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APRIL King Visits New Ranges - On 4th April 1916 George V visited the New Ranges to witness the testing of a variety of equipment.  He took lunch at the Officers' Mess and inspected the school of gunnery.  Local children lined Motts Meadow just off the High Street to watch the king and his entourage pass by.

MAY HMS Marlborough -saw action in the most infamous of all sea conflicts during World War One, the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916.  This grand warship would have a few Southend sailors on board; the original  white ensign of HMS Marlborough is today flying inside St John the Baptist Church in Southend. 

JUNE RFC Land - Southend Aerodrome during the First World War played an important part in the defence of the country.  On 4th June 1916, the forerunner to the Royal Air Force, the Royal Flying Corps took control of the airfield.  The role was instrumental in attacking the many Zeppelins that attempted to drop bombs on the town.

JULY Baseball - This US sport captivated the Southend public during 1916 with 4 matches played between Canadian and Amercian teams.  All the games were very well attended and drew attention away from the misery of war.  The baseball players were invariably drafted in from the military thatwere supporting Britain in the conflict at the time.  Although Canada did have its fair share of success during the four series' of games, the US became outright Southend Baseball Champions for 1916.



The Kursaal Zoo Opens - Over it's many transformations since it opened on 1901, The Kursaal on 10th June 1916 opened a Zoo with around 100 animals put in cages and dens around the grounds.  Read the full feature here

DECEMBER Panto Time - “Little Red Riding Hood,” produced by Mr Bannester Howard, at the Hippodrome started on Boxing Day and was considered to be one of the brightest, most musical and amusing pantomimes put on stage, and the crowded houses were sufficient evidence of the public appreciation.  The story of which was rewritten by Mr Fred Bowyer.

Miss Molly O’Shane was a captivating Red Riding Hood, and sang some clever songs.  Those two clever young performers, Bella and Jules Terry, were delightful as Jack and Jill, the two lovers.  In Miss Josey Leyton the producer has found and ideal “Boy Blue and Miss Nora Neville was delightful as Miss Muffet. Messrs Harry Bennet, and George Asquin kept the audience in laughter as the two bad lads of the village, and Mr Arthur Lawrence made and emphatic success as Gobblem the Wolf, while Miss Doroty Fitzjerald was bright and pleasant as Fairy Sunbeam.  Mr Bobby Dillon and Mr Charles Ross had plenty of laughter making opportunities as the wicked Squire and Mother Hubbard.


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