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A History Of The Kursaal Southend On Sea


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An aerial view of the Kursaal taken in the late 1940s. The late 1940s and 1950s were the heyday of the Kursaal, with the park at its greatest extent. The largest ride by far can be seen on the left of the photograph - the Cyclone roller coaster.

The Arcade was a favourite with the crowds who would be encouraged to try to win the many prizes that were on offer in the shooting ranges, darts stalls and many others.

The Wall Of Death Late 60t Tomado Smith in the back ground

Tornado Smith was the most famous of all the Wall of Death riders. Here we see him revving his bike up on the rollers outside the Wall. This was done principally to attract custom.

The Morehouse Galloper Around 1954

The Dive Bomber was a fairly short-lived ride in the Kursaal. It is known to have been in the grounds in the early 1950s, but had been removed before 1960.

Whirpools in the Kursaal gardens, photographed in the 1950s.

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