• Life give an acoustic twist to rap and hip hop

    WHEN you think of rap and hip-hop, you don’t usually think think of saxophones and acoustic guitars. But Basildon outfit Life are out to change that, with a unique blend of soul and hip hop, which they’ll showcase at Southend store DNA Wear this weekend

  • Back my girl Kara to win Strictly says dad

    THE proud dad of Strictly Come Dancing star Kara Tointon is urging the residents of south Essex to back the former Westcliff schoolgirl as she bids for the series’ crown tomorrow night. Kara, 27, is favourite to win the popular BBC One dancing competition

  • X Factor star Paije to sing at Mayhem

    HE left the X Factor following a tense sing-off with Cheryl Cole’s girl Cher Lloyd, but tonight soul singer Paije Richard-son will be coming to Mayhem to make a special appearance. Paije is one of a string of X Factor finalists to appear at Mayhem on

  • Singing out at Christmas

    BASILDON’S resident choir celebrates Christmas tonight with its annual concert of seasonal music. Basildon Choral Society’s programme is modelled on the famous service of nine lessons and nine carols held at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. The music

  • Three arrested in crime clampdown

    THREE people have been arrested as part of an operation designed to hound burglars in the run up to Christmas. Police have been taking part in Operation Bright Shadow which sees them following their most prolific offenders as they go about their day-to-day

  • Two arrested after helicopter circles over Billericay

    TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of trying to steal metal from an industrial estate. The police chopper hovered over Billericay at about 11.30pm yesterday in an effort to track down the suspects. It is believed they were trying

  • Library service may be run as a trust

    ESSEX County Council’s award winning library service could be transferred into a trust to save almost £1million. The library service has repeatedly considered the financial benefits of setting up a trust, but is concerned about the loss of control over

  • Jessica and Sophie win gold for Essex

    JESSICA Judd and Sophie Riches continued their fine cross-country form by winning southern intercounties titles. Rayleigh’s Riches, who runs for Chelmsford, won the under 15 girls race by eight seconds from Surrey’s Harriet Preedy and led her Essex

  • Mayor stops critic speaking at debate

    A ROW has erupted over whether a mayor broke council rules by refusing a resident permission to speak at a meeting. Mayor David Cross barred Colin Letchford from asking why the Castle Point Council had not made a safety assessment for a tidal paddling

  • 170 pupils – and not a day off among them!

    KEEN Canvey schoolkids have been rewarded for not missing a single day of school. Some 170 of Cornelius Vermuyden School’s 920 pupils have earned bronze badges for 100 per cent attendance this term. The school, in Dinant Avenue, operates a scheme under

  • Community suggestions for savings are revealed

    SOUTHEND Council has revealed that residents in Southend want to see services including adult care and rubbish collections protected from cuts. Next year the council will get £64million funding, down nine per cent, and £58.75million the following year

  • Easton: Blues are back on track

    SOUTHEND United skipper Craig Easton believes Blues are back on track after winning at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday. Paul Sturrock’s side produced one of their best performances of the season to see off the Robins 2-0. And Easton now wants

  • Basildon Council staff wait for job axe to fall

    ANXIOUS council workers are still waiting to hear their fate after it was announced 100 jobs will be axed. Basildon Council is looking to slash 10 per cent of its workforce by March 2012 after the Government cut its funding by £2.3million.

