Love Southend’s favourite pick of Instagrams this month in no particular order:

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@LoveSouthendUK #SeasonsGreetings from #Santa #SantaClaus #Claus #FatherChristmas #Christmas #Xmas #SaintNic #StNic #SaintNick #OldSaintNic #OldSaintNick #SaintNicholas #Cane #Pipe #CandyCane #Southend #SouthendOnSea #LoveSouthend

You might have seen Father Christmas under the bridge on Southend High Street during the past month. He was a fantastically festive addition to the many unique features, performances and market stalls on the High Street this season – and doesn’t he look just the part! Accompanied by his mini-grotto that he pulls along on his bicycle, Father Christmas has been taking photos with children and adults alike as they did their Christmas shopping. Do hope that he’ll be back next year!

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It SUCKS that I can’t be part of this collection in #Southend #London #Art #Christmas

Sale Appliances in Westcliff went viral and hit national media a couple of weeks ago for their shop window display featuring Henry Hoovers in a wonderful nativity scene. On Facebook, Sale Appliances stated themselves how they couldn’t believe that their £30 budget Christmas display went viral, having appeared on TV including BBC and ITV, and on the radio and in tabloids. Millions have this seen this photo, and it’s an absolute joy knowing that it happened in Southend!

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Southend Santa Run #southend #santarun #xmas #southendsantarun #freezing

This photo gives me shivers, must have been so cold! Well done to all those who participated in the Southend Santa Run (AKA Rudolph Run) along the Esplanade, fundraising for Action For Children. Everybody looks fantastically festive!

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#southend #southendonsea

Such a beautifully dreamy photo of the Shoebury Garrison. It really does look like a painting. Love the cloudy blue sky. The whole photo just looks absolutely fantastic. Like something from a fairytale.

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Anybody else see Father Christmas along Southend seafront this afternoon? He was on a tricycle selling Rossi’s ice cream with a polar bear if that helps!? #FMSphotoADay #animal #Southend #SouthendOnSea #Essex #Rossi #RossiIceCream #Kursaal #Seafront #FatherChristmas #Santa

I didn’t see the Rossi Santa cycling around personally, but he was spotted cycling up the seafront on a tricycle selling Rossi ice cream. Love it!

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Congrats Dadio on your opening night as Captain Hook Standing ovation baby, I expect nothing less;) your incredible & I’m so blessed to have the coolest dad ever!! You inspire me everyday!!! #pantomime #London #PeterPan #Entertainer #Southend

Taylor Ann Hasselhoff congratulating her father, David Hasselhoff, on a brilliant opening night as Captain Hook in the Peter Pan panto at Cliffs Pavilion.

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#winter #sunset #southend #seafront #sunshine #cloudporn oh I do like to live beside the #seaside

I do love my photos of Southend sunsets…. And this one is fantastic! The palm trees don’t even look like they’re dying in the Winter weather haha. Beautiful :’)

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Those yarnbombers have been at it again! Love them! #southend #leigh #yarnbombers #christmas

Ever since their yarnbombs at the beginning of the year 2014 and their world record breaking yarnbomb for Little Havens, The Craft Club have been spoiling Southend with crafty treats. During December 2014, they yarnbombed post boxes around Southend and the surrounding area much to the delight of passers by.

 

 

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#essex #southend #architecture #building #uk #flats

The University of Essex student accommodation building, also known as the “Marmite Building”, is (hence the nickname) quite love or hate. In standalone photos of the somewhat iconic Southend building, the structure and colours can look quite impressive but some argue that in context to the surroundings, it looks a bit wrong. No matter what your opinion of this building, this photo in my opinion is awesome. It looks like a fun and colourful building.

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Lady in red #seaside #seafront #southend #southendseafront #ladyinred #colouredhair #reddress #red #orangehair #tattooedgirls #model #modelling #photo #photoshoot #lucycherrille #follow #followme #instafollow #instagood #ilike #makeup #epic #loveit

I can’t imagine how cold this beautiful “Lady In Red” was whilst posing for this photograph on Southend seafront this month! Stunning model, and the Southend seaside backdrop looks great.

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And our favourite photo of the month from Love Southend’s Instagram!

I loved having the children’s rides on Southend High Street this Winter. It was spectacular walking down the High Street and doing Christmas shopping to the sound of children’s laughter. The tea cups in particular seemed to always have excited children gathered around the ride.

 

Happy New Year, Southend! I hope you all have an amazing 2015!

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