Ed­i­tor’s Com­ment

Essex Life - - EDITOR'S COMMENT -

Wow, what a sum­mer! In fact, de­pend­ing upon your view of the weather, 2018 saw the best sum­mer ever – or did it? As you might ex­pect, the com­pe­ti­tion to be the hottest sum­mer on record was, well, hotly con­tested. So close were the fig­ures that the Met Of­fice has de­clared 2018 as the joint hottest sum­mer on record, to­gether with 2006, 2003 and 1976. The mar­gin be­tween the mean tem­per­a­tures at the top of the league tables (with records dat­ing back to 1910) is so small, at around 0.03 of a de­gree, that it is im­pos­si­ble to sep­a­rate the years.

Fol­low­ing such a sum­mer, the Es­sex Life team felt that even in our Oc­to­ber is­sue there should be one fi­nal salute to the su­per sun­shine, and what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the great weather than pic­tures from our read­ers of their dogs frol­ick­ing around on our county’s beaches? A quick mes­sage on face­book, and the rest is his­tory – well, ac­tu­ally recorded for pos­ter­ity from page 20.

You might think that liv­ing in a French chateau is like a hol­i­day ev­ery­day, but any­one who has watched the Es­cape to the Chateau Chan­nel 4 se­ries and seen the ex­ploits of Dick Straw­bridge and An­gel Adoree will know that’s far from the truth. When I found out that An­gel had Es­sex roots, I just had to in­vite her to be in­ter­viewed in Es­sex Life. It turns out that own­ing a chateau in France is just a step on the road to An­gel’s dream of own­ing a home in Southend. So will a fairy­tale cas­tle tower over Southend Pier? With An­gel’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and Es­sex work ethic, I wouldn’t bet against it.

There is still time to get your tick­ets for our Au­tumn Splen­dour Fash­ion Show, hosted at Chan­nels near Chelms­ford on Septem­ber 20. It should be a fab­u­lous evening with a spec­tac­u­lar cat­walk pre­sen­ta­tion and a de­li­cious menu, all for less than £25. To book tick­ets, call 01245 440005

Owner Stu­art Hills shared this im­age of Molly en­joy­ing the waves at Southend

JU­LIAN READ, ED­I­TOR ju­lian.read@archant.co.uk Twit­ter@es­sexlife

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