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2005

Millenium Final Again - 10th April 2005- Southend United returned to Cardiff in April 2005 to have another crack at the LDV Trophy. Another 2-0 defeat this time after extra time to Wrexham. The team: Flahavan, Jupp, Barrett, Gower, Maher, Bentley, Pettefer, Gray, Prior, Wilson, Eastwood. Subs: Edwards, Dudfield, Holloway, McCormack, Guttridge

 

 

 

RSL Arrives - On 2 March 2005 the Government announced its approval of the establishment of an Urban Regeneration Company (URC) for Southend-on-Sea. The announcement was made by Keith Hill M.P., Minister for Housing and Planning in the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister, in his keynote speech to a Local Government Association conference. The Southend URC has been formally called ‘Renaissance Southend Limited’.

New Flats Gains Award

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One of the first new developments on the former barracks at Shoebury gained an architectural design award.

Southend East re-named - From 21st April 2005, the rail station known as Southend East.  Will be called "Southend East for Southchurch Village".  The station was originally called Southend East to try and encourage the spread visitors along the coast.

Time Team Film Special - Channel 4 arrived in Southend to film a Time Team Special called the King of Bling.  Capturing the story of the magnificent Saxon Finds off Priory Crescent. 

Shrimpers Promoted - This year saw a second trip to the Millenium Stadium for Southend United.  This time for the play off final against Lincoln City.  The prize to win promotion to League One watch as the drama unfolded:

 

 

 

 

New MP for Southend East - After 15 years diligent service Sir Teddy Taylor made way for James Dudderidge in the General Election.  Sir Teddy was welcomed to the seat with loud boos ands catcalls ringing in his ears with only a 430 majority.  His hard work saw him gain a 51.6% majority in the 2001 General Election, leaving the seat relatively safe for his new successor.

General Election 2005

Thursday 5th May

The country returned Prime Minister Tony Blair 

 

Southend West                                                  Majority 8,959

  • David Amess Con 18,408          
  • Peter Wexham Lib 9,449
  • Jan Etienne Lab 9,072
  • Carole Sampson UKIP 1,349
  • Marimutu Velmurgan Ind 745
  • Jeremy Moss Eng Dem 701
  • Dan Anslow Max Power Party 106

 

 

Southend East                                                    Majority 5,490

  • James Dudderidge Con 17,874          
  • Fred Grindrod Lab 12,384
  • Graham Longley Lib 5,967
  • John Croft UKIP 1,913
  • Andrew Vaughan 1,328

 

New Home for Cricket - Garon is a famous name attributed to the Garon's who were famous retailers in the town for many years.  It is appropriate therefore That there name is remembered throguh this new location for the town's cricket.  Garon Park sits to the north of the town and is fast becoming the sporting village with a golf course and of cousre Southend Leisure and Tennis complex in its boundary.  Soon to join it will be a new swimming pool and Olympic class diving centre.  However, each August the town hosts the Essex County team who bring with them one of the top class national opponents.  In 2005 the inauguaral year for this ground they played Durham, during this game Andy Flowers hit a ground record high of 132 runs.

Pier's on Fire - Another fire at the pier-head, A pub, a railway station and other buildings were destroyed in the fire.  McGinty's pub, a restaurant, shops and toilet facilities collapsed into the Thames Estuary, taking part of the pier's wooden floor with them.  The fire which started at about 2240 BST on Sunday 9th October 2005.

Southend Pier

 

 

 

 

Horrors - The latest music sensation from Southend was formed in 2005 over a beer in the Royal Hotel.  This now international act are moving ontotheir second album and are made up of lads from Southend and Canvey Island. This band further underlines the amazing rate of success Southend has had over the years with mainstream music. 

Hamlet Court Road Bridge strengthening and improvement project completed

Pier Hill Opens - The Pier Hill Enhancement Project was formally opened on 19th January 2005 by Keith Hill MP, Minister for the Thames Gateway.  The project involved the complete revamping of Pier Hill and the amazing Viewing Tower.  Before the area was worn out with some tired relics of a sPier Hill Viewing Towereaside past long gone.  Even during the revamp a digger put it's huge shovel through the ground and straight into some old rooms fully intact, but long forgotten.  This new chapter is right for the era and matches in nicely with the new pier entrance and of course the lifeboat station at the end of the pier; the lifts can be temperamental however.  But the view from the tower is worth a visit.  The lifelines sculpture going down the slope of Pier Hill causes puzzlement the fountains that shoot up out of the ground cause great amusement for adults and kids alike, now can the rest of the pier catch up?

 

 After a public enquiry backs the F5 Priory Crescent road scheme Camp Bling is set up on the land where the road is proposed to pass including the site where the Saxon King relics were found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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