Glasgow, Liverpool, Derry... could Southend be next on the UK’s list of cultural capitals?Followed by a ‘Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha’ and a 'No, stop, you're killing me!' into the bargain…
…prominent faces in Southend’s cultural scene believe they can mount a stronger campaign this time.
Colette Bailey, managing director of art “laboratory” Metal (Ed: Is there an ‘n’ missing..?) in Chalkwell, said: “We are in a much better position now than we were before.
“The cultural offerings in Southend are constantly developing and evolving.
“ I'm certain we could offer something really different that would capture the imagination.”Hmmm.
It is a view shared by Paul Cotgrove, whose White Bus film company organises the annual Southend Film Festival.
He said: “Southend is certainly becoming a town that is spilling over with culture, what with its art trail, numerous galleries and arts organisations, vibrant music scene, film festivals and theatres.
“With all this to offer, it comes as no surprise that property prices are rising higher in Southend than any other place in the country.”Ah, yes. That ‘vibrant’ music scene. Such a draw for the tourists...