Southend Timeline

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Tuesday 1st: Booming Shells: A bait digger out on New Years Day uncoverd 32 unexploded World War Two shells, they are later detonated by the bomb disposal squad in the Ray Gut just off Southend.


Tuesday 8th: End of an Era: It was the end of an era as the replica pirate ship the Queen Anne's Revenge is demolished, the site was once home to a replica of Sir Frances Drake's Golden Hind, this brought to an end the era of a "tall ship" being based on Southend Seafront.


Sunday 20th: Snow on Sea:  Southend received it's first real snow fall of the winter as upto two inches fall across the town.


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Wednesday 23th Busy Lifeboat: Southend RNLI lifeboat station was announced as the busiest coastal lifeboat in the United Kingdom.  The volunter crews were called out 137times rescuing 132 spending some 406 hours at sea.

Thursday 31st: 4GEEing Ahead: Southend becomes one of just 27 towns and cities to gain the super fast 4G mobile phone.


 February:  Wave 2 City Deal for Southend:  Southend is made one of 20 places in England to become part of the Government’s City Deal Scheme, which enables local authorities to have more say over planning and financial issues, the scheme could push forward the £300million regeneration scheme for sites across the Borough.

Saturday 2nd: ByeBye Bridge.  An end of a 130 year old Southend landmark was watched by hundreds of people as the old railway bridge over Southend High Street was removed and replaced with a new one in under 72 hours!

ABOVE: Thunderbirds are GO...  (C) Southend Timeline


Wednseday 20th: WEMBLEY WEMBLEY THE BLUES ARE GOING TO WEMBLEY! Southend United make it through to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final to play on the hallowed turf of Wembley after drawing with Leyton Orient, Southend go though thanks to a late Ben Reeves 90th minute equaliser, giving Southend a 3-2 aggregate score.

Saturday 23rd February: Pier Wedding Bells: The first wedding to take place on Southend Pier is held in the new Cultural Centre when Ian & Emma Barnes tie the knot.


 Monday 11th March: Arctic Blast:  Southend is hit by a blast of arctic weather with temperatures falling to -6.8 in a matter of minutes, some 88tons of grit are put down on over 751miles of roads and paths. 

Saturday 16th: Class 67 Diesel 67006 is drafted in to replace the poorly Tornado steam train for a specil service to Bath & Bristol.

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Tuesday 19th: A World War Two mine is detonated off Chalkwell at 10:08am the boom reverberates around Southend.


 Friday 29th March: Pier Head Cafe re-opens as Ice Cream Parlour.


April: Construction on the remedial works on the Cliff Slip nears completion with the planting of grass and wild flowers due to commence.

Tuesday 9th April: Saxon King exhibition opens at Central Museum, with the restored glass jars on show.


Thursday 2nd May: City of Culture 2017 bid submitted to the Government.


Saturday 8th June: The World’s Longest Power Boat Race The Venture Off-Shore Cup starts with a flying start off Southend Pier. 

POWER... Fugitive, Chinzano, Grey Ghost & Biretta Due fly past Southend Pier (Southend Timeline)


Tuesday 19th June: Southend misses out on the short list to become City of Culture 2017.














Saturday 6th July: Scorching Southend!  Southend's hottest day of the year the mercury hit 30C (86F)!

Monday 15th July: Southend retains it's Purple Flag award for a safe night life it was first awarded in 2012 by the Association of Town and City Management.

Thursday 18th July:  A Royal Visit: HRH Duke of Kent visits Southend, he preforms the official opening of the NEW RNLI shore based Lifeboat house and renames the Pier's cultural centre "The Royal Pavilion"



Saturday 24th: Day of Rain & Floods: Southend had been one of the driest parts of the UK but on one day in August it became the wettest as over 5 inches of rain fell over a five hour period.  many roads became rivers and many of the arcades on the seafront along with houses were flooded out.  Luckily nobody was lost.

Thursday 28th: Foaming Frenzy: Unknown jokers tipped something into the Civic Fountain resulting in this!


ABOVE: Silly Suds (C) Southend Timeline


New beach huts at Shoebury go up for lease Leases will be sold to owners on a seven-year basis through estate agent Haart. A minimum price guide is £20,000

Monday 2nd September: We are sailing... We are sailing: 12 identical, 70-foot, stripped down racing yachts with a total crew of 270 members line up for the start of The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Monday 30th: The Forum Opens: The Forum Southend-on-Sea  a unique project bringing together a public library, a college and a university, this will be the only facility of it's type in the UK, right in the heart of Southend-on-Sea town centre.

The £27million project is a partnership between Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College.

The doors were opened to the public for the first time at 8:00am with the first through the doors receiving a limited edition commemorative bookmark.

At 7:30 that evening the inaugural lecture was conducted in the lecture hall by professor Brian Cox, who had nothing but praise for the new building saying that every City  and    

Town should follow Southend’s lead and recreate such facilities.

