ON many occasions over the years, EastEnders have visited Southend to film the BBC One soap.
Here we take a look back of some of the times they’ve filmed in the new city.
Back in 1987, Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard), Arthur Fowler (Bill Treacher) and Michelle (Susan Tully) filmed in Southend.
At the time, they were in Southend trying to find son Mark.
They filmed at the Three Shells on Southend seafront as well as being pictures at the old Peter Pan’s Playground.
Slightly more recently, EastEnders all made a visit in June 2011.
The main storyline focused on Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty), who went on the run from her abusive ex, Rob X.
She ends up getting a lift to Southend, but he tracks her down and came face to face with her new boyfriend on the pier.
Other storylines were also filmed Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) and Heather Trott arranged a holiday to Southend to see George Michael, where they were joined by Dot Branning and Fatboy as Dot wanted to visit her sister Rose.
This was later shown on BBC One in August.
In 2013, the EastEnders crew and cast spent three days filming in Southend again.
The scenes involved Alfie Moon’s wedding to Roxy Mitchell.
They shot the scenes in the early hours of the morning on October 4, where Alfie was seen chasing after and banging on the door of the plane.
The most recent time the EastEnders crew and actors visit Southend was earlier this month.
This March Martin and Stacey were spotted filming in Adventure Island before the heading into the sea on East Beach, Shoebury.
Even some of the Adventure Island staff became extras in the BBC One soap.