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Barking and Dagenham residents brave a trip to Southend-on-Sea despite torrential rain

PUBLISHED: 17:17 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:18 30 August 2018

Surprisingly cheery residents at Barking station, on their way to Southend. Picture: LBBD

Surprisingly cheery residents at Barking station, on their way to Southend. Picture: LBBD

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More than 200 residents think Southend-on-Sea in the rain is better than Barking and Dagenham in the rain - and braved a trip in the showers.

Last week, council leader Darren Rodwell joined residents on a break to the seaside, despite the torrential downpours.

The trip, organised by Reede Road Tenants and Residents’ Association and supported by c2c, has been running for 10 years, and allows residents a free return ticket to Southend from Barking Station or Dagenham Dock.

Although traditional seaside activities – like fish and chips on the seafront and a walk down the pier – are best enjoyed in the sunshine, councillor Darren Rodwell was optimistic about the day.

He said: “It was fantastic to see people from across the borough coming together to enjoy a traditional east London trip to the seaside.

“I’m delighted that our residents were able to take advantage of this offer, and I would like to thank c2c for their generosity in providing transportation for everyone.”

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