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Published on 02.03.2022

Better Queensway now part of Southend ‘City’

Following a recent royal visit from Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Southend-on-Sea has been given City status!

As part of the celebrations on Tuesday 1 March, his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales presented the letters patent to the Mayor of our new City, Cllr Margaret Borton, which officially turns our borough into a City at a formal council meeting. Lady Amess received the first ‘Freedom of the City’ on behalf of her late husband, Sir David Amess MP, which is an honour traditionally given to someone significant to the town.

Their Royal Highnesses (TRH) unveiled a new eco-friendly Pier train, named after Sir David Amess MP. Their Royal Highnesses also met staff working on the Pier and on behalf of the RNLI and HM Coastguard, plus greeted members of the local community, local businesses and volunteers at a reception held at ‘Sands by the Sea’ restaurant.

The Prime Minister announced on 18 October 2021 that Her Majesty the Queen would grant Southend-on-Sea City status as a tribute to Sir David Amess, who sadly died on Friday 15 October 2021.

The Worshipful The Mayor, Cllr Margaret Borton, said: “Formally receiving city status from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales was a special moment for Southend-on-Sea, and we are hugely honoured to have received a Royal visit from Their Royal Highnesses on what is sure to be a momentous day for our new City.”

Cllr Ian Gilbert, Leader of the Council, says: “This was a landmark day for our new City and indeed our new City Council, and one that will live long in the memory for all of us. To have a Royal visit to formally recognise our new status was wonderful and will go down as a huge day in the history of our City.”

Cllr Tony Cox, Leader of the Southend Conservative group, says: “A Royal visit is a huge honour, and my only wish is that Sir David could have seen this moment himself. I know that his family are immensely proud of the legacy he has left, and it is fitting that Lady Amess received the first Freedom of the City on behalf of her late husband.”

Our thoughts remain with Sir David’s family and we hope that you will join us in celebrating this very special moment for your City, Southend-on-Sea!

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