Attached a few old photos that I found from my recruiting tour at RAF CIO Southend 1982 - 1985.  Alan Knowler





It shows some of the service personnel who participated in the Southend Town Show in 1984, which was held on Southend sea front opposite the old Kursal Entertainment Park. I'm on the left of the photograph and the 2 NCOs on the right were from RAF P&SS Support Squadron who came along with a RAF Police Range Rover which unfortunately kept breaking down, much to our dismay. I have memories of us all frequently bump starting it on the seafront much to the amusement of passersby.


CIO Southend was actually located in Westcliff on Sea and at some time previously the building was a Royal Navy Reserve Unit. I would imagine now that its been demolished and has either shops or offices on the site.





an aerial view of the show on the same location in 1983 which I took from a Gazelle Helicopter that we had on the opening day of the show to fly local VIPs. We even arranged for a RAF Marine Craft boat to turn up at high tide and we ferried VIPs and interested potential candidates out to it in a small inflatable boat. The Jaguar aircraft in the display was actually made from fibreglass and wood but the cockpit was fitted out the same as a real aircraft and it looked like the real thing.