Opening of the Marina Center with the Yarmouth Pride Parade

Published:
3:35 p.m. September 3, 2022



Updated:
4:14 PM September 3, 2022

Yarmouth was buzzing with excitement as Pride weekend was combined with the grand opening of the town’s new £26million leisure centre.

Eleven-time Paralympic gold medalist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson was the star who pulled the cord to officially open the new Marina Centre.

The former wheelchair racer said: “This type of investment just doesn’t happen anywhere else in the country, which really shows how Yarmouth sees the future.

“Sport is about having fun and in addition to the mental and physical benefits, it will inspire people in the community to come and use this fabulous and immaculate facility, giving them the best chance to fulfill their potential.

“It’s so exciting and amazing for the community.”


The moment 11-time Paralympic gold medalist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson pulled the chord to reveal the plaque at the Marina Center’s official opening
– Credit: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Yarmouth Mayor Graham Plant added: “We built this facility for the community. We are a very deprived area and we want people here to have access to a world class facility, it is something people deserve.

“We hope the facility will be positive for people to increase their physical and mental well-being.”

Yarmouth-born drag queen Bimini Bon Boulash, who starred on RuPaul’s Drag Race, was center stage in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Pride parade, carrying a torch to the Marina Center for the grand opening.


Great Yarmouth-born drag queen, Bimini Bon Boulash,

Great Yarmouth-born drag queen Bimini Bon Boulash outside the new Marina Center leisure center
– Credit: Bruno Brown

They said: “I think it’s amazing to see such a great turnout here in Yarmouth.

“It’s really important to see that small towns embrace and celebrate pride because it shows that people are becoming more tolerant.

“Coming here to the Marina Center you can see the improvements in Yarmouth, the town is buzzing and the atmosphere is really nice, things seem to be up.”


Line of people following Bimini during the Pride Parade through Yarmouth, celebrating Pride.

The queue of people following Bimini during the Pride Parade through Yarmouth, celebrating Pride
– Credit: Bruno Brown

Bimini arrived at the Leisure Center as part of the Pride march through the city, stopping at the Marina Center to present Ednilson Dos Reis, 17, a student at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, with the torch he had designed.


Bimini led the Pride Parade through Yarmouth

Bimini led the Pride Parade through Yarmouth and was pushed by fellow marchers in a pink snail
– Credit: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Mr Dos Reis won a design competition at the university and his principal at East Norfolk College, Catherine Richards, said: “I am really proud of Ednilson, his design was excellent and we are delighted that the organizers of the Marina Center have included us in their opening. ceremony.


Ednilson Dos Reis

Catherine Richards (left), principal of East Norfolk College, with Ednilson Dos Reis (centre), winner of the competition and torch designer, and Fred Dos Reis, Ednilson’s brother (right)
– Credit: Bruno Brown

“It’s nice to see former student Bimini showcasing current student Ednilson with his design, it shows how talented and ambitious our students are.”


Mr. Dos Reis introducing Baroness Grey-Thompson

Mr. Dos Reis presenting Baroness Grey-Thompson with the torch he designed and created
– Credit: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

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