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1996

Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre Opened - This large indoor and outdoor sports centre has built up year-on-year with more to come.  With a new Cricket Academy and an Olympic Dive and Swim Centre, the future looks good.  The current facilities are run by Creative Leisure.

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Spice Girls - The legendary Radio One Roadshow was in town this year and appeared in Priory Park with one remarkable act called the Spice Girls performing Wannabe live on stage.

Keddies Shuts Up Shop - After 104 years the famous independent department store on Southend High Street finally locked it's doors for the last time.  It was a case of sweet and sour on 26th February 1996, as shoppers left for the last time with plenty of bargains, and sadly 20 staff were made redundant.  The signs of the retail times heralded the store going into receivership in January and all the staff including Chairman David Keddie being made redundant.

 1996 - Southend United 2 : 1 Ipswich Town

 

Leigh Town Council is formed - Leigh-on-Sea, although part of the Borough of Southend, does have its own identity and unique nature.  The Leigh-on-Sea Town Council formed in 1996 can provide direct support and influence to how this area moves forward.Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Website

New Odeon Opens -  Southend caOdeonught up with the times; a sparkling new multiplex opened in November 1996 on Victoria Plaza.  On the old site of the former Municipal College.  The previous Odeon site further down the High Street closed on 5th April 1997.

Big Brother Arrives - Southend entered a new era in 1996 by employing the use of some 24 cameras placed along High Street, all monitored 24 hrs a day from the Civic Centre.  Mainly aimed to protect the shoppers and the businesses from crime.  A far cry from the current compliment of a growing number in the region of 300 cameras producing TV quality images across the borough, all observed from a specially designed control room.

 

 

Pamela Mason Dies - An author, actress, talk-show host and former wife of the actor James Mason, died on Saturday at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 80. Pamela Helen Mason was born in Southend-on-Sea, the daughter of Isadore and Helen Ostrer. Her father was a mill owner and was also in the movie business. Mrs. Mason said that part of her later success was that she left school at age 9; education, she said, only confuses the mind.

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