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The sun shone from early morn to dewy eve; his somewhat warm attentions being tempered by a cool and steady breeze.Very early in the morning the incoming excursion trains began to unload their human cargoes; the railway stations, like gigantic hearts, beat at regular intervals and sent the human tides flowing outwards, to disperse themselves along the various arteries and veins of the town.If you have any comments we will be pleased to receive them via email at [email protected] Cooks Coaches offer good value for money short breaks and holidays, a comprehensive day excursion programme, and private and contract coach hire.We are a family business having been operating in the Southend-on-Sea area of Essex (40 miles east of London) for over 100 years during which time we have built up a reputation for reliability, honesty and courtesy.At times it seemed that the pier would not be restored and might even be closed, but somehow it has continued to stay open, a train still runs the length of the pier, and the buildings at the pier-head have been restored.Time for a Bank Holiday walk along the pier: Once you start walking along the pier, the beauty of the estuary sky becomes apparent.
Southend on Sea is on the Thames Estuary, not quite the open sea, and very different to the river that passes through London.The Southend Standard from August 1910 provides a wonderful description of Southend on an August Bank Holiday: “HOW SOUTHEND SPENT BANK HOLIDAY – Last year Bank Holiday was cold and wet, and holiday makers had a good deal of their enjoyment marred by cold winds and frequent showers.This year however, the Clerk of Weather changed his mind for once, and was in his most genial mood.Such crowds there were too; everyone in their holiday rig; artisans and their wives, the poorer class of clerks, ‘Arry in fearsome ties, the latest cut of trousers, and bowler or straw hat stuck jauntily on one side; ‘Arriet in all the glory of purple velveteen, brown boots and large hat with sweeping ostrich feather; everybody and his uncle as the saying goes, was in the crowd that ceaselessly passed down the high street and spread itself along the front.
By midday, the Parade was a sight worth seeing; right away from Westcliffe to Luna Park, the great mass of holiday making humanity moved to and fro and back again, like the tides of the estuary, merry laughter, jokes and greetings were everywhere.
Passenger ships from the heart of the City would ferry day visitors to Southend, and with the opening of two rail lines (Fenchurch Street to Southend Central in 1856 and Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria in 1889), large numbers of Londoners would make their way to experience a day on the coast and to walk along the pier. As this is a Bank Holiday weekend, it seemed appropriate to join the thousands of Londoners who have made the same journey over the years and take a trip out to Southend on Sea.