Southend Timeline

Bringing Your Memories Back to Life


Freezing January - The country this year was hit with a 2ft blanket of snow in January, thought to be one of the coldest winters in 40 years with the temperatue in Southend dipping to -12c.  Roads remained blocked across the town as gritting became pointless with the salt freezing as soon as it hit the ground.

The Shrimpers defeat Div 1 Derby County with Peter Shilton in goal, 1-0 in the League Cup at Roots Hall, September 1987

Southend United won promotion to the third division after 3 years teetering on extinction

Operation Sparkle - The stations on the London, Tilbury and Southend Line underwent a major transformation, each one from Benfleet to Shoeburyness benefited from a facelift.

An Oberon calss boatOpportune Visit - Southend has enjoyed the visit of many a vessel to the end of the pier.  Between 12-18th of August, HMS Opportune made her entrance, a submarine commanded by Nigel Hibbert.


The Hamsters Perform - Southend based RnB group performed their first gig at the Cliffs Pavilion on 1st April 1987.  A band happy with their lot performing in local pubs and clubs, with little intent on going professional.  However, it was inevitable they would as they had such a remarkable following, their accolades include being known as one of the hardest working bands in the business, having toured the UK, Europe and the US.  They are still going very strong and have recently been featured on Radio 2.  They have released 9 albums.




The Storms Hit Southend -  October 1987 will be remembered around the country for the great storms; Southend suffered and the town took a battering .  Boats were hurled out of the water to end up splintered on the seafront or even on the road, beach huts were smashed to matchwood.  Cafes and amusement arcades lost their windows, a 16 pot chimney crashed through the roof of the Railway Hotel, the intensive care unit at Southend Hospital was put out of action when all the windows were smashed and for a time it was necessary to close the operating theatre.  This image shows the impact around the town centre particularly in Warrior Square.  The two below cover the impact on Westcliff

Image provided by jus-me from the Flickr set: Old Southend

Both images above and below from Beechwood Photography.  Click on images to go to the Flickr collection

General Election


Southend West                              Majority 8,400

  • Paul Channon Con 28,003
  • C Grant All Lib 19,603
  • A Smith Labour 3,899


Southend East                                             Majority 13,847

  • Teddy Taylor Con 23,753
  • H Berkeley SDP 9,906
  • David Scully Labour 7,296

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