Well forecast and with much the same beforehand so Southend was all set to be busy, and so it was.
This was recorded along Chalkwell Esplanade. The tide is high and coming in, you can just about hear the dredger Arco Avon passing on its way to Dagenham, but generally it’s people on the beach, there’s swimming, children splashing about and adults who do as much as they can throughout the year. Paddle boarding seems to be popular again and also a few inflatable kayaks about.
There are people on the Chalkwell outfall. A notice says you shouldn’t go on it, but it’s fairly recent and people always have gone on it. There are dogs, although they’re not supposed to be on the beach this time of year but dog owners can always find a reason why it’s different for their fido.
What is unusual is the number of people still out at that time, about 8.10pm. School holidays are still a way off and although it’s the weekend it’s a schoolday tomorrow, but what’s the point of the hottest day of the year so far, if it isn’t a bit out of the ordinary?