The pier at Southend stretches over a mile out to sea. It is visible from all along the seafront and is a classic icon of Essex. Years ago, it was possible to fall through the planks that lay precariously on the floor of the pier, to be swept away by the tide. Nowadays, the pier is a safe place to visit, whether old or young. The oldies like to walk to the RNLI station at the pier and, whilst younger lazy people can get the (frequent) train service. Whenever my sister visits from Australia, we always head to Southend Pier for a walk. The views from the end of the pier, across the Kent, are spectacular. There used to be boat trips along the coast from the peir end but I am now aware whether they are still running.
If you have a camera, be sure to take as many snaps as you can, especially when the sun is setting or rising.
There is a fundraising scheme that allows people to buy a plank in someone’s name or memory. You don’t actually get the plank, but the name is registered on a large expanse of boards at the pier entrance, for all to see. It is a nice way to remember someone.
I love the pier and recommend it.
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