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MAY Airshow Wash Out - The Red Arrows turned out, the falcons dropped from the sky but so did the rain, to provide the wettest air show on record.



NOVEMBER University Opens - Higher education arrived in Southend in style with the formal opening in 2007 of University of Essex Southend building.    

The Campus offers modern, state-of-the-art teaching and business environments in a busy town centre location. Three academic departments run courses from the site as well as a popular Business Hub.  Find out more here: Click

DECEMBER Jegs Wiped out in Massive Fire - Progress Road saw one of it's largest businesses destroyed by fire just after Christmas.  Jegs electrical wholesalers a popular employer was completely destroyed. The site since has been rebuilt and was opened again in 2009.



DECEMBER Southend Boy Wins Strictly - Matthew Cutler who has lived in Southend since the age of 4, stormed BBC 1's Strictly Come Dancing with celebrity dancer Alesha Dixon, helping her win the competition.  Matthew has been part of the programme since 2005, and has had a sparkling career in dance since he started in a church hall in Southend at the age of 8. Website: Click

DECEMBER Panto Time - The Cliffs Pavilion, annual panto would star TV favourite Joe Pasquale who will lead the cast as Buttons in Cinderella.


Southend Gets Rage - Adventure Island opened in 2007 it's latest Andy Akinwolere – ready to ride the Rageattraction, Rage.  This stunning roller coaster dominates the Southend Seafront skyline and provides coater lovers an amazing thrill.  In 2009 it was considered in a test shown on the BBC's Blue Peter to be one of the top coasters in the UK.







NOVEMBER Metal - 2007 saw planning permission approved for Metal Culture. To create a carbon neutral artist's working/living space within the Grade II listed building, Chalkwell Hall.  Set in an ideal location in the centre of Chalkwell Park it is hoped the plans will provide an inspirational, comfortable, ‘domestic’ space for artists and the community to find common ground in ideas and aspirations for art and culture in civic life.  Find out more about Metal Culture here: Click


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