Over 90 people attended Essex Chambers of Commerce Whitebait Festival held at Sands Restaurant, Southend on Sea last week. The Blessing of the Catch Service was conducted by Gavin Dixon, Leader of Kings Church in Southend and the hymns were accompanied by the Wednesday Afternoon Orchestra. This traditional event remains ever popular with Essex Chambers of Commerce Members and their guests and the weather was beautiful too for late September. Attendees enjoyed a three course lunch with, of course, whitebait as one of the starter choices. Even the seagulls enjoyed a tasty treat when a large plateful of fresh whitebait was returned to the sea as part of the ceremony.
Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce said. “It is a real honour for us to host the Whitebait Festival, which is probably one of the oldest traditions in Southend. Originally established in the 18th Century the Festival was originally held on the Thames at Greenwich, and in 1934 the Chamber of Commerce revived the event, and have been proud to organise it ever since”.
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Philip Miller, Chairman and Chief Executive of Stockvale, Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, Gavin Dixon, Leader of Kings Church – Southend, Deputy Mayor & Mayoress, Cllr Derek Jarvis and Mrs Valerie Jarvis