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Social Housing Programme - Sites across the town were reaching completion with the Earl's Hall development of 77 flats with the first flat planned to be handed over in October 1965.  The East Street-Sutton Road development handed over August 1965.  Prittlewell Street was seeing some four blocks going up finishing Feb-May 66.

Inflatable inshore lifeboats were sent to Southend in 1965


The Rolling Stones in Town -   During their sixth British tour, the Rolling Stones made two performances in Southend in March 1965.

Dominic Arrives - Local celebrity Dominic Littlewood is born on on 29th March 1965.  Well known for fronting TV shows such as 'Faking It' and taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.. He ius also well travelled as a location reporter for the Holiday programme.

The Shorehouse opens on Ness Road, Sir Steven McAdden pulls the first pint.

9th - The Cliffs Pavilion Restaurant opens.


28th - The first stage of the new Lifstan Boys Club in Lifstan Way is built.


Southend Constabulary celebrate its Golden Jubilee.

25th - Southend's youngest ever Mayor at the age of 32, Kenneth Mackinnon, takes office; also being the first Liberal Mayor, and the first to have the Mayor's Banquet held at the Cliffs Pavilion.

May-July - King's Hall off Hamlet Court Road is demolished to make way for the new Ceylon Road Car Park, which opened in the July.   

Coliseum Closes in Leigh - Another casCinema-Bingo-Flats by you.ualty of the Silver Screen came about on 22nd May 1965, when the Coliseum Cinema in Elm Road, Leigh closed as a Picture House.  Business was not in this direction and more money could be made from Bingo, so it converted until the 1980's.  the building became a nightclub in 1999, for a very short period then reverted to retail.







Pier Celebrates - Never far away from the town's attention the Pier grabbed the headlines; celebrating 75 years of the Pier Railway.  The Mayor did the honours and unveiled a suitable plaque to mark the occasion. 

The Westward Ho! Hotel on Westcliff Parade is severely damaged by fire. It was a failing building at this time and up for auction.  The corporation at the time were considering it for requisition but the fire changed this proposal which eventually led to it being finally demolished. 





Williams Becomes Blues Manager - Alvan Williams after a spell at Hartlepool took over the reigns at Southend United in June 1965.  He was well known for having an explosive temper and foul mouth.  In the summer of 1965 he invited the public for the first time to attend a 'Blue's Open Day' at Roots Hall, a tradition that has stayed to current times.  Unfortunately he presided over the clubs first ever relegation to the 4th Division, in the 1965-66 campaign.

A topping out ceremony was marked at the new luxurious block of flats The Tower Court on Westcliff Parade, on the cliffs.

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Southend's Cinemas were showing the latest blockbuster Dr Who and the Daleks starring Peter Cushing and Roy Castle in glorious Technicolor Techniscope.

26th - For three nights only the Odeon played host to the latest pop sensation Cliff Richard and the Shadows. 


15th - BBC's Songs of Praise was filmed from Crowstone Congregational Church in  Westcliff.

New Queen for Southend - The Carnival Court for 1965 took there place in the annual August Torchlight parade.  place of honour was reserved for Queen Jane from Westcliff.

New Library for Thorpedene - Thorpedene library was opened in August 1965 and is located near the junction of Station Road and Maplin Way. It replaced the old Shoebury Branch library previously in Ness Road.

Prittlewell Dig - An archealogoical dig started in 1965 on the site of the Prittlewell Priory in Priory Park, this project would last for about three years and would lead to some interesting historical data needed to establish the origins of the area.  It is worth noting these digs were part of the Prittlewell Priory Improvement project approved as far back as 1938.  The dig unearthed pottery which dated settlements going back as far as the Romans.

The first self-service petrol station in the town opened at Enterprise Motors, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea.

Panto Time - The Palace Theatre in Westcliff was once again host to the town's pantomime.  Aladdin, in 1965 on 27th Dec the doors opened to an eager audience.  The bill for this annual festive fun included Clarkson Rose, Alexander Bridge and recording star Russ Sainty who played Wishee Washee.



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