Southend Pier voted as one of England's top attractions

Southend Pier voted as one of England's top attractions

Southend Pier voted as one of England's top attractions

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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 responsible for culture and tourism, said: “We’ve always known the world-famous pier is our jewel in the crown and this just goes to prove it.

“It’s absolutely fantastic we’ve made it into the final 60 and alongside some other fantastic and traditional English places and events.

“However, I would urge local people and our visitors who love the pier so dearly to vote for it as their favourite and see it crowned as number one!”

In 1829, the Lord Mayor of London, Sir William Thompson, laid the first foundation stone of the pier, and by 1848, it had become the longest pier in Europe.

The wooden pier was later replaced by an iron structure and was completed by 1889.

Visit England launched a search in February to establish the country’s hall of fame when it asked the public what England’s most attractive destinations were.

The winning destination will go on display alongside 18 of the best UK tourist locations in a one-off exhibition on London’s Southbank.

The exhibition, which will celebrate what England has to offer in the world of tourism, will be held from Wednesday, April 23 until Wednesday, April 30.

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

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7:09am Tue 8 Apr 14

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2:22pm Sun 6 Apr 14
Howard Cháse says...

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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
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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.
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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.
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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?
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It is quite impressive, especially when boats keep crashing into it or it's burning down again.
That ap-pier-s to be sarcasm!
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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...
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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.
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It is quite impressive, especially when boats keep crashing into it or it's burning down again.
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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.....
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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.
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I can see the list on the latest UK travel brochures, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Hampton court, Southend Pier..........
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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.
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Good grief have they seen it ?
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'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
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Could someone point this out to SBC please.
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Sort comments by 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 Score: 0 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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. Score: 0 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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. Score: -1 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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? Score: 0 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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! Score: 1 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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... Score: 1 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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. Score: 2 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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. Score: 4 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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..... Score: 2 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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. Score: 1 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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.......... Score: 1 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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. Score: 9 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 7:57pm Fri 4 Apr 14 jolllyboy says... Good grief have they seen it ? Score: -6 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 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 Score: 10 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » 5:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14 Howard Cháse says... Could someone point this out to SBC please. Score: 9 Like Dislike Quote » Report this post » Email me when a new comment is added Post a comment Name: carnmountyouknowitma kessense Comment Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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8:46am Tue 8 Apr 14

the citizen says...

I've just gone on to the Visit England web site to vote. Sadly, I won't now be voting because they want to send me rubbish emails I never asked for. If I go via facebook they want access to my email and photos and friends lists..so that's not going to happen either. Shame really but sorry...love the pier but not voting!
I've just gone on to the Visit England web site to vote. Sadly, I won't now be voting because they want to send me rubbish emails I never asked for. If I go via facebook they want access to my email and photos and friends lists..so that's not going to happen either. Shame really but sorry...love the pier but not voting! the citizen
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9:12am Tue 8 Apr 14

Nebs says...

the citizen wrote:
I've just gone on to the Visit England web site to vote. Sadly, I won't now be voting because they want to send me rubbish emails I never asked for. If I go via facebook they want access to my email and photos and friends lists..so that's not going to happen either. Shame really but sorry...love the pier but not voting!
I voted a week ago, and they do NOT have to send emails, you only tick the boxes you want, and give them your name and email address. I have received nothing from them.

Their website is terrible to navigate, has a rotten design where part of the pictures are obscured by writing, and the survey itself is biased as, for example, they use tennis racquets as the icon for sport while offering wimbledon as one of the choices. But that means it is worth the effort to vote as many people will be put off by the layout of the site.
[quote][p][bold]the citizen[/bold] wrote: I've just gone on to the Visit England web site to vote. Sadly, I won't now be voting because they want to send me rubbish emails I never asked for. If I go via facebook they want access to my email and photos and friends lists..so that's not going to happen either. Shame really but sorry...love the pier but not voting![/p][/quote]I voted a week ago, and they do NOT have to send emails, you only tick the boxes you want, and give them your name and email address. I have received nothing from them. Their website is terrible to navigate, has a rotten design where part of the pictures are obscured by writing, and the survey itself is biased as, for example, they use tennis racquets as the icon for sport while offering wimbledon as one of the choices. But that means it is worth the effort to vote as many people will be put off by the layout of the site. Nebs
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9:34am Tue 8 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

