At the full meeting of Southend Council last night, Mayor of Southend Andrew Moring opened proceedings by announcing that Southend Pier HAS NOT been sold. The shock revelation came in spite of our EXCLUSIVE story about the pier being sold to the Chinese shipping Xi Ping Shipping. The announcement was deemed to be so important that it came before the details of the fire evacuation procedure, and what followed was around 6 hours of vital and riveting council business. 

In all seriousness (ha ha), how awesome it is that one of our ‘stories’ has driven the people of Southend into such an outrage that the Mayor himself has to reassure everyone. To sort of quote Bill Clinton, ‘it’s satire, stupid.’


  1. With the money from the sale of the pier they would be able to replace it with affordable house-boats in order to assist the housing crises.