I used to work on the pier, so am obviously hoping that it can be brought back to life again, it's got a lot of history if you care to find out. You must have had a bad experience on a seaside break! As for the rest of the county, it isn't that bad compared to other places in the UK.
They'll still go to Leigh-on-Sea which (like Sarfend itself) is actually on the river.
Maybe it was some disgruntled Forest fan ... or one of the developers who are constantly stymied by existing buildings.
Amused this morning to see the live BBC reporter at the scene, standing where her cameraman could only see a small undamaged portion. I know it was a cameraman, as a camerawoman would have cut her head off.
As another Basildonian and coming originally from Thurrock, I have great memories of Southend Pier especially on Bank Holiday mondays.
in fact I will be taking my eldest grandson now aged 4 to see the lights, and have a bag of chips on the front,a family tradition, along with losing your virginity under the pier, oh i was the only one that did that