Southend Pier to compete with the likes of the Queen on Visit England list

Southend Standard: Southend Pier listed among the greatest things in England Southend Pier listed among the greatest things in England

SOUTHEND Pier has been ranked alongside the likes of Hampton Court Palace as part of a competition to find England’s greatest attraction.

The pier, world famous for being the longest pleasure pier in the world, has been included in the sports and leisure category by Visit England as part of its Hall of Fame campaign.

The campaign, launched ahead of an exhibition to mark St George’s Day, features the great and good of English life, including the Queen, the Beatles, the Magna Carta and Cornish Pasties.

The pier is one of 60 things on the list and people have until Sunday, April 13, to vote for their favourite.

Derek Jarvis, Southend councillor for culture and tourism, said: “We have always known that the world famous pier is our jewel in the crown and this just goes to prove it."

The top 60 can be viewed and voted on at www.englandshalloffame.com

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5:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Could someone point this out to SBC please.
Could someone point this out to SBC please. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

7:49pm Fri 4 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

'the jewel in the crown' say Derek jarvis..

it could be so so much better, get some new lights the length of it for starters..then it may shine like a jewel, right now its un-inviting, dull...very dull
'the jewel in the crown' say Derek jarvis.. it could be so so much better, get some new lights the length of it for starters..then it may shine like a jewel, right now its un-inviting, dull...very dull DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 10

7:57pm Fri 4 Apr 14

jolllyboy says...

Good grief have they seen it ?
Good grief have they seen it ? jolllyboy
  • Score: -6

6:55am Sat 5 Apr 14

SARFENDMAN says...

SBC for decades has shunned the pier as regarded it as part of the unacceptable part of Southend's Seafront Heritage of day-trippers, sticks of rock, kiss me quick hats and beanos.
It's very happy to take credit for recognition like this but that's about the bottom of it. Token gestures and talk of pier developments have resulted in a pathetic shack at the South End and a wasted open space where the bowling alley once stood, It shamefully never explained why the insurance money from the fire that destroyed it went as never used to rebuild,
It's unlikely to change as the indifferent attitude at The Civic Centre towards the town's architectural heritgage remains woeful.
SBC for decades has shunned the pier as regarded it as part of the unacceptable part of Southend's Seafront Heritage of day-trippers, sticks of rock, kiss me quick hats and beanos. It's very happy to take credit for recognition like this but that's about the bottom of it. Token gestures and talk of pier developments have resulted in a pathetic shack at the South End and a wasted open space where the bowling alley once stood, It shamefully never explained why the insurance money from the fire that destroyed it went as never used to rebuild, It's unlikely to change as the indifferent attitude at The Civic Centre towards the town's architectural heritgage remains woeful. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 9

10:03am Sat 5 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

I can see the list on the latest UK travel brochures, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Hampton court, Southend Pier..........
I can see the list on the latest UK travel brochures, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Hampton court, Southend Pier.......... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 1

11:29am Sat 5 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Theres so many fantastic piers around the coast that have been maintained and have attractions on, but our Jewel feels a little sad, The Trotters are coming to town soon though for another Exhibition, so thats 1 plus point, £2 entry plus obligatory train cost(even if you don't want to ride the train)...Luverly Jubbly.
Theres so many fantastic piers around the coast that have been maintained and have attractions on, but our Jewel feels a little sad, The Trotters are coming to town soon though for another Exhibition, so thats 1 plus point, £2 entry plus obligatory train cost(even if you don't want to ride the train)...Luverly Jubbly. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 1

11:46am Sat 5 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Theres so many fantastic piers around the coast that have been maintained and have attractions on, but our Jewel feels a little sad, The Trotters are coming to town soon though for another Exhibition, so thats 1 plus point, £2 entry plus obligatory train cost(even if you don't want to ride the train)...Luverly Jubbly.
I wonder what ever happened to that red painted sea mine, which used to be at the end of the pier, it was used as a money box, went missing after the fire of 1976, the first one.....
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Theres so many fantastic piers around the coast that have been maintained and have attractions on, but our Jewel feels a little sad, The Trotters are coming to town soon though for another Exhibition, so thats 1 plus point, £2 entry plus obligatory train cost(even if you don't want to ride the train)...Luverly Jubbly.[/p][/quote]I wonder what ever happened to that red painted sea mine, which used to be at the end of the pier, it was used as a money box, went missing after the fire of 1976, the first one..... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 2

1:07pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Blind Haze says...

