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Census Time - Every ten years nationally a census is carried out to determine the population, this in turn provides a good indication by government how much funding a town such as Southend should get. This year the total for the town was: 157,517. 

New Honorary Freeman - Bernard Birn MBE became the latest Freeman of the town on 2nd October 1991, for his services to musical and artistic life of the town, in particular for his roles as Chairman and Artistic Director of the Southend-on-Sea Music Club for over 40 years.

Cannon Cinema (formerly Metropole) Westcliff, Closes - Travelling along the A13 into Southend you might not even realise the current Halfords site was once a cinema, the Metropole or Cannon Cinema depending on

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your age, was one of many cinemas dotted around the borough.  Providing access to the silver screen for the big relSite of Metropole Cinemaeases or indeed the Saturday morning cowboy specials.  This picture house met the demolition ball in 1991. 








Royal Visit - HRH Princess Anne opens the Scanner Unit at Southend Hospital and the New Lifeboat House at the end of the Pier.


Leigh Folk Festival Starts - The Guardian announced in 2008 the Leigh Folk Festival to be one of those hidden festivals that must not be missed.  Starting in 1991, this festival has grown to be a significant part of the Southend Cultural calendar.  With stages placed along the High Street of Old Leigh, the pubs taking full advantage and a parade of the international dance troupes and groups from the world of folk all come together to make this weekend. Check out the website: Click











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