Southend Timeline

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Pier Modernises - The Pier Hill buildings completed in 1898, were finally demolished after a period of neglect.   These entrance buildings graced the front part of the pier and were beyond a state of repair.  The pier takes on once again a change for the modern times.

Underpass Opens - A new dual carriageway, the Queensway underpass opened partially for the first time in December, costing over £1m this expensive hole in the road was designed to relieve traffic pressures in the town and provide a faster access to the seafront.  It would be much later into 1978 before the full benefit was gained with all lanes open once the new Queensway Health Centre had bee occupied.

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Southend Hospital Radio - (formerly Thameside Radio) has been broadcasting to Southend Hospital for over 30 years. The radio station was launched at 11am on Saturday 5th February 1977, after the then Mayor, Councillor Neville Moss, made fundraising for a radio service at the hospital, the mayoral appeal during his term of office in 1976.



Royal Visit to Hospital - On 26th June 1977 HRH Princess Margaret visited Southend General Hospital.


Panto Time - This year's pantos in the town was split between Cinderella at the Cliffs Pavilion starring TV/radio legend Tony Brandon (left) or the Palace Theatre putting on a seasonal offering of Aladdin.




The Kursaal Starts to Change - The make-up of this once famous amusement park would change forever.  In 1977 planning permission was granted over the larger part of the Kursaal gardens for private housing.

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