‘Storm Katie’damages yacht at Southend – 28 March 2016

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.

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Fire Prompts Comedy Artwork – 28 March 2016

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…”

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‘The Passion of Jesus’ – Trafalgar Square, London – 25 March 2016

On Easter’s Good Friday the cast of Wintershall – plus a number of animals – portrayed the ‘Passion’ and the resurrection of Jesus Christ using Trafalgar Square as a stage to a packed audience of many thousands. The Wintershall Charitable Trust was established to bring the story of the Bible to life through epic dramatic open air plays such as this, with two performances taking place at this location and further ones in Guildford on Saturday. The play includes a spectacular depiction of the crucifixion, which quite rightly carries a ‘parental guidance’ warning. Actor James Burke-Dunsmore delivers a powerful performance in the lead role, taking the audience through the familiar story of ‘miracles’ and persecution before meeting his temporary end on the cross.

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Sadly, as with many similar events, it does suffer from overly intrusive press photographers. Many need to regulate themselves better and appreciate that they are having an impact on the public’s view.

Belmond British Pullman – London Victoria – 12 March 2016

Steam locomotive ‘Tornado’, a LNER A1 Class 4-6-2, number 60163, hauled the Belmond British Pullman train from London Victoria to Guildford and return. It is seen here crossing the Thames at Battersea, and pulling back in to Victoria. ‘Tornado’ is one of a number of steam locomotives cleared to run on the UK mainline railways.

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Cessna Citation II Goes to School – 5 March 2016

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/

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