My friend Liam told me that one of the highlights of Basildon was the sign at the entrance to it and I think it’s fair to say it’s the most exciting thing that I’ve seen in the town so far. A little fiddly to walk to, it was placed on the Noak Bridge turn-off in 2010, a reminder of just how exotic the town is. Or something like that.
Denise van Outen, who is from Basildon, said at the time, “sure, the weather in Los Angeles is better, but you can’t beat the people in Basildon.” I’m not sure that the sign quite took me back to Los Angeles and looking at the Hollywood sign, but I tried to picture being back in California nonetheless. It wasn’t the cheapest to install and it has received some mockery locally (and from everywhere to be fair), but I quite like it.