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Norwich street turned into sea of yellow and green

Timberhill traders turn the street green and yellow to celebrate Norwich City's return to the premiership.
Photo by Simon Finlay

Timberhill traders turn the street green and yellow to celebrate Norwich City's return to the premiership. Photo by Simon Finlay

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Traders along one of Norwich’s most historic shopping streets have turned it into a sea of yellow and green - in a bid to promote footfall and to celebrate the Canaries’ return to the Premier League.

Timberhill is known for its independent shops and pubs and comes alive on Norwich City match days.

And to celebrate the club’s first game of the new season away at Wigan Athletic on Saturday, traders have got out the balloons to decorate the street and parts of adjacent Orford Street and Orford Place.

The idea came from Phil Cutter, landlord at the Murderers’ pub, who said: “Thirty-four traders are taking part in this, which is a pretty good turnout.

“It’s part of an ongoing initiative to try and promote footfall along Timberhill, and to celebrate Norwich City’s return to the Premier League, Hopefully, it will draw some attention to the beautiful and historic Timberhill.

“Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League will put the city on the map and give thousands of people more reason to come here and see what we can offer. The last time the club was in the top division we saw an upturn in trade, and we’re hoping for the same again.”

Roberta Pumer, owner of the Ethika fashion shop in the street, said the event was important as it had brought the whole community together.

She said: “What’s unique about Timberhill is the very diverse range of independent shops it offers. We help to give Norwich its special character.”

Other businesses along the street said they were delighted to take part in the initiative.

Anne Cunningham, sales assistant at Nola clothes shop, said: “We are happy to take part in this, as it’s part of building up community spirit.”

Jenny Forder, a member of staff at the Castle Gates pub, added that there was always a “brilliant atmosphere” in the street on match days.

And Sue Mann, manager at sporting shop Orvis, said: “Hopefully it will bring people up here. It’s nice that nearly all the street has got involved in it.”

14 comments

  • Oh I say Sid that's a bit strong, personally I thing the boring Gits are the fools that actually go and pay to watch.

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    Bloater

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • Peter trillions and trillions of people enjoy football it must have something going for it. What recreation do you enjoy?

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Friday, August 12, 2011

  • Like Peter Trett I must say that I do not get the point of Premier League football, I do not get excited about football even though I like reading in the Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press about the likes of Dereham, Wroxham and King's Lynn. I also get swept along in the excitement of hanging green and yellow balloons in Timberhill well done to the businesses that took part and I truly hope business was up because of it.

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    George Ezekial

    Friday, August 12, 2011

  • When was the last time you saw any football related violence in the city centre Billy? Its a sad state of affairs when you don't want to underline what this beautiful city has to offer, and celebrate what we have! What else have we got to shout about this week? God knows we don't have much to celebrate at the moment do we?

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    Philip

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • Yes Billy, of course they will.

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    Davo

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • Why anyone gets so excited about paying to see 22 overpaid egotistical men kicking a bag of wind about on a field, just beats me.

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    Bloater

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • Its brilliant to see city centre traders taking pride in their city and trying new ways to drum up business. And good on them for using football as the link. I'm sure it'll bring smiles to the faces of most people who visit this part of the city - except people like Peter who needs to lighten up a bit and try to enjoy himself a bit more!

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    richard1

    Friday, August 12, 2011

  • Wait untill the away fans see it, they will smash the shops all up...

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    billythebookie

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • And that's your opinion. Well done.

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    Davo

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • Good to see, proud of Norwich and proud to be a Yellow (albeit exiled). Looking forward to a pint in The Murderers next year....

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    Simon

    Saturday, August 13, 2011

  • Up the 'naries!

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Friday, August 12, 2011

  • If I had a pound for every time I've seen that really tedious 22 menbag of wind comment,I could by the whole football club! It's great to see some shopkeepers showing such pride in this team.It may be only a game,but it generates a hell of a lot of money for this fine city.

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    Nexus_6

    Friday, August 12, 2011

  • Maybe because Some of us like Football unlike you Mt Trett...and this story is about Shopping on Timberhill rather than Football....Maybe you should stick to being a Boring Git....

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    CanarySid

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • The 22 menball of wind cliche is getting a little old hat isn't it?. A more relevant comment might have been how a certain optical equipment shop (I have stopped short of calling it an opticians) declined to join in the spirit of the event, but instead felt itself content in gaining fresh custom upon the backs of those who did make the effort to attract same business. Parasitic is a term that springs to mind.

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    Dennis Kemp

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

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