Southend Timeline

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A Town's Recognition - In celebration of the new millenium on 13th July 2000, an unprecedented number of people were given Freedom of the Town, they are:




Trevor Bailey CBE, MA  - Pat Barnett - Kenneth Crowe 

Peggy Fairless  - Richard "Digby" Fairweather

Leonard Forge MBE - Steve George - Paul Gilson - Norma Heigho

Barry Godwin C.Eng.,M.I.Mech.E.,F.I.Q.,M.I.L.T., A.I.E.D

Ian Johnson - Hilda May - John May - Clifton Jay Morehouse

Richard Offord - Eileen Smith - Peter Thorn ACIB - Antony F. Tomassi

Arthur Wood - Jim Worsdale

Millenium Clock - To celebrate the Millenium, Southend erected a clock in Victoria Plaza.   

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The design was based on a winning competition drawing by Nicola Whale, a former pupil from St Michael's School in Leigh.

Southend is Twinned - Sopot in Poland became Southend's official twin town in 2000.  A seaside resort, similar in size with a pier too.




Essex Boys Released - After months of filming on the seafront and other places, the latest flick to be filmed in Southend hit the big screens.  The film is based loosely around events in December 1995 that culminated in the murders of three drug dealers in Rettendon, Essex.  Starring Sean Bean, the film takes a very hardlined gangster approach.  The geography of Southend was given some editorial licence, with the QE2 Bridge being clearly visible from the the seafront.  A mobile caravan park located around the pier was slightly wrong too.  Southend benefited through it's co-operation for the filming by being picked to host the premiere at the Odeon in Victoria Plaza.  most of the film's stars showed up including Sean Bean in July 2000.

CE Heath Axe 300 Jobs - One of the major office complexes on Victoria Avenue belonging to insurers CE Heath announced there plan to reorganise their operation which would result in the closure of the Southend office resulting in 300 people losing their jobs.  A shock to many who had worked for the company since it arrived over 25 years ago.  

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The news had an effect on the other company owned operations in the town including Sutton Road, and Wellstead Gardens Social Club.  Many staff might migrate to the new centralised operations for the company in Swindon and other group locations including central London.  The office block since vacation has remained empty, along with others in this area effected by the financial industries changing fortunes.

Palace Hotel Sold - The century old hotel was sold in 2000, and prompted fresh hopes for a new resurgence on the seafront with the hope it would return as a refurbished quality hotel.  The Burstin brothers sold the hotel to Octagon Assets.


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