United Kingdom won the right to host the 41th edition of the Eurovision Memories Song Contest. EM 41 will be hosted in the beautiful city of Basildon, United Kingdom.
Basildon is the largest town in the Basildon District of the county of Essex, England.
It lies 25 miles (40 km) east of Central London and 11 miles (18 km) south of the city of Chelmsford. Nearby smaller towns include Billericay to the north, Wickford northeast and South Benfleet to the east. It was created as a new town after World War II in 1948 to accommodate the London population overspill, from the conglomeration of four small villages, namely Pitsea, Laindon, Basildon and Vange. The new town took the name Basildon as it was the most central of the four.
Photograph of the Mother & Child Statue, Basildon town centre, Essex, England The local government district of Basildon, formed in 1974 and encapsulates a larger area than the town itself; the two neighbouring towns of Billericay and Wickford, as well as rural villages and smaller settlements set among the surrounding countryside, fall within its borders. Basildon Town is one of the most densely populated areas in the county.
Some of Basildon's residents work in Central London due to the town being well connected in the county to the City of London and the Docklands financial and corporate headquarters districts, with a 36-58 minute journey from the three Basildon stations to London Fenchurch Street.
Although Basildon is a town situated in Essex, it has been heavily influenced by London and its people in contrast to native Essexmen. This is because Basildon's prime purpose was to house the over spill of London citizens after the Second World War. Thus many of the families in Basildon originate from the London areas, hence being more influence of the City culture. However, during the past few years (2000–2010) many migrant families have moved from London boroughs such as Hackney and Peckham, and settled in Basildon, thus adding to Basildon's growing rate in multi-cultured families and communities.These Communities (only major Communities) range from Polish, Albanian, Romanian, Nigerian, Ghanaian, Jamaican, Indian, Bengali, and more. It is because of these factors that the citizens and people of Basildon speak with a more London influenced accent as opposed to an Essex accent found in towns to the North of the county. Another reason as to why the people of Basildon speak and are influenced by London culture is because a large portion of the citizens living in the Town work in Central London, thus being there regularly. Basildon is also only two stops away from London Zone 6 (Upminster station) via the Fenchurch Street Line/District Tube Line from Laindon Station (West Basildon).