Three great programmes on one DVD.
The Summer of 1989. This video
captures the excitement of the special events put on by the council
marketing department. Join in the fun at Southend International Air
Show, the motorcycle rally and the Last Night of the Proms in Priory
Park. There's street theatre in the High Street, the Thames Barge
Match, the last ever Fun Raft Race at Thorpe Bay and the famous
carnival. Southend-on-Sea - The Place to Be, captures the excitement
of these memorable events. Running time 29 mins. Colour.
Driving Through Essex. The year
is 1947. Essex Police decide that the time had come to set up a
traffic division. Two constables are sent out to film our behaviour
on the highways and byways of this county. Their film captures a
snapshot of life in Rayleigh, Brentwood, Romford, Chelmsford and
Clacton as the county returns to normal after the Second World War.
Running time 20 mins. Black & white.
Essex Floods 1953. Filmed in
the days just after this tragic event. Produced to show how the
emergency services coped with reconstruction of the breached
defences around our coastline. Featuring footage shot on Canvey
Island, Jaywick and Harwich. Running time 9 mins. Black & white.
Extra Feature: Down Memory Lane
with Jim Worsdale. Recorded in the early 1990s, these two audio
programmes feature the recollections of local people. They recall
Southend in its heyday as a seaside destination. The war years, the
floods of 1953, and much more. The programmes are hosted by Jim
Worsdale, for so many years editor of the Southend Evening Echo.
Running time 100 mins. Audio only.