Alternative City of Culture launched

Southend Standard: Alternative City of Culture launched Alternative City of Culture launched

SOUTHEND was hailed as the Alternative City of Culture at a glitzy event attended by well-known faces, including singer Patti Boulaye and Busted star James Bourne.

Since Southend lost out to Hull in its bid to be named City of Culture title for 2017, Tory MP David Amess has made it his mission to promote the town as its alternative.

At the launch event at the Genting Club in Westcliff, Mr Amess pledged the borough would host a calendar of cultural events to rival the northern city’s schedule.

Mr Amess said: “We want people to knowSouthend is not only the city of culture for the UK, but for the world.

“Sadly the judges didn’t see it like that and of the shortlist of four not one of the towns was in the south of England. As a result Southend decided to organise a competition to decide who will be declared the alternative city of culture.”

On stage at the event, Mr Amess read out messages of good wishes from Queen guitarist, Brian May, showbiz legend Sir Bruce Forsyth and West End stage star Lee Mead.

Mr Amess added: “Southend is at cultural war with Hull city.

It’s the Thames Estuary versus the mouth of the Humber, Rossi ice cream versus faggots, and we are going to win.”

He was joined on stage by former mayor Sally Carr, who will lead the promotion of the events in the three years to 2017, and James Bourne, from Southend, who is back performing with old bandmates Busted with band McFly, as McBusted.

James told the audience: “I’m really glad I grew up here instead of Hull.”

The event showcased a selection of Southend’s talents, including artist Paul Karslake, mosaic artist Paul Siggins, sculptor Rod Steward, Masters performing arts college dancers and to show the diversity of the town, Chinese national Betty Law who has lived in Southend for 30 years performed with her Yee-woo instrument, similar to a violin.

Mr Siggins, who owns the Mosaic Studio in London Road, Westcliff, said: “We have hundreds of artists, musicians and a good literary scene.

“Its good to promote the town and as an alternative city of culture I think is a good idea.”

Derek Jarvis, Southend councillor responsible for culture, added: “The council has a strategy right through to 2017 when we will submit our bid to be city of culture in the next competition in 2021.

"This initiative is a way of concentrating minds and building up to that."

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7:53am Wed 4 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

sounds like a good excuse for another knees up down the local casino....but where does Patti Boulay fit in, and is this a real competition ?
sounds like a good excuse for another knees up down the local casino....but where does Patti Boulay fit in, and is this a real competition ? DogsMessInLeigh

8:22am Wed 4 Dec 13

Vox SoS says...

'Rossi ice cream versus faggots, and we are going to win'

I didn't realise Brighton was also in the running . . . .
'Rossi ice cream versus faggots, and we are going to win' I didn't realise Brighton was also in the running . . . . Vox SoS

11:23am Wed 4 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

2nd bloke from the right next to Dave...i know the face, who is he..?
2nd bloke from the right next to Dave...i know the face, who is he..? DogsMessInLeigh

11:37am Wed 4 Dec 13

Alekhine says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
sounds like a good excuse for another knees up down the local casino....but where does Patti Boulay fit in, and is this a real competition ?
Trying to relaunch her career maybe. - Has she ever made a mistake. LOL
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: sounds like a good excuse for another knees up down the local casino....but where does Patti Boulay fit in, and is this a real competition ?[/p][/quote]Trying to relaunch her career maybe. - Has she ever made a mistake. LOL Alekhine

1:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

emcee says...

Quote Mr Amess: “Southend is at cultural war with Hull city. It’s the Thames Estuary versus the mouth of the Humber, Rossi ice cream versus faggots, and we are going to win.”
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Erm, no. We already lost.

Give it up, Amess. All you are doing is making Southend out to be a sore loser, the spoiled child who did not get its own way. Goodness knows why Hull won but it did. Get over it.

I supopose Amess will push for an alternative parliament if loses his seat in the next election.
Quote Mr Amess: “Southend is at cultural war with Hull city. It’s the Thames Estuary versus the mouth of the Humber, Rossi ice cream versus faggots, and we are going to win.” - Erm, no. We already lost. Give it up, Amess. All you are doing is making Southend out to be a sore loser, the spoiled child who did not get its own way. Goodness knows why Hull won but it did. Get over it. I supopose Amess will push for an alternative parliament if loses his seat in the next election. emcee

1:43pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Southchurchjon says...

So, on the one hand we have this mindless piece of rubbish promoting "culture" where it is nothing of the sort, and on the other hand when there is real culture and something of historical significance involved I.e. The Saxon King Exhibition, this is conveniently overlooked. It just goes to show the amazing cultural vacuum that exists between David Amess's two ears!
So, on the one hand we have this mindless piece of rubbish promoting "culture" where it is nothing of the sort, and on the other hand when there is real culture and something of historical significance involved I.e. The Saxon King Exhibition, this is conveniently overlooked. It just goes to show the amazing cultural vacuum that exists between David Amess's two ears! Southchurchjon

5:17pm Wed 4 Dec 13

stopmoaning1 says...

