“Really positive”: Southend arcades herald sunny return

Southend beach Remblance arcades reopening
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The Remblance family, operator of multiple Southend arcades including Electric Avenue, Las Vegas, and New York, were among the seafront traders hailing the “really positive” sight of daytrippers returning to the coast this weekend.


With temperatures in the Essex resort hitting 30 degrees on 18 July, the town’s beach was packed with local residents and visitors keen to enjoy the hot weather, as well as the family-favourite amusements on offer.

“It’s been really positive, really busy, we’re seeing lots of happy people and families and it’s been much better and how the seafront should be,” John Remblance Jr told The Echo.

“It’s really nice to get back to some normality and to see people enjoying what we are famous for, which is our top seafront. It finally feels like we’ve got life back to Southend.” With crowds descending on the beach, attractions were praised in turn for ensuring safety measures remained in place, as the weekend marked the last two days of regulations. “I also am so impressed with the efforts by businesses to keep us safe,” said local Lauren Smith.

Adventure Island is doing a good job and staff are checking everyone going in with the track and trace as people enter and making sure people use the phone app or leave contact details.”

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