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Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty back on Southend Pier to film new TV show
TV chef Jamie Oliver was back on Southend Pier with farmer Jimmy Doherty to film a new program.
The Essex boys took over the former Pavilion building and called it “Jamie and Jimmy’s” for the Channel 4 show.
Visitors to the iconic structure were met with notices saying access to the pierhead may be restricted while filming takes place.
Fisherman John Bolton, 61, from Loughton, said he uses the pier once a fortnight.
He said: “It has reduced the angling potential up there because it has taken a lot of space. But there are a lot more people that use the pier than fishermen.
“There is nothing really at the beginning of the pier and if you want to fish at the end you are a bit marrooned. Something like a bigger version of the Three Shells would be good.”
Mr Amies, 65, said: “The filming didn’t hinder us. Anything that helps the pier is good.”
Ms Robinson, 52, added: “A cafe is a good idea for a coffee and a cake but you want a reasonable price, not a London price.”
Film crews are set to return on Thursday, October 16 for another day of shooting.
Terry and Marilyn Crone visited the pier from Brentwood.
Terry, 64, said: “The pier is brilliant, the cafe is nice. They said it was going to be a fish and chip shop, it will bring people on the pier.”
The programme, of the same name, is due to air on Channel 4 at the end of November.