Everything you need to know about Leigh
The most westerly part of the Borough of Southend on Sea. About everything you need to know about Leigh is in the town council booklet on:-
If visiting Leigh it is a MUST to call in for a meal or at least a pint at The Peter Boat Pub, known throughout the area of Southend and which overlooks the Thames
As a bit of local History which actually made it to the "Silver screen" in the film "Dunkirk", is the fact that six of the these shallow draft cockleboats all with local well known Leigh fishermen, volunteered to take their vessels across to France on 31 May 1940 to help in the evacuation of troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.
These boats were normally hardly ever outside of the Thames so it was especially risky to be out in wartime in the English Channel, yet despite this, they rescued hundreds of soldiers from France and brought them home. Sadly on the final trip, the fishing boat "Renown" hit a mine and Frank & Leslie Osborne, Harry Noakes and Navel Rating Harold Graham Porter all lost their lives.
Of the six boats, "The Endeavor" still exists thanks to a lot of voluntary work and help from local organizations. The new timbers for the restoration of parts of the hull came from the oaks of nearby Belfairs woods, the rigging was traditionally made by T and S Rigging at Maldon,.and sails by North Sea Sails at Tollesbury
The boats current location can be found, together with much local news on
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