‘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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RNLI Boxing Day Dip – Southend – 26 December 2015

Swimmers braved the cold waters of the Thames Estuary to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity as this traditional winter ‘dip’ returned after a break of many years. Swimmers weren’t put off by the water temperature – estimated to be around six degrees – running straight in to the sea at the Jubilee Beach location. The entry fee (paid to the RNLI) included a reviving hot drink and mince pie on leaving the water. Many swimmers sported festive fancy dress.

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Southend Christmas Lights Switch-on – 14 November 2015

A day of entertainment throughout the High Street culminated in a Heart Essex organised concert building up to the town’s Christmas lights switch-on. Stars included X Factor’s Jahmene Douglas, Hollie Barrie from The Voice, David Robbins and Martin Ramsdin (The Ugly Sisters from the local Cinderella production), local artist Jessica Alice, and Heart’s ‘Martin & Su’. ‘Elsa’ from Frozen had the crowd singing everyone’s ‘favourite’ winter song! Southend’s Mayor Andrew Moring joined in for the official switch-on, following which a snow storm covered the crowd – already wet from the rain!

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With thanks to Heart Essex radio.

Naked rollercoaster riders return to Southend – Adventure Island – 25 October 2015

In August 2010 the Guinness World Record for the number of people riding a rollercoaster naked was set at 102 in Southend. To celebrate their fifth anniversary a number returned to the Green Scream ride in the town’s Adventure Island in the early hours of Sunday morning to recreate the attempt, whilst also raising funds for charity. Although sunny, there was very little warmth in the air and the loudest scream of the day came when bare bottoms hit cold seats on the ride!

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Southend Utd celebrate Wembley win with victory parade – 25 May 2015

Southend United celebrated promotion to League One with an open top bus parade through the town and along the seafront today. The team beat Wycombe Wanderers after a penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 23 May to secure promotion. The players displayed the winning trophy, whilst fans lined the route.

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Police use CS spray to break up football violence – Southend – 21 March 2015

Police used CS spray to break up a fight between rival Southend Utd and Cambridge Utd football fans outside The Railway pub in East Street, Southend, having been called at 19:20 Saturday evening. Three men were arrested following the clash outside the pub, which is said to have involved about 15 people. A man in his 40s from Suffolk was found on the ground with serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal London Hospital. Essex Police arrested two men on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and one for criminal damage.

The following images were taken after police had secured the scene and closed the road whilst forensic evidence was collected and investigations carried out.

Images are available for rights managed editorial use from Alamy:

Stock photography by Phillip Whalley at Alamy

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