Southend Timeline

Bringing Your Memories Back to Life


The War is Over -  now the hostilities had ended the town went back to its much preferred purpose as a top quality holiday location, it was not surprising therefore colourful posters started appearing on the railway stations around London attracting a public starved of of a good seaside break. 


APRIL Sickness In Southend - Post war the main issues around health in the town were as follows, these figures represent a report from 29th April:


 Scarlet Fever 27
 Measles 69
 Whooping Cough 33
 Pneumonia 21
 Jaundice 69
 Dysentry 4
 Erysipelas 4


 Smallpox 1
 Typhoid 1


APRIL Jolly Hockey Sticks - Chalkwell Park became the focus of a Women's Hockey Festival in April.

Jazzman is Born - On 25th April 1946 Digby Fairweather, the world renouned Jazz musician was born in Rochford. Digby became a fulltime jazzman in 1977 after twelve years as a qualified librarian in Southend-on-Sea. From 1973 he worked his way up as a part-timer through established bands including Hugh Rainey, Eggy Ley, Eric Silk, Keith Nichols, Ron Russell and Lennie Hastings and deputized regularly for Alex Welsh, recording his first album with Welsh's band in l974.

Telephones Increase - Post war telephone usage had never been so good with the number of lines increasing across the town to 28,726.


MAY Essex Regiment Given Freedom of the Town -The Freedom of the Town was extended to The Third East Anglian Regiment 16th/44th Foot.  The regiment accepted and on 25th May 1946 they marched through the borough with baynets fixed, drums beating and colours flying. 

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Chalkwell Minstrel Stage Returns - In efforts to return Southend back to a major seaside centre and shake off the war effort.  The Minstrel Stage on Chalkwell Beach, removed in 1940, was rebuilt in 1946.  The stage was a twin to the one on Marine Parade also called the Minstrel Stage, later to be renamed the Open Air Children's Theatre.  These stages would provide music and entertainment for hoards of visitors and ensured the seafront offer was spread along the full stretch of the shoreline and not contained in one area.

The Southend and District Baptist Union - was formed in 1946, its inaugural celebrations being held on 9 October It was voluntary union with no jurisdiction over individual constituent churches. In 1982 its catchment area was widened and with a new constitution it was reformed as the South-East Essex Baptist Fellowship with its first open meeting under this title held on 29 Oct.

Newish Buses for the Town - A fleet of four buses were acquired from North Leeds to build up the current fleet at a cost of £350 each; this step was proposed to cope with the influx of trippers wanting to get life back to normal after the war.

Going to the Races - Post war greyhound racing was on the up and The Stadium was providing regular fixtures; the Tote this year brought in a staggering £1,200,000. 

DECEMBER Panto Time - The Palace Theatre this year hosted the town's main pantomime, Cinderella, for a period of three weeks, commencing 23rd December.


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