…is the longest pleasure pier in the World dating back fromVictorian times, i dont know all the history of it but will have to research sometime.
For myself from a child i visited it often with my parents. Southend sea front was a great place, with arcades, icecream, candy floss, the beach, sunhats, flipflops, fish and chips, donuts and lots of trinkets to be had in the seaside shops. Peter Pans Playground was a great place for kids with all the rides, the crooked house, big wheel and various other rides suitable for all ages. I would walk down the pier with my mum and dad and brother and we would get a very delicious Rossi’s icecream, you would see people fishing along the pier and there were places where you could hid out of the wind if you wanted to. Sometimes the tide was in and what fun to walk over the vast expanse of water! Other times the tide was out and you could not see the sea for miles and miles.
When i was a child there was lots at the end of the peir, for starters amusement arcade with penny slot machines, my dad always gave me a good handful and sometimes i would win. Then there was the Lifeboat to look at which was a wooden boat, not like the dingies they have nowadays. There was a bar, cafe, theatre, aquarium, boats and yachts going by, so it was great to go and see. Also a bowlin g galley. Over the years lots has been burnt down sadly and nowadays there is only a cafe and an area where they have exhibitions and bands play sometimes. Bit different to say the least. But over the years i have loved walking down the pier, as a child, with my children and later in life, most recently with the Street Life Social group on a Saturday morning with my Guide Dog Polly.
The seafront is a great place with the Sea Life Centre and seaside shops and cafes and all the arcades, a few fountains pop up now which the children love to walk in during the hot summer days. Swimming? well my dad always inticed me into the water even when it was cold, saying how lovely it was! it was always, always cold!
I am living in Shrewsbury now near to my daughter and i miss the sea and the pier and all to do with my life before, though it is tinged with sadness, as got divorced and also both my parents passed away in recent years. I feel quite lonely to say the least as i sit in this bungalow alone, divorced and my sons in London, my daughter and husband only round the corner, we are in a pandemic, carvo virus-19 which is awful and have to stay in now, my glaucoma has got a lot lot worse since it began, which is so difficult to explain to anyone, a mist of sepia and closed in it is horrible, i just forced myself to go for a walk with Polly my Guide Dog down the road but i felt very nervous. i am feeling overwhelmed and the thought of walking down the pier on a lovely summers day with no cares in the World is wonderful. i truly feel dreadful at the moment, mainly due to the glaucoma…
i dont think anyone can have the idea of how it feels…to lose your sight unless it happens to you, it is scarey to wake up in the morning and wonder what you will see today… sometimes i dont want to go to sleep in this fear and lay awake and doze and wake for hours on end.
The sound of the sea can be very relaxing especially at these time of stress.
I pray that the cona virus will go away and also the glaucoma i have inmy eyes will stop progressing and give me a break, how can we stop it?