The Kursaal under Trustees


With the removal of the football ground in 1934, the way was open for the introduction of the Kursaal’s largest ride, the Cyclone roller coaster. It came to Southend direct from the Brussels exhibition.


During the Second World War the Kursaal was closed to the public. The Water Chute basin was tarred to ensure it was watertight, and was to be used as a reserve water supply.


Howard Baker was the resident band leader in the Kursaal ballroom from shortly before the Second World War until 1967. His “Old Time Band” played on Monday evenings, while modern dance music was played on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


A new ride for the opening of the Kursaal after the war was the enormous Stratosphere Rocket ride. This photograph is dated 1945.

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