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New View from Carby House - Victoria Avenue continued to develop as a major gateway into Southend.  This image was taken from this year's new build,  Carby House. Today this block stands abandoned on the junction of Harcourt Avenue awaiting new development. 

17th Century Samuel's Farm in Shoebury Road Southchurch demolished

007 - Sean Connery is filmed for Goldfinger driving his Aston Martin DB5 at Southend Airport, taking it Switzerland via the Carvair service.

Garon's Cinema Closed - Since 1911 this central High Street cinema worked well.  It tried many a style to keep it's audience coming inlcuding fountains to the side of the stage all alight.  Up to the point of closure it never really however updated it's sound system to anything suitably modern, and consequently the picture hosue closed up shop, breaking up further the Garon's empire.  It closed on 4th May 1963.

Arabian Success at the Ritz - The Ritz cinema recorded one of its most successful seasons thanks to Laurence of Arabia, which ran to almost full houses for nearly ten weeks.  The cinema atop of Pier Hill and next to the Palace Hotel, is noted as being a 'Second Run' cinema picking up the films after they had been shown at major picture houses such as The Odeon.  To get Laurence of Arabia will have been a good financial shot in the arm to keep the art deco cinema going.

The Sea Freezes - Half a mile out to sea from the shore at Leigh-on-Sea on 22nd January 1963, the estuary turned to ice, boats were frozen solid and launches were held fast.  The cockling industry suffered during greatly this winter period.

Test Cricket - Southchurch Park became the proud host of the Women's Test Cricket match between England and Australia, in July.

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The Beatles and Roy Orbison Visit Southend The Odeon on Southend High Street, became the the most popular venue in England on 31st May 1963. The Beatles & Roy Orbison were in town.  The Odeon is sadly no more and in its footprint sits the University of Essex - Southend building. 

Regal Demolished - Tyler's Avenue was the site of the Regal Cinema, now in its place sits the Job Centre.  The Regal in its day was classed as a full variety theatre under the name of the Arcadia or Ambassador.  August 1963 the bulldozers went in.






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