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April 20, 2018 11:00 AM Fall tribute band, The Faux, at the Railway

A BAND who claim to be "the only Fall tribute band in the world" will be playing at the Railway Hotel this Saturday, April 21, "celebrating the life and work of Mark E Smith". Entry is free to see The Faux, who are based in Southend, but donations will be collected to be given direct to the late front man's family to use as they see fit. Mark E. Smith 5

April 20, 2018 10:53 AM York store raises a cup to celebrate 25th birthday

VINTAGE milk floats have been spotted in York as part of a celebration of the British lifestyle brand Cath Kidston's 25th birthday. The publicity stunt to mark the anniversary came ahead of National Tea Day today, Saturday, with floats decorated in signature Cath Kidston prints delivering complimentary fresh milk and tea packs. They were spotted in St Helen’s 5

April 20, 2018 8:59 AM Bourgee restaurants goes into administration

A company that owns an upscale seafront restaurant has gone into administration, casting doubt over the future of its four branches. Bourgee Restaurants Limited has been appointed administrators earlier this month after the Southend branch closed suddenly without explanation. There are three Bourgee restaurants across Essex with two in Southend and one in Chelmsford 2

April 14, 2018 6:00 AM Queen Priscilla will reign in Essex

Full casting has been announced for the Essex professional premiere of glamorously feel-good musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The show will premiere at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch where it will run from April 27 – May 26. Mark Inscoe is thrilled to be reviving the role of Bernadette having previously performed the part in the West End production 7

April 13, 2018 4:07 AM Drunk shoplifter stole clothes from Marks & Spencer

A SHOPLIFTER has been given a £50 fine for stealing meat and clothes from Marks and Spencer. Mark Bailey, 45, of Bath Road in Old Town entered the supermarket with an accomplice on March 15 and stole meat worth £91.67, then the pair returned the next day and stole £163 of clothes. Bailey pleaded guilty to both theft charges at Swindon Magistrates Court 1

April 12, 2018 11:01 PM Lost footage of Adam West’s Batman to be screened for first time in 50 years

Previously lost footage of Batman star Adam West teaching road safety to children will be screened for the first time in more than 50 years. The clip from May 1967 of Batman teaching children the Green Cross Code will be shown to an audience of TV professionals and enthusiasts to kick off a hunt for 100 missing television clips. Kaleidoscope, which specialises 5

April 10, 2018 4:24 PM Fun yarn bombers kick off 10th relay

VOLUNTEERS launched the tenth Southend Relay for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK with a unique yarn bombing event. Hundreds of volunteers have been knitting and crocheting scarves, flowers and pom poms all in the colour purple, Relay’s survivor colour. The event committee and team members were out in force in the High Street on Saturday encouraging 7

April 9, 2018 8:35 PM Playboy remembers late founder Hugh Hefner on his birthday

Playboy has paid tribute to late founder Hugh Hefner on what would have been his 92nd birthday. To mark his birthday on April 9, the Playboy Instagram page shared an old picture of Hefner with a cake and wrote: “It’s our honor to wish a hearty happy birthday to our late, great founder & the renowned visionary behind the world of Playboy. Hefner created 5

April 9, 2018 5:28 PM Revealed: How Peter Dutton tabled slashing immigration by 20,000 last YEAR

A plan to cut Australia's immigration by 20,000 was scuttled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull despite likely public support. Peter Dutton proposed reducing the cap on annual permanent immigration from its record 190,000 to 170,000 to cabinet last year. The Immigration Minister was spurred on by widespread concern about the effects of mass new arrivals

April 8, 2018 2:56 PM MP praises scheme urging kids to walk to school

AN MP has praised a junior school’s new parking scheme which has boosted the number of children walking to school. Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois was impressed by the method during a visit to Wickford Junior School. The scheme has helped to reduce the number of children being driven to school by their parents and as such has eased the parking 1