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The Kursaal at Southend


Comment on The Kursaal at Southend

I remember family trips to Southend as a child in the sixties. I recall sitting on the beach across from the Kursaal while pitched battles took place between Mods on their scooters, and Rockers on the motorbikes! I also remember going to my first live rock concert in the seventies, Staus Quo live at the Kursaal! I am pleased to read here that since I left the UK for California, the Kursaal has been reborn!

Comment on The Kursaal at Southend posted 2008-07-16 by Andrew Witham from California, USA


Comment on The Kursaal at Southend

I've seen the Kursaal time and again when visiting Southend, a place that's grown on me over the years. The social history of such places is precious and I'm glad it's been saved. I hope it's not too late to keep many other sea side places, loved and visited by working people, for time within and beyond living memory.

Comment on The Kursaal at Southend posted 2008-02-19 by Angela Picknell from London


Comment on The Kursaal at Southend

The very first time I saw the sea was at Southend in 1947. Being an landlubber from Bedfordshire, it was an excursion which took me there, Age 13, I headed for the Kursaal with the few shillings I had to spend, and several friends to enjoy the experience with. My mother headed for the beach with my sister. The Wall of Death nearly frightened me to death, the switchback was the best I'd ever been on. All too soon it was time to go for the excursion train home. It was an exciting experience for this young peasant girl.

Comment on The Kursaal at Southend posted 2007-12-17 by maureen randall kerr from west Lothian


Comment on The Kursaal at Southend

Every year, I would either join my family or go with friends to Southend by coach to 'see the lights'. Walking the front at night, I never once saw the sea. I knew it was there though - I could smell it, and feel it. A ride up the pier to view the lights from afar was wonderful, like a necklace of colour and light. Back along the front, eating candyfloss and cockles while chatting excitedly to friends over the din of the music and pinging off the one arm bandits. The wonderful smell of candyfloss, toffee apples competing with vinegar-laden fish and chips, yum! A quick stop at the "Hole in the Wall, or some other refreshment stop, then speed the pace upwards and onwards to the Kursaal - our highlight of the night. Where we would pay our money to go every direction apart from inside out. The Helta Skelta, the Catapiller, The Rota, The Glass bowl, The Noah Ark, not forgetting to knock the lady out of bed! Grabbing a couple of sticks of rock and a jar of cockles, we would make our way back very quickly for our coach home, laughing about what we had experienced, hanging on to our silly hats and ignoring the cold biting wind. Aaaah HAPPY DAYS!A memory much treasured and re-lived many, many times.

Comment on The Kursaal at Southend posted 2007-09-03 by Jan Spary from Kettering


Comment on The Kursaal at Southend

Dr Feelgood played here

Comment on The Kursaal at Southend posted 2006-11-13 by Lance Rundle from Raynes Park


Comment on The Kursaal at Southend

I love the kursal its a fun place to be

Comment on The Kursaal at Southend posted 2006-04-07 by Lynda Masters from Northampton