Another bit on Southend's history that I learnt about the other day, was that our pier (the longest one in the world) not only had a bowling alley, a pavilion and a pub at one point in time upon it, but It's actually been destroyed on 5 separate occasions. 4 fires and a collision with a tanker.
Although I have a keen interest in Southend's history, I do often find it mocks me, for I can only visualize images in my head from the wonderful tales told to me by family and older mates about what used to go on in this lovely town. And when I see it in my mind, it all looks so good..The Kursaal, the gigs, the cinemas. In all honesty, there's not much about Southend at this precise moment that I feel competes with its history. Maybe I’m wrong, but I very much doubt it. What d'ya reckon?
For all of today's young people, here are a few facts about Southend you may or may not have known.
We had an Astoria!
The Beatles played here!
Feelgood started off in good old Canvey Island!
(Not quite Southend, but near enough!)
We had a pukka bandstand!
We had the shop Nasty (was right opposite the railway!)
And what have we got to offer the next generation of Southenders?..
5 Tesco’s stores
1 very crap Odeon
A bunch of takeaway restaurants
Random useless poles on the Seafront
Way too many pound stores!
There's no comparison really, is there?
The only thing that puts a real smile on my face and makes me proud to be a Southender (almost put Southbender then..), is knowing we have the biggest fuck off pier in the whole world. Bigger than Brighton, Blackpool (central pier) and Clevodon! Who'd have thought shitty, chavvy Southend would be number 1 on the pier list.
And with that I think it's time to unveil the point to this schnizzle dribble...
This summer, we are putting together what we hope to be in the future, The Southend Pier Festival. With 2 stages and possibly a bar selling booze and food, it'll be a wicked afternoon of live music and a day to get a seaside tan!
Bring your cameras and your beach bags cos we're goin to the Pier! Aug 13th!