It's pretty apt that a funeral parlour off a roundabout in this town on the north-east coast of Essex could well be considered the spiritual home of UKIP.
Ripe for regeneration or "UKIP country"? A new four-part series looks at England's misunderstood eastern side, starting with Margate and Dover.
The football ground's role has changed. Once a Saturday pilgrimage, it's now just one part of the over-televised circus.
For me and other Southend-ers, the town represents the oxygen outside London's claustrophobic pile-up of representations and ambitions.
Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby is evidence that, in today's culture, working-class toughness is something to be mocked. Why have we turned poor people into punchlines?