Southend Pier will be closed to the public during the daytime for two days.

Tomorrow (Thursday, September 23) and Friday, September 24 the pier will be closed to members of the public for a private school event on HMS Leigh.

The pier will be open to the public in the evenings from 5pm – 8pm with last entry at 7pm.

The famed pier will fully reopen to the public at 10am on Saturday, September 25 to HMS Leigh ‘The Bravest Pier in the World’ event ticket holders.

During the Second World War Southend Pier was taken over by the Royal Navy and was renamed HMS Leigh and was closed to the public on September 9, 1939.

The pier served as it served as a mustering point for convoys and was the naval control base for the Thames Estuary.

HMS Leigh was handed back to Southend Council on October 15, 1945. 

'The Bravest Pier in the World' will explore the history of the pier and the vital role it played during the Second Wold War.

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