It is quite impressive, especially when boats keep crashing into it or it's burning down again.
It is quite impressive, especially when boats keep crashing into it or it's burning down again. Blind Haze
  • Score: 4

2:05pm Sat 5 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Theres so many fantastic piers around the coast that have been maintained and have attractions on, but our Jewel feels a little sad, The Trotters are coming to town soon though for another Exhibition, so thats 1 plus point, £2 entry plus obligatory train cost(even if you don't want to ride the train)...Luverly Jubbly.
I wonder what ever happened to that red painted sea mine, which used to be at the end of the pier, it was used as a money box, went missing after the fire of 1976, the first one.....
Ha yes well remembered, what did happen to i..?t, and whilst we are at it where did the wax works end up, that swinging blade was classic and a good memory of a trip to the lights once in a while.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Theres so many fantastic piers around the coast that have been maintained and have attractions on, but our Jewel feels a little sad, The Trotters are coming to town soon though for another Exhibition, so thats 1 plus point, £2 entry plus obligatory train cost(even if you don't want to ride the train)...Luverly Jubbly.[/p][/quote]I wonder what ever happened to that red painted sea mine, which used to be at the end of the pier, it was used as a money box, went missing after the fire of 1976, the first one.....[/p][/quote]Ha yes well remembered, what did happen to i..?t, and whilst we are at it where did the wax works end up, that swinging blade was classic and a good memory of a trip to the lights once in a while. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

3:01pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Theres so many fantastic piers around the coast that have been maintained and have attractions on, but our Jewel feels a little sad, The Trotters are coming to town soon though for another Exhibition, so thats 1 plus point, £2 entry plus obligatory train cost(even if you don't want to ride the train)...Luverly Jubbly.
I wonder what ever happened to that red painted sea mine, which used to be at the end of the pier, it was used as a money box, went missing after the fire of 1976, the first one.....
Ha yes well remembered, what did happen to i..?t, and whilst we are at it where did the wax works end up, that swinging blade was classic and a good memory of a trip to the lights once in a while.
The wax works and Golden Hind were owned by the same family, they also at one stage had rides in the old Kursaal...
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Theres so many fantastic piers around the coast that have been maintained and have attractions on, but our Jewel feels a little sad, The Trotters are coming to town soon though for another Exhibition, so thats 1 plus point, £2 entry plus obligatory train cost(even if you don't want to ride the train)...Luverly Jubbly.[/p][/quote]I wonder what ever happened to that red painted sea mine, which used to be at the end of the pier, it was used as a money box, went missing after the fire of 1976, the first one.....[/p][/quote]Ha yes well remembered, what did happen to i..?t, and whilst we are at it where did the wax works end up, that swinging blade was classic and a good memory of a trip to the lights once in a while.[/p][/quote]The wax works and Golden Hind were owned by the same family, they also at one stage had rides in the old Kursaal... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 1

11:50am Sun 6 Apr 14

Hazey View says...

Blind Haze wrote:
It is quite impressive, especially when boats keep crashing into it or it's burning down again.
That ap-pier-s to be sarcasm!
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: It is quite impressive, especially when boats keep crashing into it or it's burning down again.[/p][/quote]That ap-pier-s to be sarcasm! Hazey View
  • Score: 1

12:16pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Blind Haze says...

Hazey View wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
It is quite impressive, especially when boats keep crashing into it or it's burning down again.
That ap-pier-s to be sarcasm!
Do you follow every story making Christmas cracker-esque jokers?
[quote][p][bold]Hazey View[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: It is quite impressive, especially when boats keep crashing into it or it's burning down again.[/p][/quote]That ap-pier-s to be sarcasm![/p][/quote]Do you follow every story making Christmas cracker-esque jokers? Blind Haze
  • Score: 0

12:34pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Joe Clark says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Good grief have they seen it ?
I take it we will not see you "jolly"boy face down there then...

Leys hope, lets really really hope...

So your againt the pier being on the list, so much for supporting Southend.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Good grief have they seen it ?[/p][/quote]I take it we will not see you "jolly"boy face down there then... Leys hope, lets really really hope... So your againt the pier being on the list, so much for supporting Southend. Joe Clark
  • Score: -1

12:39pm Sun 6 Apr 14

EssexPerson says...

Joe Clark wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
Good grief have they seen it ?
I take it we will not see you "jolly"boy face down there then...

Leys hope, lets really really hope...

So your againt the pier being on the list, so much for supporting Southend.
I think the point they were making is that SBC has let the pier become a sad sorry looking state when it could and should be so much better.
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Good grief have they seen it ?[/p][/quote]I take it we will not see you "jolly"boy face down there then... Leys hope, lets really really hope... So your againt the pier being on the list, so much for supporting Southend.[/p][/quote]I think the point they were making is that SBC has let the pier become a sad sorry looking state when it could and should be so much better. EssexPerson
  • Score: 0

2:22pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

EssexPerson wrote:
Joe Clark wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
Good grief have they seen it ?
I take it we will not see you "jolly"boy face down there then...

Leys hope, lets really really hope...

So your againt the pier being on the list, so much for supporting Southend.
I think the point they were making is that SBC has let the pier become a sad sorry looking state when it could and should be so much better.
SBC see it as the floater in the pan rather than the jewel in the crown
[quote][p][bold]EssexPerson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Good grief have they seen it ?[/p][/quote]I take it we will not see you "jolly"boy face down there then... Leys hope, lets really really hope... So your againt the pier being on the list, so much for supporting Southend.[/p][/quote]I think the point they were making is that SBC has let the pier become a sad sorry looking state when it could and should be so much better.[/p][/quote]SBC see it as the floater in the pan rather than the jewel in the crown Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

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