Derek Jarvis, Southend councillor responsible for culture, added: “The council has a strategy right through to 2017 when we will submit our bid to be city of culture in the next competition in 2021

Meanwhile.......

Saxon King exhibition opens with a whimper.
A council spokesman said a “slow burn” campaign was being run to keep down marketing costs

Well Mr Jarvis AKA Right Hand, will you now be speaking to your council spokesman, AKA Left Hand.
I completely despair that my Council Tax is managed by these clowns!
Derek Jarvis, Southend councillor responsible for culture, added: “The council has a strategy right through to 2017 when we will submit our bid to be city of culture in the next competition in 2021 Meanwhile....... Saxon King exhibition opens with a whimper. A council spokesman said a “slow burn” campaign was being run to keep down marketing costs Well Mr Jarvis AKA Right Hand, will you now be speaking to your council spokesman, AKA Left Hand. I completely despair that my Council Tax is managed by these clowns! stopmoaning1

6:44pm Wed 4 Dec 13

ShrimperSS0 says...

Indeed it looks and sounds like Basildon Dave has gone into one because Southend didn't win (again) so is maybe looking to create or be part of a competition we as a town WILL win. In footballing terms, it's like creating your own competition when not qualified for the Champions League, Europa League or the old Intertoto! Please David, give it up. By all means extol the virtues of the TOWN you part represent in Westminster as MP, but be gracious enough to say that the winners did a better job of bigging up their bid.
Indeed it looks and sounds like Basildon Dave has gone into one because Southend didn't win (again) so is maybe looking to create or be part of a competition we as a town WILL win. In footballing terms, it's like creating your own competition when not qualified for the Champions League, Europa League or the old Intertoto! Please David, give it up. By all means extol the virtues of the TOWN you part represent in Westminster as MP, but be gracious enough to say that the winners did a better job of bigging up their bid. ShrimperSS0

7:03pm Wed 4 Dec 13

jayman says...

Alternative MP bid also launched in Southend. Lama wearing blue rosette wins over gathered crowd.
Alternative MP bid also launched in Southend. Lama wearing blue rosette wins over gathered crowd. jayman

11:10am Thu 5 Dec 13

JayRSS1 says...

Southend isn't even a City.
Wasn't that another competition Amess spearheaded and failed?
If he was running a business, he'd be bankrupt, if he ran a football team he'd be out on his ear a long time ago.
Just because you call yourself a City it doesn't make you one. And just because you invent an alternate 'City of Culture Award' doesn't mean you have any idea what you are doing. It only makes our town a laughing stock to the rest of the Nation.
I love this town and go and to the theatre, see live music etc (Most of which are privately funded by the way). But I am sick of Amess and our Council spending our money on these stupid vanity awards, just so that they can have a new 'prestigious' logo on their website and stationary. It is pure vanity.
If we are going to alternatives can we have an alternate MP as Amess doesn't represent my views or aspiration for the TOWN at all.
If I wanted a clown I'd go to the circus, if I wanted a muppet I'd see Jim Henson, all I want a proper MP to represent me rather than...(I'll let your imaginations finish that sentence).
Southend isn't even a City. Wasn't that another competition Amess spearheaded and failed? If he was running a business, he'd be bankrupt, if he ran a football team he'd be out on his ear a long time ago. Just because you call yourself a City it doesn't make you one. And just because you invent an alternate 'City of Culture Award' doesn't mean you have any idea what you are doing. It only makes our town a laughing stock to the rest of the Nation. I love this town and go and to the theatre, see live music etc (Most of which are privately funded by the way). But I am sick of Amess and our Council spending our money on these stupid vanity awards, just so that they can have a new 'prestigious' logo on their website and stationary. It is pure vanity. If we are going to alternatives can we have an alternate MP as Amess doesn't represent my views or aspiration for the TOWN at all. If I wanted a clown I'd go to the circus, if I wanted a muppet I'd see Jim Henson, all I want a proper MP to represent me rather than...(I'll let your imaginations finish that sentence). JayRSS1

3:51pm Fri 6 Dec 13

thepeople123 says...

Hello,

Just so you know, no tax payers money was used, we want you all to get involved. This has nothing to do with the council, we are trying to get the community involved and great exhibitions like the saxon one mentioned should hopefully be sported by private money we are trying to gather all for the greater good of the town. I hope this helps everyone. :)
Hello, Just so you know, no tax payers money was used, we want you all to get involved. This has nothing to do with the council, we are trying to get the community involved and great exhibitions like the saxon one mentioned should hopefully be sported by private money we are trying to gather all for the greater good of the town. I hope this helps everyone. :) thepeople123

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