The strong winds of Storm Katie that battered the south coast blew a yacht from its moorings and smashed it against the sea wall at Southend-on-Sea, Essex. The yacht – named Limbo Lady – was holed in a number of places. It was secured to points on the wall overnight before being lifted and recovered onto a trailer later in the day.
After a recent house fire a humorous seaside postcard or ‘Banksy’ style painting has appeared on a blanked out window. The derelict building in Southchurch Avenue already sported a number of paintings by local artist John Bulley, but the recent addition was added after the upper storey was gutted by fire on the 3 March 2016. John commented on the piece “”Kiss me quick on sea” a low rent Phoenix rising from the ashes…a celebration of Southend’s true cultural history…the working class one…the one that Southend Borough Council seems so ashamed of…… “Upmarket me arse on sea” more like…”
Milton Hall Primary School in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, have taken an unusual move to add much needed classroom space by purchasing the fuselage of Cessna 550 Citation II G-DWJM. The aircraft made the short journey by road from London Southend Airport on 5 March and has been positioned on the school’s playing field where it will be restored both internally and externally. The inside of the Citation will be converted into a teaching space for the pupils. The aircraft was first registered in 1981 (as G-BJIR) and served a number of operators before having its registration cancelled in 2014. The airframe made its final flight a few years previously and has since lost its wings. The school would welcome any help with the restoration and would be willing to add a sponsor’s name to the outside of the airframe. Contact details can be found on the school’s website http://www.miltonhallschool.com/