Two Bears leave Great Yarmouth hotel ahead of demolition

Construction manager Phil Munnings up close with one of the bears on top of the former Two Bears Hotel which is set to be demolished.
 Picture: James Bass Construction manager Phil Munnings up close with one of the bears on top of the former Two Bears Hotel which is set to be demolished. Picture: James Bass

Friday, March 14, 2014
3:14 PM

They have stood guard over Great Yarmouth for more than 100 years – but these two bears aren’t so grizzly when you get up close.

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The former Two Bears Hotel which is set to be demolished. The front of the building is now covered in scaffolding. Picture: James BassThe former Two Bears Hotel which is set to be demolished. The front of the building is now covered in scaffolding. Picture: James Bass

With scaffolding now surrounding the Two Bears Hotel on Pasteur Road, workmen are preparing to demolish the iconic building.

But not before the two stone statues, which have been fixed to the apex since 1910, are taken down.

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Up close with one of the bears on top of the former Two Bears Hotel which is set to be demolished.
 Picture: James BassUp close with one of the bears on top of the former Two Bears Hotel which is set to be demolished. Picture: James Bass

When news that the former pub and hotel was to be knocked down to make way for a modern retail store, residents were quick to ask where the bears would be going.

And when they submitted their detailed plans for the new store, developers revealed the bears would eventually be returned to their seat in the sky, in a similar position to where they sit now.

This week Yarmouth construction firm Munnings has been on site to assess the state of the statues and decide how they will be removed.

They also began taking down the golden lettering above the hotel entrance. The building was once a landmark for people arriving into Yarmouth, but has long been described as an eyesore.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council granted planning permission for it to be replaced with a purpose-built out-of-town-style retail store in December last year. Hughes Electrical later signed a deal to move out of its Market Place unit and into the 5,500sq ft shop once it was ready.

Managing director Robert Hughes, who hoped it would be complete by early 2015, said changing consumers habits have prompted the need for a fresh approach.

“Consumers want everything on one floor, they want easy access and on-site parking for click-and-collect,” Mr Hughes said.

Have you got a Great Yarmouth story? Email lauren.rogers@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • What a shock, I said when this was mooted that it wouldn't be a new store for the town but one moving out of the town centre and into this abortion of a building. Shame on Hughes, shame on everyone involved with this. If Bennets folded I'm sure Hughes isn't far behind and then we'll have two empty shops in the town.

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    Norfolkadam

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • I still don't understand why the empty Bennetts store opposite wasn't suitable for Hughes to use as it would fit the criteria eg everything on one floor and parking. I'm glad the bears will be staying

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    Mrs Meldrew

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Pure vandalism. If destroying their past is the best the good burghers of Yarmouth can come up with, then it is no wonder the place has degenerated into the dire place it now is.

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    T Doff

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • This is another planning tragedy !

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Hughes HAD an out-of-town store on South Town Road but decided to close it due to, I assume, lack of customers.

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    LLCK

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • What about the old Comet store next to Pets At Home, surely that would have been perfect?

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    2Legit2Quit

    Friday, March 14, 2014

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