Southend Timeline

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Coronation Celebrations - The Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on May 12th, 1937 was celebrated in Southend at the relatively new venue of the Southend Stadium just off Sutton Road.

Argyll Flats Built - Along Western Esplandae sits this large white art-deco styled block of flats.  They were iconic then and still now and form the character of Westcliff seafront.

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Dick Clement Born in Westcliff - Dick Clement, OBE (born 5 September 1937) is an English writer. Born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Clement is, in partnership with Ian La Frenais, one of the most successful television writers in BritianGenerally, Clement and La Frenais write comedies, or dramas with a comic tone. Their fame rests primarily on four series, The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge and Auf Wiedershen Pet.

Steamers Collide -  The Royal Archer and the Glennifer collided off Shoeburyness.  The weather was dreadful with a heavy fog in place; the lifeboat J B Proudfoot was launched and successfully managed, once the vessels were found, to rescue some grateful 49 Glennifer passengers.

Fire Hits Floral Hall - The Floral Hall on Western Esplanade has been hit by a disastrous fire in August the height of the summer season.  This live entertainment venue provided many a visitor an extra bit of fun to their day trip to Southend, or a refuge during inclement weather.  Prior to the Floral Hall many will remember the open 'Happy Valley' stage.

Empire Palace Cinema Closed - Due to the intense competition in the borough the Empire PalaOvertonsce Cinema flickered through its final movie on 9th December 1937.  The cinema sat to the rear of the Grand Hotel alongside Overtons Car Dealers.  The building was used for mainly retail purposes afterwards, but finally succumbed to the demolishers in January 2009.

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This Year's Carnival Queen -

Queen Evelyn, 1937

Miss Evelyn Vaughan, Leigh-on-Sea



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