Cultures unite

Echo: Diverse – Sally Carr in the foreground with community members who met to discuss the City of Culture bid Diverse – Sally Carr in the foreground with community members who met to discuss the City of Culture bid

SOUTHEND’S bid to be named the City of Culture for 2021 took a step forward, during a community event to rally support.

The town has already been dubbed “Alternative City of Culture” by the group pushing for official recognition in 2021.

Former Southend councillor Sally Carr, co-chairman of the group, is keen to stress the town’s strong and diverse community.

She organised a networking day for community representatives and local businesses, including ice cream mater Rossi’s and train operator c2c.

Representatives from the Filipino, Spanish and Polish communities, were among those who met at Genting Casino, Westcliff, before enjoying tour of Foulness Island.

Mrs Carr said: “We had a marvellous day.

“Having the representation from different cultures with us made it a wonderful networking experience.

“There is so much going on in Southend that nobody knows about.

“The bid for 2021 has to be submitted in 2017 and has to be community-led. Events like these are a great way for people to find out what it going on and to help promote it.”

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11:18am Mon 30 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

Normally when you put the words Southend and Culture together it's stories of grotty mouldy council flats or to do with growing drugs. Rather than shove a few foreign born Southend folk together for a photo shoot perhaps concentrate on things like Old Leigh Regatta or the Palace Theatre, the amatuer dramatics scene, music scene and local artists even the museum whenever it's built.
Normally when you put the words Southend and Culture together it's stories of grotty mouldy council flats or to do with growing drugs. Rather than shove a few foreign born Southend folk together for a photo shoot perhaps concentrate on things like Old Leigh Regatta or the Palace Theatre, the amatuer dramatics scene, music scene and local artists even the museum whenever it's built. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 11

11:52am Mon 30 Jun 14

Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd says...

But Southend is not a city!

Have we not tried and failed on both counts of becoming a city and a city of culture numerous times before?

Please stop it, it's embarrassing!

How long before Amess jumps on the bandwagon again??
(as soon as he does you know the bids are doomed!)
But Southend is not a city! Have we not tried and failed on both counts of becoming a city and a city of culture numerous times before? Please stop it, it's embarrassing! How long before Amess jumps on the bandwagon again?? (as soon as he does you know the bids are doomed!) Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd
  • Score: 10

12:34pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Robin Reliant says...

Representatives from the Filipino, Spanish and Polish communities, were among those who met at Genting Casino, Westcliff, before enjoying tour of Foulness Island.

was the one armed bandit shoplifter in attendance? or the 2 poles who tasered the leigh home owner.
Representatives from the Filipino, Spanish and Polish communities, were among those who met at Genting Casino, Westcliff, before enjoying tour of Foulness Island. was the one armed bandit shoplifter in attendance? or the 2 poles who tasered the leigh home owner. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 11

12:34pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd wrote:
But Southend is not a city!

Have we not tried and failed on both counts of becoming a city and a city of culture numerous times before?

Please stop it, it's embarrassing!

How long before Amess jumps on the bandwagon again??
(as soon as he does you know the bids are doomed!)
Yes we have tried and failed both times, because not only is Southend not a city but the only culture it has is benefit culture.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd[/bold] wrote: But Southend is not a city! Have we not tried and failed on both counts of becoming a city and a city of culture numerous times before? Please stop it, it's embarrassing! How long before Amess jumps on the bandwagon again?? (as soon as he does you know the bids are doomed!)[/p][/quote]Yes we have tried and failed both times, because not only is Southend not a city but the only culture it has is benefit culture. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 9

12:39pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Nebs says...

There is no harm in it, and the benefits to the town if we should happen to win are enormous.Go for it.
There is no harm in it, and the benefits to the town if we should happen to win are enormous.Go for it. Nebs
  • Score: -8

2:11pm Mon 30 Jun 14

jayman says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
Normally when you put the words Southend and Culture together it's stories of grotty mouldy council flats or to do with growing drugs. Rather than shove a few foreign born Southend folk together for a photo shoot perhaps concentrate on things like Old Leigh Regatta or the Palace Theatre, the amatuer dramatics scene, music scene and local artists even the museum whenever it's built.
"grotty mouldy council flats"

don't worry fellow tax payer! The self serving Tories have been vanquished from their under-rock of power.. New (non-grotty mouldy council flats) council homes are on the way thanks to our new 'socially responsible' council administration. Much to the displeasure of 'grotty, mouldy private home landlords'....
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: Normally when you put the words Southend and Culture together it's stories of grotty mouldy council flats or to do with growing drugs. Rather than shove a few foreign born Southend folk together for a photo shoot perhaps concentrate on things like Old Leigh Regatta or the Palace Theatre, the amatuer dramatics scene, music scene and local artists even the museum whenever it's built.[/p][/quote]"grotty mouldy council flats" don't worry fellow tax payer! The self serving Tories have been vanquished from their under-rock of power.. New (non-grotty mouldy council flats) council homes are on the way thanks to our new 'socially responsible' council administration. Much to the displeasure of 'grotty, mouldy private home landlords'.... jayman
  • Score: 5

2:29pm Mon 30 Jun 14

jayman says...

Nebs wrote:
There is no harm in it, and the benefits to the town if we should happen to win are enormous.Go for it.
I dispute the benefit to the town. It seems to me to be a dead donkey that the council seem keen to flog.

put on a kiss me quick hat, grab your cockles and embrace southends true culture! The culture we had before the Tory administration sanitised it for ideological reasons. Much to the detriment of the town.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: There is no harm in it, and the benefits to the town if we should happen to win are enormous.Go for it.[/p][/quote]I dispute the benefit to the town. It seems to me to be a dead donkey that the council seem keen to flog. put on a kiss me quick hat, grab your cockles and embrace southends true culture! The culture we had before the Tory administration sanitised it for ideological reasons. Much to the detriment of the town. jayman
  • Score: 13

7:37am Tue 1 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

and why get the casino in the back ground? where does that fit in with the 'culture', sure they will get on the bandwagon again, nothing like a bit of promotion and the organisers will lap it up as they get a free finger buffet a pub singer and use of swish premises gratis.
and why get the casino in the back ground? where does that fit in with the 'culture', sure they will get on the bandwagon again, nothing like a bit of promotion and the organisers will lap it up as they get a free finger buffet a pub singer and use of swish premises gratis. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 0
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