Crowds rush back to Southend-on-sun

Crowds rush back to Southend-on-sun

Crowds rush back to Southend-on-sun

First published in News

THE tills were jangling on Southend seafront over the bank holiday weekend as huge crowds turned out to bask in the sunshine.

Traffic almost came to a standstill along the A127 around noon, while people queued outside the Seaway car park to wait for a space in the early afternoon.

The numbers of people heading to the town matched the recent Shakedown rally.

Paul Thompson, who runs Pebbles One Cafe in Marine Parade, said: “It’s been very busy.

Everyone seems to have come out today.

“The sun shines and Southend is packed. I think it’s probably as busy as it was for the Shakedown two weeks ago. It’s been a good day all round.”

Colin Gray, director of Rossi Ice Cream, which supplies the seafront outlets, said: “It’s terrific.

It’s great to see so many people in town.

“We’ve extended our factory opening hours until 2pm, from noon, due to the demand. Some of our customers have even taken deliveries twice because they didn’t realise how good the weather was going to be.”

Paul van Looy, owner of VL’s fish and chip shop near Southend Pier, said: “It’s been a very busy weekend and it’s the start of May.

There’s a long summer ahead of us, so let’s hope it continues.”

There were huge queues at seafront attractions like Adventure Island, on Western Esplanade.

On Sunday, England and Tottenham right back Kyle Walker was in town. The 23-yearold tweeted yesterday to Adventure Island: “Had a great day with the family yesterday.

Thanks for the tickets, we’ll be back soon.”

But it wasn’t as good elsewhere.

East Beach in Shoebury remained closed due to munitions having been found there.

A few people turned out to sunbathe or enjoy the greensward close to the beach, but traders were not happy that most people stayed away.

Harish Panchal who runs Station News, in High Street, said: “It’s been very quiet. I hope they do what they need to do there as quickly as possible so people can enjoy the beach again.”

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9:11am Wed 7 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

On Sunday, England and Tottenham right back Kyle Walker was in town. The 23-yearold tweeted yesterday to Adventure Island: “Had a great day with the family yesterday.

Thanks for the tickets, we’ll be back soon.”

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Whilst some other people scraping a living together can't afford to take the family down for the day to enjoy the park.
On Sunday, England and Tottenham right back Kyle Walker was in town. The 23-yearold tweeted yesterday to Adventure Island: “Had a great day with the family yesterday. Thanks for the tickets, we’ll be back soon.” ____________________ _______ Whilst some other people scraping a living together can't afford to take the family down for the day to enjoy the park. DogsMessInLeigh
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12:52pm Wed 7 May 14

pembury53 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
On Sunday, England and Tottenham right back Kyle Walker was in town. The 23-yearold tweeted yesterday to Adventure Island: “Had a great day with the family yesterday. Thanks for the tickets, we’ll be back soon.” ____________________ _______ Whilst some other people scraping a living together can't afford to take the family down for the day to enjoy the park.
as sure as night follows day, money follows money...... not convinced about his form for the mighty spurs this season though.....
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: On Sunday, England and Tottenham right back Kyle Walker was in town. The 23-yearold tweeted yesterday to Adventure Island: “Had a great day with the family yesterday. Thanks for the tickets, we’ll be back soon.” ____________________ _______ Whilst some other people scraping a living together can't afford to take the family down for the day to enjoy the park.[/p][/quote]as sure as night follows day, money follows money...... not convinced about his form for the mighty spurs this season though..... pembury53
  • Score: 3

2:56pm Wed 7 May 14

ddf35 says...

yeah, the world of being famous is so weird - "now you're famous and have lots of money - lets give you free stuff"
yeah, the world of being famous is so weird - "now you're famous and have lots of money - lets give you free stuff" ddf35
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6:16pm Wed 7 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
On Sunday, England and Tottenham right back Kyle Walker was in town. The 23-yearold tweeted yesterday to Adventure Island: “Had a great day with the family yesterday.

Thanks for the tickets, we’ll be back soon.”

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Whilst some other people scraping a living together can't afford to take the family down for the day to enjoy the park.
Which is why it's important to learn to save up.
A roaring weekends trade, forced me to make two trips to the bank on Tuesday
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: On Sunday, England and Tottenham right back Kyle Walker was in town. The 23-yearold tweeted yesterday to Adventure Island: “Had a great day with the family yesterday. Thanks for the tickets, we’ll be back soon.” ____________________ _______ Whilst some other people scraping a living together can't afford to take the family down for the day to enjoy the park.[/p][/quote]Which is why it's important to learn to save up. A roaring weekends trade, forced me to make two trips to the bank on Tuesday carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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6:50pm Wed 7 May 14

the25man says...

Well Southend has got more things to do than other towns and with the sun out and all the sand brought in to form some beaches its starting to pay off.
I know the alterations to the front was not popular with some but watch the kids in the fountains to see fun in action and it's free.
Well Southend has got more things to do than other towns and with the sun out and all the sand brought in to form some beaches its starting to pay off. I know the alterations to the front was not popular with some but watch the kids in the fountains to see fun in action and it's free. the25man
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10:29pm Wed 7 May 14

jayman says...

"Southend-on-sun"...
. really?? that's the worst use of hyphenation ever
"Southend-on-sun"... . really?? that's the worst use of hyphenation ever jayman
  • Score: 4

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