London at the seaside

Indulge me here! Okay. I know it isn’t London. But it is where Londoners come to play on a sunny Saturday afternoon in August. It’s Southend. I went there with other Londoners on Saturday and bumped into yet more Londoners I knew who’d also had the same idea! It’s amazing who you meet in the fish and chip queue on Southend seafront.

This is my old stomping ground from my teens. It hasn’t changed much. And I love it.

Southend seafront with adventure fun fair

Watching the Punch and Judy on the pier.

Watching the Punch and Judy on Southend Pier

Fishing off the end of Southend pier

I was leaning over the railings, trying to get a shot back down the rail tracks and I heard “Cheeeeese”. The smallest boy had spotted my camera and was posing for me!

Children fishing on Southend Pier

An elderly couple on Southend Pier

An elderly lady in a wheelchair with a handkerchief on her head on Southend Pier

I took the photo below at about 12.30. It was very hot. People were looking for shade. I came by again an hour or so later and she’d taken off her jacket and headscarf.

Elderly women sitting on a bench reading a newspaper, wearing headscarf and jacket

Man sunbathing on the road by the sea

The train back down the pier was very crowded.

Woman's back seen through the window of the train on Southend Pier

Southend isn’t all seafront. There’s a town centre too! I used to come to Southend to get my hair cut as a teenager because the best hairdresser in Essex was in Southend.

People sitting on benches in Southend town centre

This teenager was a virtuoso on the violin.

Young man busking, playing the violin in Southend town centre

14 thoughts on “London at the seaside

  1. Nice work for mid- day summer shooting. I love the one of the guys fishing off the pier in the background and the shirtless man in the mid ground.

  2. This post brought back some happy memories. Me and my school pals used to take the bus from Chelmsford to Southend for some seaside fun on a Saturday afternoon.

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