Canvey Seafront c1963

Including model village

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  • What a treasure of a video. Thanks for loading. As a child growing up on the Island, I never went into the model village located between the Labworth cafe and next to the Arnold Palmer putting course. I was too busy feeding the slot machines, playing pinball or on the dodgems or helter skelter in the ‘casino’.
    Seeing the ‘old’ sea wall was ‘interesting’. I don’t think there were speed limits on the Thames then for the ships. A number of times at high tide the wash from the larger ships would come over that wall. Although some houses lost their view of the water from the new higher wall, it was needed and there’s every chance we would have flooded again after ‘53.
    Also, seeing the Bay Country Club (became the Water’s edge and The Goldmine in a later life) standing there in isolation with open fields around it. It all looks very different today!

    By Phil Garner (29/07/2021)

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