The Kursaal at Southend was opened by Lord Claud Hamilton, chairman of the Great Eastern Railway Company, on a wet and miserable day in July 1901.
In the early days, there were a number of common attractions of the time including a Switchback Railway, an Aerial Flight and Joy Wheel, set amongst the sideshows. In 1910, the Scenic Railway opened and operated until the park’s demise in 1973. One of the first large rides was the Water Chute, that came direct from Earl’s Court in 1921.
In 1936, the park’s star turn debuted, Cyclone, designed by Charles Paige was a wooden roller coaster that towered over the rest of the park. It was operated by the Blackpool Pleasure Beach company.
The iconic Kursaal building remains, but the amusement park is sadly, no more.