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Lynn Tait's Pier TrainOld Train's Scrapped -The Pier’s rolling stock was scrapped in 1982 having served the pier well. A couple have found there way into museums, one provides a unique visual prop in the famous Lynn Tait Gallery.

Plaque Unveiled for Frank Matcham - In March a plaque was unveiled to celebrate the famous Theatre Architect Frank Matcham at his former home in Westcliff Parade. Frank MatchamMatcham (1854-1920) has been called ‘the most prolific theatre architect of all time.’ His lavish work can be found throughout the country, his masterpiece being the London Coliseum (1904). However, he also designed pubs, cinemas and hotels, and the glittering County Arcade, Leeds. It seems remarkable, therefore, with such a successful practice that Matcham never actually qualified as an architect.

Panto Time - The festive treats in this year's theatres were Aladdin at the Palace Theatre and Cinderella at the Cliff's Pavilion, starring Terry Hall and Lenny the Lion.



Plaque Unveiled for Edward Whymper - In April a plaque was unveiled to celebrate the famous mountaineer Edward Whymper at his former home in Clifftown Parade, (born April 27, 1840, London, Eng. — died Sept. 16, 1911, Chamonix, Fr.) British mountaineer and artist. He became a mountaineer after making sketches for a book on the Alps. In 1865 he made the first ascent of the Matterhorn; an accident on the descent caused  the death of four of his companions. His Scrambles Amongst the Alps (1871) and Travels Amongst the Great (1892) describe his experiences and are illustrated with his own engravings. 

Elvis in Town - One of the 80's must see live acts was at Cliffs Pavilion in September.  Elvis Costello and the Attractions wowed a sell out crowd.

New Restaurant for Eastern Esplanade - Margaret and Les Slassor opened the landmark restaurant Slassors in Eastern Esplanade, in 1982.  After 22 years in 2004 Margaret and Les retired but the restaurant is still going strong it is now called Churhills chippy.

Unemployment Higher Than National Average - At October 1982 the rate of unemployment in the Southend-on-Sea travel-to-work area was 15.9 per cent. compared with 13.8 per cent. for the United Kingdom as a whole.

Orphanage Closed - After 90 years service looking after children the orphanage at Nazareth House said farewell to its final young people, as its purpose changed to caring for the elderly. 

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Cricket - Southchurch Park became the venue for the annual Essex Cricket fixture; 14 July 1982, Surrey stepped up, but left with their tails between their legs, as Essex came out winners by 31 runs in this 40 overs game.  Graham Gooch was in the Essex team




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