Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Following some advice from a friend, thank you Nick, we, or rather Hannah, decided we should go to Sarfend (Southend) today.

The plan was to go along the pier on the train and take a look at the Lifeboat museum at theend of the pier.

We took the train to Sarfend and walked down to the pier. It was at this point that Hannah decided she was scared of the pier and didn't want to go on the pier train. I think mentioning it burning down wasn't the best idea.

I was a bit unsure of the state of the pier. It's the longest pleasure pier in the world but I do remember it suffering rather badly from a fire, a couple of years ago.

Anyway, I don't know how fixed it is now because I don't know what it looked like before the fire, but there were artist impressions of plans for a new 'end of the pier' which would indicate work hasn't finished.

Sarfend was full of tattoos, smoking, unsightly body bits bursting from tight clothing, piercings everywhere and extreme chavs.

We ended up in Adventure Island which was a mixture of a mini Alton Towers and fairground all in one place. Just like an amusement park it was possible to buy an all in one ticket, which, for Hannah, was a tenner. The great thing about this was that she was allowed one adult to accompany her on rides. When I say great, it was great from Hannah's perspective. Even the kiddie rides make me feel queasy.

We went on:
American Whip
Lighthouse Slip
Big Wheel
Jungle Express
Jumping Jolly Rogers
Viking Boats
Flying Jumbos

Hannah had a really fun day, and I did too, apart from the queasy bits.


northernlight said...

Sarfend sounds lavley. I can't get the dialect right. Blame the flat vowels.

Ann said...

Well Sarfend was better than expected actually. I'm embarrassed to say this was the first time I had walked along the High Street.