Southend Timeline

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                                          1958

Royal Visit - Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, flew to Southend on July 9, 1958, to visit the Lifstan Club for boys, attached to Southchurch parish church. The boys had built their headquarters in the Rectory Meadow - the building is still being used by the Scouts and the boys' club have bigger headquarters in Lifstan Way. 

The Gaumont Goes - The Gaumont Cinema a 5,000 seater is sold to the town and almost immediately demolished and the site redeveloped.  This stunning cinema could have been the answer to the town's under representation towards conferencing, which other seaside towns were now leaning towards.  With the Cliffs Pavilion now becoming the preferred option for this kind of facility it was no surprise to see the town send in the bulldozers.

Stadium Fire - The Southend Stadium in Sutton Road suffered a bad fire this year in the grandstand.  The stadium supported the town with annual festivals and firework displays and also maintained a full greyhound programme.

 

 

 

 

Opening of the Municipal College Extension - Post 16 education was becoming a major need in the town which led to the opening of the extension by Sir Hugh Beaver KBE, in Victoria Avenue.

Town Show - 1958 saw the arrival in the town of a new concept of event. The Southend Show would be staged every year in Priory Park and would extoll the town's virtues and would build a programme of Military Bands and horses, whippets and fireworks for the benefit mainly of the residents as the event would stretch into the evenings over a weekend at the end of the summer season.

'Chips' dies - Sir Henry 'Chips' Channon MP for Southend Eimage 1ast dies in the seat on 7th October 1958 aged 61.  A hugely respected MP locally whose profile enabled him to promote the town continuously.  His respect was clear when his son Paul Channon was voted in to take over the seat maintaining the family line.

 

 

 

 

The Standard Guide -

Produced by local newspaper 'The Southend Standard'. Pocket sized and ideal for the visitor wanting to know more about the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panto Season - The Palace Theatre was the venue for the 1958 Pantomime Dick Whittington.  This version by John Crocker starred Jerry Jerome as the 'Sarah the Cook'.  The support cast included Cynthia Morey as Dick, Diana Chadwick as Alice and Frankie Murray as Idle Jack.  Also on stage appeared the Dennis Coleman Singers.  In the supporting cast is listed William Treacher, later to become much more famous as Arthur in Eastenders.

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