  • Cafe boss quits over contracts row with council

    A POPULAR park could be without its cafe for some time after its owner decided to quit in a row with the council. Tony Griffiths, 62, will call time on his six years at the helm of the cafe in Billericay’s Lake Meadows, after the council decided to

  • Frosty brings Seasiders some early Xmas cheer

    SOUTHEND Rugby Club coach Jamie Connors wants his side to sign off for the Christmas break in style with a win over struggling Hinckley at Warners Bridge tomorrow. After this Saturday, the Seasiders are not in action for three weeks. And Connor therefore

  • Derby day looms for local rugby

    IT is derby day for south east Essex rugby tomorrow as Westcliff take on Thurrock in London One North and Canvey Island host Rochford Hundred in London Two North East. Westcliff are enjoying a fantastic season and are currently 12 points clear at the

  • Teen stars learn from Olympic champion Kelly

    A TRIO of south Essex runners were selected by Dame Kelly Holmes to take part in a mentoring programme held by the double Olympic champion herself. Basildon AC’s Gemma Kersey and Kaylee Dodd plus Rayleigh’s Sophie Riches attended the “Future Stars with

  • Fury as new vans stripped of catalytic converters

    A BOSS has hit out at thieves who put his brand new fleet of vans out of action – and left him thousands of pounds out of pocket. Paul Standen, general manager at Thermoshield Windows, blasted the crooks after they stole four catalytic converters

  • Gachette enjoying emergence at Pirates

    ZACH Gachette is revelling in his emergence at the Essex Pirates this season. The 20-year-old, who is a product of the club’s educational AASE system, played just a bit part for the Southend based side last term. But Gachette has now become a regular

  • Masterplan is opportunity to transform town centre

    Joyce Backham questions the cost of the Basildon town centre masterplan and moving from the Basildon Centre, (Huge Cost of Master Plan, December 14). Let me reassure her and other residents this agreement with Barratt Homes/Wilson Bowden is

  • Uni is not be all and end all

    I attended a fee-paying school as my parents believed it would give me better opportunities in my career. At the end of each school year, a notice was placed in the assembly hall detailing the various careers and employments the sixth formers

  • Programmed not to share

    John Bathurst propounds the need for a world of serendipity by the equal distribution of its resources (December 9). Unfortunately, there is one group which does not subscribe to this view. The name of this group is homo sapiens. W H Diment

  • Anna, listen to town residents

    Yet again councillor Anna Waite knows what’s best for Southend, despite the wishes of most of its residents. She wanted to build on the beaches at Westcliff but this was repelled. As cabinet member for transport, she set back the infrastructure

  • Southend accent?

    I was annoyed to read of yet another vicious and unwarranted attack on a young chap and his mate in Southend by a three thugs who got away with an iphone and a wallet. The description of the trio being of mixed race was easy enough to understand

  • Winging in praise

    On behalf of the trustees of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust I wish to thank all the servicemen and women involved in the recent outstanding concert at the Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff, performed by the Central Band of the RAF, the Salon Orchestra

  • No snoods is good snoods for Sturrock

    TOMORROW’S clash at Roots Hall is again likely to be played in freezing conditions but Southend United manager Paul Sturrock does not want his players to be wearing too much warm weather gear. A number of Premier League players, including Manchester

  • Grant fit to face Wycombe

    ANTHONY Grant insists he will be fine to face his former Wycombe Wanderers side tomorrow. The Southend United midfielder picked up a back problem during the midweek win at Cheltenham Town. But he returned to training yesterday and is

  • Betsy: Blues never saw the best of me

    KEVIN Betsy returns to Roots Hall tomorrow insisting he never showed his best form for Southend United. The Wycombe Wanderers winger made 50 appearances for Blues during an 18 month spell before joining the Chairboys last January. But he does not

  • Career prospects looking brighter in 2011, say local workers

    Despite difficulties in the job market over the past couple of years, workers in the South East are feeling positive about the coming 12 months. Research from our training provider Home Learning College shows that 52% of local residents in employment

  • Train delays due to overhead wiring problems

    TRAIN services have been disrupted between Shoebury and London Fenchurch Street due to wiring problems. Engineers are working on the scene after wiring problems were reported between Barking and West Ham. Short notice alterations, cancellations and

  • Wanted man sent back to prison

    A MAN has been sent back to jail following an appeal in the Echo. Jason Shaw, 32, was wanted by police for breaching the terms of his release from prison. He had previously been jailed for 12 months in August this year for theft.

