Southend Timeline

Bringing Your Memories Back to Life


Jazz Legend Performs - Southend was a major pull for all the mainstream acts, not least in 1962 when Louis Armstrong and his Allstars arrived in town on a naPops at the Odeon Southendtional tour.  Playing at the Odeon in the High Street alongside 'The Gerry Brown Jazzmen'.







 This image, provided by Tony Mullinger, shows a lucky Odeon Manager posing with the legend Pops.

ABC is Born - Out of the Rivoli which closed in 1961 comes the ABC.  The new way of viewing films through the medium of cinema.    The first film to show in this plush new picture house on Alexandra Road is 'Escape from Zahrain', on 7th June 1962, starring Yul Brynner and Anthony Caruso.



Thorpe Bay Yacht Club Expands - In 1962, the club gained international fame for its part in running the “Little Americas Cup” for “C” Class catamarans on behalf of the Chapman Sands S.C. as they had neither the waters nor the facilities to run the event.

 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club by you. 

Constabulary's New HQ - Southend Police Headquarters opens for business in Victoria Avenue.  Taking over from the original Alexandra Street Police Station which had served the force so well, but had out grown its use.  Sir Charles Cunningham cut the ribbon; the Permanent Under Secretary of State at the Home Office on 19th March 1962.





The Standard Guide -

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












Southend Hospital Welcome Four Celebs - The Meecham quads were born in Southend Hospital's maternity department on 3rd January 1962 and were hardly out of the national media. They made headlines around the country when they were born.

Edward, Christopher, Lucy and Yana – who were conceived naturally - made an instant family for Phoebe Meecham, who already had eight-year old Ronnie.

The four became overnight celebrities – they were asked to open Colchester Zoo, modelled to advertise Cow and Gate baby products and were besieged by press photographers at every birthday.

18 Jun Last regular steam train runs (1810 FS to Thorpe Bay).


With this in mind the clubhouse at Thorpe Bay was extended by one third in area towards the east.


Keddies Honoured - Long standing in the High Street since 1892, Keddies was given a Civic Trust Award.

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