A unique cultural event is taking place on Southend Pier this week, celebrating how it became HMS Leigh during the Second World War.
Find out more about how the longest pleasure pier in the world became a naval battle station, and how it remained a secret in plain sight for 76 years after the war ended.
Schools events are taking place on September 23 and 24 from 10am to 4pm, with half-hour slots for up to 120 pupils. A ticketed HMS Leigh community event is also taking place on September 25 and 26 from 10am to 5pm.
General public admission to the pier on these days will be from 5pm to last entry at 7pm.
Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism says: “This will be a fantastic and unique event that brings some local history and heritage to life, and I am delighted that the council has been able to support it.
“Actors will be there to bring HMS Leigh to life and local schoolchildren and residents will be able to see exhibitions revealing the lives and events of Second World War Southend.
“Please note that access to the Pier from 10am to 5pm on Thursday and Friday will be for school visits and on Saturday and Sunday for those with an HMS Leigh event ticket, so please do get yours now for this unique opportunity to discover more about the fascinating role our Pier played in the war.”
Tickets for the weekend community event are £5.60 for children, £7.90 for concessions and £10.20 for adults.