Professor Cox (Southend Timeline)



Saturday 5th October: The Purple Festival!: Fireworks and music spectacular takes place on Marine Parade.

The Purple festival celebrates Southend holding a Purple Flag award for its safe and vibrate night life the event is hosted by pub and restaurant owners, the council, the SOS bus and the police.  The even took place between 5pm until 9pm across three stages one at the top of the Pier Hill the second outside the Papillon and Chinnery’s with the final one by the police hut and water fountains at the Kursaal end of the seafront and its all FREE!

Thursday 10th October:  New open air High Street market opens

Saturday 12th October: The Only Way is Essex Star Lucy Mecklenburgh opend Lucy's Boutique on the ground floor of the Victoria Shopping Centre.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October: 5th Annual Polish Arts Festival

Tuesday 22nd October: HOT on the Busses: A BUS carrying approximately 12 passengers caught fire in Leigh earlier this evening.
The single decker bus was travelling along London Road when its rear engine burst into flames near to the junction with Fillebrook Avenue. No passengers were hurt

Tuesday 22nd October: For Sale: THE popular Royals Shopping Centre in Southend High Street is up for sale for £32.5million.

The centre, which is home to well-known high street chains such as Debenhams, Primark and Boots, has been put on the market by its owners Orchard Street Investment and is being sold through commercial estate agent Knights Frank.

The Royals attracts more than 120,000 visitors each week and houses 23 stores.


Friday 25th - Sunday 27th October 2013: Southend Jazz Festival 


Monday 28th October: Storming in and Out again: The first big storm of winter hits with wind speeds on 70mph+ all train services are suspended for safety reasons and repairs to overhead cables once the storm had passed, trees in:
Kenilworth Gardens Southend on Sea
Ronald Park Avenue Westcliff on Sea
Hobleythick Lane Westcliff on Sea
Wick Estate Southend on Sea
Seaforth Road Westcliff on Sea
Priory Park Southend on Sea
Southchurch Road Southend on Sea
St Augustines Avenue Southend on Sea
Scratton Road Southend on Sea
Tyrone Road Thorpe bay
Southchurch Park Southend on Sea X2

are blown down with more than 20 being lost borough wide.



Housing Boom: Southend is nammed the UK's house sale hotspot, House prices in Southend go up 1.6% in a year to an average of £152,881selling roughly within two and a half weeks some 26 days faster than the previous year.

Friday 8th November: Formour Conservative Cabinet Minister (Transport & Defence)  turned TV Presenter Michael Portillo gives lecture at The Forum.

Mr Portillo at the after talk book signing (C) Southend Timeline


Saturday 16th November: Chritmas on Sea: The annual Chritmas extravaganza includes, big light switch-on stage shows for song and dance, Snow White-themed lunchtime parade, including live reindeers pulling Santa on his sleigh, as well as samba and jazz bands and masked characters & firework spectacular on the seafront.

Friday 29th November 2013: Restaurant all at sea:  Plans announced to rebuilt the single-storey KJ’s cafe into a two storey glass restaurant what would look like it is floating when the tide is in.

Wednesday 13th November: Lagoon-on-Sea: Plans for a large seawater lagoon are announced, it was proposed to be built by the three shells cafe alongside Adventure Island.  The 120 metre wall would be 3 meters above sea level and built from steel and rock, the incoming tide would top up the water, palm frees are also proposed to ring the site as new public toilets are also included.

Friday 15th November: Porters Preservation: The historic Grade 1 listed 16th Century Mayors House "Porters" wind approval for a £200k restoration, the plans also include work on the Macebearer’s Cottage within the grounds of Porters.    The cottage would be re-roof general repairs being carried out. Whilst Porters itself would see repairs to the historic wood panelling, new heaters new ventilation system and external lighting.


Tuesday 3rd December: Range finding: National retailer The Range opens with huge queues waiting outside to see what the new store has to offer, people had been waiting since 5:00am for the 10:00am opening.

Friday 13th December: Flushed with sucsess: Public conveniences at Bell Wharf, Leigh are awarded platinum status the highest possible accolade at the Loo of the Year 2013, seven gold status awards are also awarded to the toilets at Chalkwell Park, Crowstone, Sutherland Boulevard, Hamlet Court Road, Marine Parade, Pitman’s Close and Elm Road.

Saturday 14th: 44871 and 45407 "The Lancashire Fusilier" Black Five Steam Locos Southend-Chichester.

 Rare sight of two Black Five steam locos at Southend Central. (C) Southend Timeline



Monday 16th December: Road Scheme Gains Funding: A £3.2million rebuilding scheme for the A127/Nestuda Way Tesco junction, changes are proposed to included, Traffic lights and new lanes.
Shoppers queue from 5.30am at The Range


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