Steam for Electric on the LTS - The LTS rail line followed Southend Victoria by starting the phasing out of the Steam train. Although the Victoria line had completed their transition in 1956.
Cricket - 23-25 Aug Essex hosted Australia in a cricket match at Southchurch Park, the Aussies won by 55 runs.
Twinned with Calais - in February 1961 our Mayor Cllr LW Johnson signed a Charter twinning Southend with Calais in the North of France. This all would lead to a week of events in June 1962 Southend-Calais Week.
Pantomime - The 1961/62 pantomime to be held at the Palace Theatre is Robinson Crusoe, running for 5 weeks.
Parking Metres Arrive in Town Centre
The Rivoli Closes - One of Southend's most popular cinemas closed on 4th November 1961. Having played to many a full house for over 40 years, it was time for a makeover and a new life in a challenging entertainment world. Unlike others closing at this time, the Rivoli in Alexandra Road was merely having a makeover and modernisation, it would open the following year as the ABC.
The Standard Guide - Produced by local newspaper 'The Southend Standard'. Pocket sized and ideal for the visitor wanting to know more about the area.
The Standard Guide -
Produced by local newspaper 'The Southend Standard'. Pocket sized and ideal for the visitor wanting to know more about the area.
"In 1961 or 2 the River Thames froze and this was able to be seen near the pier at Southend. I was there at 6 years old!"
Excel on the Pier - In July the pier welcomed a new modern concept, opening to the public the Excel 10-pin Bowling Centre, built at the shore end.
Workhouse Demolished - A bunch of rambling cottages were demolished in 1961 to make way for some new council flats. Some however may not have known the history of Mill Hill Cottages on the junction of East Street and Sutton Road. As this was the original Prittlewell Workhouse, with its own lock-up for those that could not be controlled appropriately. Home to many a pauper during the late 18th century until the mid 19th century.
The Milk Race - Cycle fans were pleased on 5th June 1961 to see The Milk Race finish the first two days of the nationwide race along Southend seafront, on Western Esplanade.
Southend Population reaches 165,000