Local MP joins in Christmas celebrations across Southend

Sir David Amess MP joined in the festivities at Christmas events across Southend this weekend. The MP started the busy festive period on Thursday 6th December by attending the lighting of the Christmas tree outside Southend Borough Council. He then joined leaders from the Jewish community at the lighting of the menorah at the Cliff’s Pavilion to mark the 5th day of Chanukah Festival.


On Thursday afternoon Sir David made a surprise visit to Leigh Estuary University of the Third Age’s Christmas Party. Dressed as Santa Claus, the MP helped pick out the best dressed with their festive outfits. The University of the Third Age (U3A) brings together retired or semi-retired people to continue their educational interests and run are running a busy social calendar this Christmas.


The local MP continued his festive visits and dropped by Leigh Fire Station to say thank you to the brave men and women who will be giving up their time this Christmas to keep us all safe. The MP thanked the crew for the extraordinary work they do all year round, and handed out gifts for them and their families to enjoy this Christmas.


In the evening of Saturday 8th December, Sir David enjoyed a special festive concert organised by the Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir. The concert was held at the Salvation Army Temple in Hadleigh, and featured both the LOMVC and the Belfairs Academy Choir. The MP also attended the traditional carol concerts at the Nazreth House Chapel and St Clement’s Church on the Sunday.


Sir David said ‘There is nothing I enjoy more at this time of the year than joining in all the wonderful festive events that bring the whole community together. I wish everyone a very happy Christmas, and hope to see many people at all the fantastic local events this festive period.’