Ed Vaizey, the UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, paid a visit to Southend today (6th March), viewing the new Forum development in the town centre and then Prittlewell Priory. He was shown around the Priory by Museums Manager John Skinner and Southend Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Councillor Derek Jarvis. He took a great interest in the sketches of the Priory from Victorian times. Felix Gott of the Heritage Lottery Fund also attended and was clearly impressed with the Priory project.
The photograph shows Derek Jarvis (left) and John Skinner (right) with Ed Vaizey outside the Priory.