Hundreds of spectators gathered on Southend Pier for the official start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. On the first leg, the fleet will race from the pier to Brest in France, before heading to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
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The snow that's hit the North of England reached this East albeit briefly this afternoon. Here are some of your pictures.