  • Man has Christmas fund stolen

    A MAN had his Christmas fund snatched out of his hand. He had been counting out the cash in Darenth Lane, South Ockendon, when a thief barged into him and grabbed it. The victim, who is in his thirties, was left in a state of distress

  • Two in court on cannabis charges

    TWO men accused of growing cannabis will appear in court today. Hung Van Nguyen, 18 and Dung Van-Bui, 25 - both of who have not given an address to police - were arrested in Eldon Way, Hockley on Thursday. It follows the alleged discovery of 2,500

  • £3.5m nursing plan at former hotel site

    RESIDENTS have given a tentative approval to a £3.5million plan to build an 80-bed nursing home on the site of a former hotel. The Balmoral Hotel, in Valkyrie Road, Westcliff, closed in July after becoming economically unviable, and subsequent plans

  • I’m an author, aged 12 – thanks to my school

    A young author has had her first book published at the age of 12. Thorpe Bay youngster Sophie Powell wrote Princess and Floppy Ears, the story of a pony and a rabbit, after being inspired by her former home on a Surrey farm. The book

  • Hospital pays out millions on agency staff

    SOUTHEND Hospital spent more than £8.2million on agency staff last year and a lack of joined-up planning is being blamed for the bill. In the first six months of this financial year it has already run up a bill of almost £4.5million. The figures have

  • Sturrock: Time to sort out home form

    SOUTHEND United manager Paul Sturrock wants his side to sort out their home form, starting with tomorrow’s clash at Roots Hall against Wycombe Wanderers. Blues have won just three of their eight league matches on their own ground so far this

  • Widdrington departure for footballing reasons

    TOMMY Widdrington’s departure from Southend United was purely down to footballing reasons. The former Salisbury City boss parted company with Blues on Wednesday and mystery initially surrounded his departure. The club issued only a short

  • adam davis

    Congratulations ADAM DAVIS Formerly of Southend High School for Boys, on his graduation in Economics and Finance from Louisiana State Univ, USA.

  • kim tait

    Kim TAIT 18-12-1994 In Loving memory of our Dear Kim, Still missed so much. Love Mum, Carol, Jayne, Claire, Sara, Nephews and Nieces. xxx

  • ron goodliffe

    Ron GOODLIFFE 05.08.1921 - 17.12.2006 We miss you always, As without you our family is not complete. Love Wife Doreen and all the Children x x

  • Harry Handley

    Harry HANDLEY 04-03-1934 - 19-12-2006 'Our Dad' Heaven made an angel then sent him from above, Just to be our Dad and fill our world with love; He filled our world with sunshine for such a long while. We never thought there'd be a time when we would

  • Sally HEDAUX

    Sally HEDAUX Passed away 12th December 2010 aged 67 years Beloved Mum of Katherine, Lisa and Jonathan Funeral service to take place at Southend on Sea Crematorium on Wednesday 22nd December at 11.20am All friends welcome Family flowers only but donations

  • outten outten

    Brian Edward OUTTEN Husband of the late Pauline Francis Outten. Passed away on 6th December, aged 75. He will be sadly missed by his Daughter Michelle and two Son's Danny and Dave. Funeral service is being held on 20th December at 12 noon at

  • dorothy appleton

    APPLETON (Doll) Dorothy Passed away on 10th December 2010 aged 80 years. Beloved Wife of Dave and much loved Mum to Jill, David, Jeanette, Gary, Sue and Paul and adored Nan She will be greatly missed. Her funeral service to take place at Sutton

  • Pauline BOWEN

    Pauline BOWEN Nee THORBY Sadly passed away 13th December 2010 Will be greatly missed by Sue, Carol, Beverley, Paul, Alan, her wonderful Grandchildren and friends A true inspiration to us all Funeral to be held on Wednesday 22nd December at 2pm at


    Gwendoline Dorothy SMITH 24.05.1923 - 19.12.2000 Treasured memories of a dearly loved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Forever in our hearts. Love from Brenda, Stephen.