Nebs wrote:
the citizen wrote: I've just gone on to the Visit England web site to vote. Sadly, I won't now be voting because they want to send me rubbish emails I never asked for. If I go via facebook they want access to my email and photos and friends lists..so that's not going to happen either. Shame really but sorry...love the pier but not voting!
I voted a week ago, and they do NOT have to send emails, you only tick the boxes you want, and give them your name and email address. I have received nothing from them. Their website is terrible to navigate, has a rotten design where part of the pictures are obscured by writing, and the survey itself is biased as, for example, they use tennis racquets as the icon for sport while offering wimbledon as one of the choices. But that means it is worth the effort to vote as many people will be put off by the layout of the site.
sounds like they got a web designer, on the cheap, from somewhere....
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the citizen[/bold] wrote: I've just gone on to the Visit England web site to vote. Sadly, I won't now be voting because they want to send me rubbish emails I never asked for. If I go via facebook they want access to my email and photos and friends lists..so that's not going to happen either. Shame really but sorry...love the pier but not voting![/p][/quote]I voted a week ago, and they do NOT have to send emails, you only tick the boxes you want, and give them your name and email address. I have received nothing from them. Their website is terrible to navigate, has a rotten design where part of the pictures are obscured by writing, and the survey itself is biased as, for example, they use tennis racquets as the icon for sport while offering wimbledon as one of the choices. But that means it is worth the effort to vote as many people will be put off by the layout of the site.[/p][/quote]sounds like they got a web designer, on the cheap, from somewhere.... pembury53
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9:56am Tue 8 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Bliddy awful website.

Who designed that? I gave up after one or two clicks.

But then what do you expect from a quango that spends £8,500 on a perfume meant to represent the scents of England.

I had a sniff at one of these the other day and it had a really rather synthetic smell to it. Why is it when it comes to representing this country's culture and heritage there always has to be so little thought and investment?

Surely England deserves better than this.

Our iconic pier is the longest leisure pier in the world and surely deserves better promotion than this on an English tourism website.

They should have given the design of this site to a bunch of lads and lasses from selected secondary schools.

They might have done a better job.
Bliddy awful website. Who designed that? I gave up after one or two clicks. But then what do you expect from a quango that spends £8,500 on a perfume meant to represent the scents of England. I had a sniff at one of these the other day and it had a really rather synthetic smell to it. Why is it when it comes to representing this country's culture and heritage there always has to be so little thought and investment? Surely England deserves better than this. Our iconic pier is the longest leisure pier in the world and surely deserves better promotion than this on an English tourism website. They should have given the design of this site to a bunch of lads and lasses from selected secondary schools. They might have done a better job. Kim Gandy
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12:34pm Tue 8 Apr 14

jayman says...

I have always wondered why Southend pier is not used for walk on ferry services across to Kent. a ten pound fee could be charged and it would undercut the railway services by over 100% and people would actually use it.
I have always wondered why Southend pier is not used for walk on ferry services across to Kent. a ten pound fee could be charged and it would undercut the railway services by over 100% and people would actually use it. jayman
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6:03pm Tue 8 Apr 14

iknowbetter says...

jayman wrote:
I have always wondered why Southend pier is not used for walk on ferry services across to Kent. a ten pound fee could be charged and it would undercut the railway services by over 100% and people would actually use it.
It might have something to do with having to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe!!
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: I have always wondered why Southend pier is not used for walk on ferry services across to Kent. a ten pound fee could be charged and it would undercut the railway services by over 100% and people would actually use it.[/p][/quote]It might have something to do with having to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe!! iknowbetter
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11:06pm Tue 8 Apr 14

jayman says...

iknowbetter wrote:
jayman wrote:
I have always wondered why Southend pier is not used for walk on ferry services across to Kent. a ten pound fee could be charged and it would undercut the railway services by over 100% and people would actually use it.
It might have something to do with having to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe!!
there is one between gravesend and Tilbury. its been running for several hundred years in one form or another. It runs in narrower waters that is as busy with shipping. it costs about £3.50 for a return journey.
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: I have always wondered why Southend pier is not used for walk on ferry services across to Kent. a ten pound fee could be charged and it would undercut the railway services by over 100% and people would actually use it.[/p][/quote]It might have something to do with having to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe!![/p][/quote]there is one between gravesend and Tilbury. its been running for several hundred years in one form or another. It runs in narrower waters that is as busy with shipping. it costs about £3.50 for a return journey. jayman
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7:28am Wed 9 Apr 14

Cliff West says...

jayman wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
jayman wrote:
I have always wondered why Southend pier is not used for walk on ferry services across to Kent. a ten pound fee could be charged and it would undercut the railway services by over 100% and people would actually use it.
It might have something to do with having to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe!!
there is one between gravesend and Tilbury. its been running for several hundred years in one form or another. It runs in narrower waters that is as busy with shipping. it costs about £3.50 for a return journey.
Ferries cross from Dover to Calais all day long and that is also very busy.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: I have always wondered why Southend pier is not used for walk on ferry services across to Kent. a ten pound fee could be charged and it would undercut the railway services by over 100% and people would actually use it.[/p][/quote]It might have something to do with having to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe!![/p][/quote]there is one between gravesend and Tilbury. its been running for several hundred years in one form or another. It runs in narrower waters that is as busy with shipping. it costs about £3.50 for a return journey.[/p][/quote]Ferries cross from Dover to Calais all day long and that is also very busy. Cliff West
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