Family and friends crowdfund for Great Yarmouth businesses destroyed by fire

By Alice McCool

Photo: BBC

In the early hours of this morning, almost thirty fire crews were called to put out a huge fire at the Regent Superbowl and indoor market in Great Yarmouth. This is a devastating day for this seaside town and the business owners affected by the blaze. Members of the community are already setting up crowdfunding pages in solidarity with those who have lost so much. Watch this page for live updates.

  1. Sammi Hallam is crowdfunding for the people who have lost their businesses and livelihoods in the indoor market. Sammi’s partner Charlie’s parents Sandra and Ian were the proud owners of Legends and Memories, a shop in the indoor market selling authentic autographs and signed sports memorabilia. As Sammi told us this morning;
“The traders at the indoor market are like a family. Everybody knows each other…they were all always so kind to my daughter when we went there, and would give her treats”

Legends and Memories shop (left); and Sammi, Charlie and their daughter (right)

2. Paul Reid is crowdfunding to help Wallis’s Wonder’s, a magic shop destroyed by the fire owned by Mike Wallis. Paul describes how Mike “has built his dream” through the shop, which stocked supplies for beginner and professional magicians. With his crowdfunding page, Paul hopes to ease the strain on Mike who has lost all his stock and personal investment in this magical shop which has brought so much joy to the local community.

“Mike especially sourced unusual and difficult to obtain props from makers no longer producing/manufacturing. Alongside beautiful puppets and juggling equipment…He has put everything into making Wallis’s Wonder’s the wonderful store that it was and over the past 14 months expanded and increased in size and customer base.”

2. Stu Harker set up a page for “the beloved Regent Street” in order to help raise funds to rebuild the town.

“The rebuild cost will no doubt be massive but as they say, every little helps.”

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