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    This a.m. I heard of the tragic murder of Sir David Amiss M.P..* What shocked me even more than his death was where this murder took place, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex..

    Among the many places I lived as a child and youth in England was Leigh-on-Sea, and my favorite.* Though it was only for a short time I remember it fondly.* I lived in Grange Road.

    On a Sunday my step-father would take me with him to a pub. I think it was called "The Ship".* I would stay by the door with a biscuit and a lemonade while he had his couple of beers and a yarn with his mates.* The pub was right next to the "cockle sheds'.* The boats left Leigh on the tide, went out to the cockle banks and using*a large rake gathered cockles and brought them back to Leigh on the next tide.* They cooked them in the sheds and shipped them fresh daily to London.

    After his beer, we would walk along the dozen sheds and finally he would buy a couple of pints and we took them home and that would be Sunday afternoon tea.

    Leigh-on-Sea, was such a charming little town. I would play around Hadley Castle. And run the streets with never a worry.

    How the world has changed in those 60 years...It makes me glad I was born in 1937 and not in 2011, and be 10 years old today. whether in the USA, England or wherever.

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    Indeed a very shocking Incident, in such as you say was then a quiet Town.
    But with the times there has been huge changes in both the places and the People and sadly for the worse i would say!

    But hold on to your good Memories, as those are the ones that keep one sane!

    Mindless Murder! Oh what is happening in the World of Today!
    Yes to be Born in those times i feel was a lot better in many ways, but for the War Years! Many unfortunately have those Horrible memories to bare!

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    I think the Taliban taking over Afghanistan has opened Pandora's box for these idiots. they should bring back hanging when they catch the bloke on the job, no possibility of dodging the drop by saying I was bullied by the police.
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    Yes Rodders as you say it was a lovely place back then.
    I recall as a young lad the family going there for a holiday staying in a B&B where you had to be out by 100 hours each day.
    But I do remember a bit of a beach there, great times as a youngster.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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    It has been suggested in the media that all MP's should now have police protection. I would have thought having their surgery in a room at their local Police Station or similar venue where possible would be more cost effective to the tax payer. That and scrapping known radicalised individuals of their ''Human Rights'' would be more reassuring to one and all IMHO.
    RIP Mr Amess

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    Since 1979 until this recent very sad event there have been 6 sitting MP's murdered.

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    Off the subject of murder but still in the theme of Southend. When I was fifteen, impatiently awaiting sixteen when I could go into the Merch., I worked in a place called the Regency Grill Bar, next door to the Ivy House pub. I worked my way up from spud peeler to chip fryer out on the fish fryers at the front of the shop.

    On Coronation day, I fried and dished up for take away two and a half tons of chips. There were two fish fry cooks along side me and it was non stop. The busiest guy was the owner emptying the cash register.

    Southend used to be jammed packed during the summer from 1946 to about 1956. People would come down for the Kursal amusement park and to see the lights. For those that don't know what the lights mean its bulbs set in a framework and making an illuminating moving picture show and thousands strung from posts down and across the street. It wouldn't be much of a big deal today with all the entertainment options, but back then in a more simpler world it was a pretty big deal.

    Johnno, mentioned having to be out of the B and B by 10a.m. on his weeks holiday, if you lucked out and got a weeks sunshine it could be grand, but if if rained, which it often did, it was pure misery.

    The end to Southend's prosperity came due to cheap holiday packets in Spain, My guess that's what put the end to Butlin's Holiday camps too. Why not go to Spain, sunshine garanteed, beats being jammed under a shelter along with hundreds of others, dying to go the toilet ,but afraid to move and lose your spot out of the rain.

    Adios Amigos, Rodney

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    Rodney, Butlins are still trading as are Pontins holiday camps.
    Three of the original camps remain open under the Butlins brand in Bognor Regis, Minehead, and Skegness. They are now owned and run by Butlins Skyline Ltd, a subsidiary company of Bourne Leisure Ltd, which also operates other leisure brands in the British Isles, including Warner Leisure Hotels and Haven Holidays .
    There are another group called Centre Parks but I think the parent company may be European owned.

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    Summer 1947 Southend was my first time at the seaside, after war torn London it was a wonderland, the Kursaal with its huge array of amusements
    and paddling in the sea, sadly the amusement park at the rear of the Kursaal shut down in the early 70s and is now a housing estate, the Kursaal
    Ballroom closed in the mid 80s but the building is still there. The best time I had at Southend was summer 58, aboard Shaw Savills Waiwera returning
    from aus for payoff in London we had to anchor off southend pier for six weeks as the docks were on strike, had a great time there, even slept under
    the pier after missing the boat and caught the mail boat back in the morning, cheers.

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    I wrote to the Prime Minister tellinh him that we need to bring back capital punishment AS THERE IS NO DETERRENT TO STOP MURDERS.
    NO ANSwER YET The killer will be back on thr street before he is 40 years old ready to kill again.
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