  • alaxander mrs

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH To whoever returned my address book, my faith in human nature has been restored with Thanks Mrs Alaxander.


    Stuart BRYANTHappy 21st Birthday 19th December 2010 You finally made it. Love from Mum and Co xxx21




    Peter Vernon MACE Passed away 6th December 2010 Sadly missed. Funeral service at Pitsea Crematorium Wednesday 22nd December at 2pm. All friends welcome

  • george wilkinson

    George Alfred WILKINSON Retired Senior Highways Inspector in Southend Passed away after a long illness on 26th November 2010, aged 77 years. Avril and the Family wish to THANK all who attended George's funeral and sent flowers or donations. Special

  • brough albert

    Albert William BROUGH (Bill) Dad 25 years have passed, and I miss you as much today as when you so sadley left. My heart breaks with so much sadness, but I also carry many happy memories. I will never forget you. I love always and forever

  • Harry Handley

    HARRY 04-03- 1934 - 19-12- 2006 Welcome to my world its a lonely place to be, There is a constant void, the naked eye cant see; And if you see me smiling, please look into my heart. You'll see the pain within, since we have been apart, So while I

  • lucy and del 0

    LUCY & DEL Congratulations on the Birth of Joshua Weighing 7lb 12 oz on the 8th December 2010 A Brother for Phoebe Love from Mum, Dad and all the Family xx

  • Bryan MOTT

    MOTT Bryan David Sadly passed away in Southend Hospital on 12th December 2010 aged 82 years Funeral service to be held at Southend Crematorium South Chapel on Tuesday 21st December at 3.40pm All welcome Family flowers only please but donations for

  • brooker evans

    Brooke Amy EVANS 25th July 2006 - 1st December 2010 Passed away peacefully at home. She was a dearly beloved Daughter of Jay and Eve and a loving Sister to Taya. She will be forever missed. Funeral to take place at Southend Crematorium on Monday


    Elizabeth (Betty) BASTYAN Fell asleep on 11th December 2010 aged 84 years A much loved Mum and Nan Funeral service to be held on Wednesday 22nd December at 12.40 at Basildon Crematorium All friends welcome Floral tributes or enquiries c/o A.W. Alden

  • Queenie CATON

    Queenie CATON Beloved Wife of the late Bill Passed away 10th December 2010 aged 99 years Funeral service to take place at Southend on Sea Crematorium on Thursday 30th December at 2.00pm Flowers or donations to Essex Air Ambulance may be sent c/o

  • Dennis HORNER

    Dennis William HORNER 7.8.1928 - 11.12.2010 Passed away peacefully at home and is sadly missed by his Family and friends Funeral service at Southend Crematorium on Friday 31st December at 11.40am

  • Patricia SANDS

    Patricia SANDS "Pat" Passed away peacefully at home on 8th December 2010 A wonderful caring lady who will be sorely missed by her Husband, Children and Grandchildren Funeral at Southend Crematorium on Wednesday 22nd December 2010 at 1.20pm followed


    PRICE Margret Died 17th December 1969 Also Sylvia PRICE Died 17th December 2006 And Jim PRICE (Dad) Of Canvey Island. Remembered always Jennie and Karien. xxx


    LEX WHITEHEAD TERRIBLE TEEN ! 18.12.1997 Lots of love Mum, Dad, Jack and Family xxxx 13


    LOWING JOHN Died 18th December 2004. In loving memory of a Dear Husband. I still love and miss you every day. Love Rose Miss you Dad and Grandad. Love you always Chris and Ellie. We miss you lots Grandad. Love Ashley, Craig, Marc and Leisha.


    Milly YACOMEN 19.12.08 It broke my heart Mum When the Angels came for you The was nothing I could do They knew you were tired And wanted you pain free I'm so glad you waited for me It broke my heart But I knew you would be free. God bless Mum Johanne