The Sarfend Visitors Book

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18th November 2010 saw the official launch of the Sarfend Visitor’s Book.

What is the Sarfend Visitors Book?

This is a book that visitors to Southend-on-Sea are encouraged to sign, and leave a message of their experiences of our town. A collection of the messages will be posted on the Southend Timeline website.

The book was the idea of ex-pat Brian Mendez, who now lives in Canada. Brian keeps in touch with Southend via our Sarfend Forum, where he’s known as alamotex. The book was covered and designed by Madelaine Murphy and Gwen Simpson.

It’s being hosted by the team of volunteers at the RNLI Gift Shop at the end of Southend Pier.

The Sarfend Visitor Book is designed to enable all people near and far to sign a common book; for some providing a real connection with online friendships.

 

Where is the book?

The book is located at the end of Southend Pier, in the RNLI Gift Shop

 

When was the Visitors Book launched?

The Sarfend Visitors Book was officially launched on the 18th of November 2010, when it was presented by the Mayor of Southend to the RNLI Gift Shop – where visitors will be encouraged to add their thoughts and memories.

Adrian, the owner of the Southend Timeline site arranged for The Worshipful the Mayor of Southend-on-Sea Councilor Ann Holland to attend, and the ceremony also included a video message from Brian Mendez in Canada, together with a live Skype call with Brian. Several members of the Sarfend Forum, including SouthendRoger, Nick, Lee plus Ossie from Southend Timeline and Pete from Sarfend.co.uk

Below, you’ll find a small selection of photos taken by us on the 18th of November 2010, at Southend Pier Head

The RNLI Gift Shop on the end of Southend Pier
The RNLI Gift Shop on the end of Southend Pier
 

Video feed of Brian, from Canada
Video feed of Brian, from Canada
 

MEET hand the book over to The Mayor
Gwen and Madelaine from Artists Meet hand the book over to The Mayor
 

The team from Meet show off the book's designs to The Mayor
The team from Artists Meet show off the book’s designs to The Mayor
 

The Mayor, talking live to Brian in Canada
The Mayor, talking live to Brian in Canada, To the right, Adrian, a.k.a Ossie from our forum
 

Sarfend Visitors Book, held by the team at Meet
Sarfend Visitors Book, held by the team at Madelaine and Gwen from Artists Meet, complete with a message from The Mayor
 

Visitors Photo 1
Visitors Photo 2
A couple of photos of the crowd watching the signing (with 2 x SouthendRogers!)
 

 

Message at the front of the book from The Mayor
Message at the front of the book from The Worshipful The Mayor, Councillor Ann Holland
 


Message of introduction from Brian
Message from Brian, explaining the book’s purpose, also at the front of the Visitors Book
 


The Cover of the Sarfend Visitors Book
The specially-commissioned cover of the Sarfend Visitors Book, in its shiny cover
 

A page from the Sarfend Visitors Book
A blank page from the Sarfend Visitors Book
 


Echo coverage of Visitors Book
Extract of press coverage from Evening Echo 19 Nov 2010
 

Sarfend Visitors Book Poetry!

SouthendRoger from our forum prepared two special poems for the day. Here’s a recording of SouthendRoger reading his work, recorded at the end of Southend Pier

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Our thanks to Adrian (a.k.a Ossie) from Southend Timeline for the excellent preparation of the event, and for finding such an appropriate home for the book.

 

Remember, when visiting Southend Pier, make sure you make your mark!

 

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