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The Truculent -  A terrible accident happened in the estuary on January 12, 1950, when the submarine "Truculent" plunged to the depths after being rammed by the Swedish tanker "Divina". 

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The first alarm was given by a liner forty five minutes after the collision, to the effect that they were pulling men from the water, but most of the seventy nine men on board had gone down with the submarine.  It was not even then that the extent of the emergency was realised and although "Greater London" was one of the first rescue boats on the scene most of the officers and ratings had already left the vessel by the Davis escape apparatus, alas only to be swept away by the fast flowing ebb tide.  The Greater London continued the search for survivors for nearly twenty foru hours without success, sixty men from the "Truculent" had perished.

New Restaurant for Pier Head - At the Pier Head, a restaurant called the Dolphin is built out of the scrap and timber left by the Navy. This joined the other main buildings such as the Sun Deck Theatre, the Solarium Café, as well as amusements and a Hall of Mirrors.

Eastwood Park Opens - Adjacent to Rayleigh Road and Brooklands Avenue, a new park opens to provide the expanding population in this area with a green lung. The park covers 16 acres and offers the local community a range of sporting activities as well as ornamental shrub borders.

General Election Year - The Kursaal due to its forward thinking of placing a teleprinter in the Arcade were able to receive the General Election results live.  Thousands of Londoners were fascinated.  The BBC also took an interest with Richard Dimbleby, Brian Johnston and Barry Edgar commentators at the first ever live broadcast from Southend.

Carnival Court - 1950's Carnival Court was represented by Queen Jean Briscoe, who worked in the admin department of a well known local works, her deputy Queen Barbara Murray (19) was already well known to Southend's carnival fans having reigned as Queen the year before.  Bery Joad, Joyce Kimpton, Mildred Moyser and Hazel Cox assisted as Maids of Honour.

 East or West - Southend was split politcally, the lines had been drawn and the town would never be the same again.  Southend East or Southend West?  Well this General Election saw the arrival through the ballott box of Stephen McAdden who loyally served the town until 1979 when he died while in office.  In Southend West Henry 'Chips' Channon was returned

General Election

 23rd February 1950


Southend West                                Majority 18,746

  • Henry Channon Con 34,100
  • EC Hutchinson Lab 15,354
  • H MacCullum-Scott Lib 9,907



Southend East                                   Majority 2,165

  • Sir Stephen McAdden Con 20,395
  • RJ Minney Labour 18,230
  • JG Runciman Liberal 4,616


The Original Crowstone by you.The Old Crowstone Moved - To mark the end of the River Thames and the start of the Thames Estuary is a Crowstone, which is located just off the Chalkwell Beach.  The original had been placed in this location in 1837.  Naturally over time the stone had eroded and needed replacing so in 1950, the original was moved to Priory Park, replaced with a new stone.

George Warwick Deeping Dies - Deeping was a prolific novelist and short story writer. His most famous novel is Sorrell and Son (1925).  Born in Southend (1877) in the Royal Library on Pier Hill.  He is honoured and remembered with a grand memorial in St John The Baptist churchyard. The underpass joining Victoria Circus with Southchurch Road is named in his honour 'The Deeping'. 

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