If you visit these places ouside the summer season, they can seem quite desolate and empty. Here are a couple of arcades, still open and hopeful of luring in some unlucky lonely pursuers of coin operated fun. But they are virtually empty.
Ahh... here's a skillful operator of a claw game, trying for that white teddy bear in the glass cabinet of soft toys. How many coins will he spend?
In another claw game, this is what you could win... Woody from Toy Story! I remember a scene from one of the Toy Story movies, where a 'claw' game is full of green aliens.
In the cold and the wind, a couple of friends enjoy the amazing spectacle of the pavement fountain. I apologise for my use of black and white; but I can assure you that the fountain changes colour, from pink to green and white. Southend should be proud of this wonder of the modern world.
I have to finish this series with a view of Southend Adventure Island. It doesn't look scary at all...