavy they were pushing the walls apart

At present it was divided into separate rooms that could only hold small groups

The desire was to create a community hall to compensate for the loss of the Drill Hall in York Road, now home to an arts and circus hub

St Mary's Church in Great Yarmouth has a whole new roof which worshippers say looks 'beautiful'

The building is being formally handed back to the church on Friday, July 15

A series of events are planned to celebrate the restoration


Fr Alvan’s PanAfro band which will be performing in St Mary's Church in Great Yarmouth on Saturday July 16 to celebrate its new roof. - Credit: Brian Lafferty

On Saturday July 16 a Nigerian band will perform in the church from 7pm. Tickets are £10 for adults and children free

And on July 24 Bishop Alan Hopes will visit 

this article first appeared on the Great Yarmouth Mercury website and is reproduced with permission


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