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                                                   1964

Mascot Cinema Destroyed by Fire - Located on the junction with Beedell Avenue and London Road, in Westcliff-on-Sea.  This huge cinema was devastated by fire on 27th October; started due to gross vandalism by a group of teenagers letting off fireworks inside the cinema.  One of which went behind the screen and smouldered there.  The building being very dry caught light and it did not take long before it was fully alight. 

The footprint of this cinema is now taken by retail units and little is left to remind today's shoppers of the site's history.

Plastics Business Fire - Toymakers Gordon Plastics suffered two catastrophic fires within days at their premises in Beach Road not far from the Kursaal, during October.  Effectively putting the company out of business and between 70 and 80 people out of work.

General Election

15th October 1964 

 

Southend West                                Majority 11,007

  • Paul Channon Con 25,555
  • Gurth Hoyer Millar Lib 14,548
  • Rex Winsbury Lab 10,423

 

 

 

Southend East                                                   Majority 3,367

 

  • Sir Stephen McAdden Con 19,775
  • Ald EJ Trevett Labour 16,408
  • Ald David Evans Liberal 6,296

 

Earls Hall Meets its End - One of many Halls that stood proudly around Southend, but this one finally was demolished this year.   It stood opposite the gates of Priory Park, and in its heyday came under the ownership of some revered people such as Sir Arundell Neave, Richard Lord Rich and Daniel, Earl of Nottingham.  Although the name 'Earl' came from another family, the de Vere's, Earls of Oxford.

 

 

The Standard Guide -

Produced by local newspaper 'The Southend Standard'. Pocket sized and ideal for the visitor wanting to know more about the area.

 

 

 

 

The Cliffs Pavilion Box Office Finally Opens - After a long wait, some 25 years, the Southend public and beyond could take advantage of all the latest in home grown theatre, and national touring productions on 4th July 1964, at a grand cost of £400,000.  In a conscious attempt to raise the cultural offering the first production was the ballet Coppelia.  This venue is now one of the largest theatres of its kind this side of the M25.  Well known for its annual pantomime which attracts some of the biggest names in show-biz.  Currently owned an operated as a HQ Theatre alongside the Palace Theatre.   

Southend Celebrates its 50th year as a County Borough - The pier in recognition of this charged 'One Penny' for one day only.

Southend Central Fire Station in Sutton Road is Open - Mr HM Smith CBE MIFireE, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services performed the official opening ceremony on Friday 25th September.  The ceremony included a full drill of the Southend Fire personnel accompanied by the Band of the London Fire Brigade.

New Civic Offices - The Civic Quarter was taking shape, the main tower block of the Civic Centre was finished and offices were being occupied, although the conference centre around the ground floor was still yet to be complete.

Kent Elms Arrives - In July Kent Elms to the west of the town and on the A127 received a new branch library and doctors clinic all opened formally by the Mayor, Alderman E.E. Morris.

 

 

 A World First:  Southend became home to the worlds first completely precast mult-storey building.  Baryta House in Victoria Avenue went up a storey a week in 1964.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Comments

Your timeline page for 1964 refers to the Golden Anniversary of Southend's status as a County Borough and mentions that the pier charged only a penny for that day.

The event is more significant in my memory for that fact that all schools were given a day's holiday. On that day the Kursaal was open only to secondary school pupils and charged a 1d admission with each ride costing only 1d each. This meant that a lot of fun could be had for a few shillings and the amusement park was packed that day. A similar arrangement existed for primary school pupils at Peter Pan's Playground. My mother walked my younger brothers down to PPP (from Kensington Rd) and dropped me off at the Kursaal en-route.

Hope that is useful

Warwick Conway

 

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