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Kursaal Memories: A History of Southend's Amusement Park

109 pages
Very good condition - like new

Southend was the nearest seaside resort to London. Following Sir John Lubbock’s Bank Holiday Act of 1871, the first Monday in August became a national holiday, and the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway Company posted bills on hoardings all over London advertising Southend as the capital’s nearest resort.

In 1883 the East London Observer commented:

Everyone seemed to recognise that the August Holiday was, of all others, the one for suburban outings or seaside trips rather than the peculiar enjoyments derivable from parading the streets.

The East Ender could enjoy the toy stalls, photographic studios, coconut shies, kiss-in-the-ring, pony and donkey riding, steam roundabouts and swings. ... at Southend such entertainment was provided, seasonally, for many years on the seafront greens. Southend became known as Whitechapel-on-Sea. When the Marine Park, and then the Kursaal opened, they provided the same sort of entertainments, but this time, bigger and better.

The Kursaal remained a major destination, especially for day-trippers and works outings from the East End of London, until the 1960s.There were several annual events for which the Kursaal was justly famous.
These included the New Year’s Eve Ball, the charity dinner for deprived children, sponsored by the Alexandra Yacht Club, and the Old People’s Dinner.
The Kursaal was used as the setting for scenes in a number of films and episodes of television shows, among them The Avengers, The Prisoner, Nearest and Dearest (when it was supposed to be Blackpool!) and the films Over the Moon and Twenty-One Days.
The Kursaal was largely self-supporting, with its own ice-cream and rock factories, greenhouses and laundry....

The story of The Kursaal with black & white photos on nearly every page
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