Thousands turn out for Thorpe Bay Christmas lights spectacular

Echo: Thousands turn out for Thorpe Bay Christmas lights spectacular Thousands turn out for Thorpe Bay Christmas lights spectacular

THE newly-formed Thorpe Bay Business Association and Thorpe Bay Rotary Club joined forces to organise a festive celebration and farmers’ market.

Leanne Jarvis, who was a contestant on the TV talent show the Voice, sang three songs, Southend United manager Phil Brown held a question-and-answer session and the Funky Voices choir sang carols.

There was also a hog roast, fairground rides, mulled wine, mince pies and, of course a chance for youngsters to meet Father Christmas.

Ruby Bhasin, one of the organisers, who owns Cafe Ciao, in Thorpe Bay Broadway, said: “We had a very good turnout and it was amazing to get the support of so many people. Me and AR Adams funeral directors are the founding members of the association and we are pleased with how this, our first event, went.

“The aim of the group is to encourage people to shop here first, rather than going to Southend.”

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9:09am Tue 3 Dec 13

LoopyLou88 says...

I would prefer the broadway not to become packed like southend town center, the whole point I shop there is because it isn't packed!!!!
I would prefer the broadway not to become packed like southend town center, the whole point I shop there is because it isn't packed!!!! LoopyLou88

12:33pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Little Dave says...

I think the headline is a little misleading; it is hard to believe that thousands turned out, may be a few hundred.
Anyway, my main point is that many people like shopping in the Broadway, I know I do. The population is well catered for in terms of banking services, restaurants and retail premises as well as chemists, bars, bakers and coffee shops.
The real problem is parking. Too many of those that work in these establishments park in the road for much longer than they should on a regular basis and the enforcement officers seem to turn a blind eye. I know of three or four cars that break the parking regulations daily but nothing is done which forces those who drive and would like to shop there to park further away or indeed go elsewhere.
I think the headline is a little misleading; it is hard to believe that thousands turned out, may be a few hundred. Anyway, my main point is that many people like shopping in the Broadway, I know I do. The population is well catered for in terms of banking services, restaurants and retail premises as well as chemists, bars, bakers and coffee shops. The real problem is parking. Too many of those that work in these establishments park in the road for much longer than they should on a regular basis and the enforcement officers seem to turn a blind eye. I know of three or four cars that break the parking regulations daily but nothing is done which forces those who drive and would like to shop there to park further away or indeed go elsewhere. Little Dave

3:25pm Tue 3 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Little Dave wrote:
I think the headline is a little misleading; it is hard to believe that thousands turned out, may be a few hundred.
Anyway, my main point is that many people like shopping in the Broadway, I know I do. The population is well catered for in terms of banking services, restaurants and retail premises as well as chemists, bars, bakers and coffee shops.
The real problem is parking. Too many of those that work in these establishments park in the road for much longer than they should on a regular basis and the enforcement officers seem to turn a blind eye. I know of three or four cars that break the parking regulations daily but nothing is done which forces those who drive and would like to shop there to park further away or indeed go elsewhere.
1000's....yes i thought it odd when i read it, when only the other week the Echo said 100's turned out the the very big Leigh Rd and Broadway lights switch on....that was more like 1000's.!
[quote][p][bold]Little Dave[/bold] wrote: I think the headline is a little misleading; it is hard to believe that thousands turned out, may be a few hundred. Anyway, my main point is that many people like shopping in the Broadway, I know I do. The population is well catered for in terms of banking services, restaurants and retail premises as well as chemists, bars, bakers and coffee shops. The real problem is parking. Too many of those that work in these establishments park in the road for much longer than they should on a regular basis and the enforcement officers seem to turn a blind eye. I know of three or four cars that break the parking regulations daily but nothing is done which forces those who drive and would like to shop there to park further away or indeed go elsewhere.[/p][/quote]1000's....yes i thought it odd when i read it, when only the other week the Echo said 100's turned out the the very big Leigh Rd and Broadway lights switch on....that was more like 1000's.! DogsMessInLeigh

5:28pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bernard Manning says...

Filthy Phil Brown held a question and answer session?!?!?!?!? Very friggin' festive!
Filthy Phil Brown held a question and answer session?!?!?!?!? Very friggin' festive! Bernard Manning

6:12pm Tue 3 Dec 13

lucy10 says...

I WENT TO THE ONE AT CLUNY SQ ON FRIDAY THAT WAS MUCH BETTER
I WENT TO THE ONE AT CLUNY SQ ON FRIDAY THAT WAS MUCH BETTER lucy10

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