We caught up with Emma to find out what she loves about Southend and why she’s looking forward to teaching in our new centre.
Can you remember when you first went to Southend?
Although I had often heard about the fun seaside town of Southend, I hadn’t been to Southend until I was 18, the age I met my now-husband. During the Summer we first met, his family invited me along to an epic day with them, which I will never forget. Rides at Adventure Island, fun on the 2p machines, a long walk along the beach, and salty fish and chips as the sun went down. I only wish I had been earlier!
What are your favourite places in Southend and why?
My eldest son, Harrison, loved Southend Aquarium with a passion when he was a pre-schooler. He and I both had season tickets and spent happy hours doing laps past the piranhas, stingrays, and jellyfish. Southend is such a welcoming place that no one ever seemed to mind his toddler ways and they were always willing to demonstrate how to handle a turtle, even though they’d shown us before. He’s still partial to a visit now, as are my other two children!
My family and I have a tradition of going for a New Year’s Day walk to blow away the Christmas cobwebs and start the new year well. This past New Year’s Day, we spent a gorgeous day at Leigh on Sea, where we walked along the seafront to Southend and back. We admired the many quaint shops, multitude of dogs with their owners, and enjoyed some local seafood on the walk back in the fresh Winter sunlight. What a way to start the year!
Recently, I really enjoyed the Hares about Town collection in Southend and its local area. The hares were a stunning addition to the town and were a fantastic way to bring community, business, and charity together. They were enjoyed by young and old and I even saw one whilst visiting a school in Southend!
What are you looking forward to in terms of teaching AAT in our new centre?
I am extremely excited to be teaching AAT in Southend. I always love meeting new people and we are thrilled to be able to offer more AAT courses for people to access more locally to their home or work. Southend has a fantastically welcoming and fresh atmosphere, and I cannot wait to start! Roll on September 2022!