HUNDREDS of art enthusiasts visited a former fire station turned art gallery to see the work of pupils from 11 schools.

Southend West MP Sir David Amess and Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris were among the visitors who enjoyed viewing the work on display.

Sir David praised the “absolutely wonderful display” and the high standards achieved.

The old fire station is now home to fourteen artist’s studios and used for a huge range of community events and workshops.

Brian Hickey, who manages the centre, said: “It was a real pleasure to have the The Arts Society choose Hadleigh Old Fire Station as the venue. The standard of student’s work was exceptional. I was impressed Chairman Rosemary Sudlow and her team managed to involve eleven of the area’s schools. I hope this will become a regular event” Artwork was submitted by Belfairs Academy, Chase High School, Eastwood Academy, The FitzWimarc School, Shoebury High School, Southend High School for Boys, Southend High School for Girls, St Bernards High School, The Sweyne Park School, Westcliff High School for Boys and Westcliff High School for Girls.