Staff getting ready to welcome visitors over the Easter break

by Nigel Brown Jun 26 2018 0     684
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March 26, 2018


A major operation to replace all the roofing on the main concourse of Clacton Pier has been carried out using a 51.7metre high crane and preparations are being put in place for the Easter break.

All the rides and attractions – including the return of the helter skelter - will be open over the holiday along with a host of free entertainment laid on for customers.

Work will continue on the £4 million development currently being undertaken on the eastern side of the landmark site while people enjoy a fun-filled weekend.

Pier Director Billy Ball said that the weather forecast looks to be better than previously predicted and he hopes for a busy weekend.

“People will be looking to get out with the family and enjoy themselves and there will be plenty on offer at the Pier,” he said.

“We will be fully open and the main entrance to the site will be in use for the first time since we started the project now that the roofing has been put back on the main concourse.

“Those coming down will also be able to get the chance to see the significant progress being made on the scheme taking place on the eastern side of the Pier.

“We are still on course to have Skull Point Adventure Golf Course and Discovery Bay Adventure Play and Family Restaurant ready for July along with the first floor Dockside Dodgems and the Captain’s Table Coffee Shop.”

The Pier was closed all day today (Monday) while the crane – which can lift 150 tons – was lifting the roofing panels into place.

The entire development is anticipated being fully completed early next year with the Pier remaining open throughout.

Included in the free entertainment this weekend are children’s act James Magic with four slots on Friday, Sunday and Monday with Magic Frosty on Saturday. A face painter will be there all four days from 2pm to 5pm.

Live music will be provided by Sammy B (Friday 1pm-4pm); Steve Ritchie (Saturday 1pm-4pm); Tony Meloy (Saturday 6pm-10pm); Tracey Moorehouse (Sunday 1pm-4pm); SMC (Sunday 6pm-10pm); and Words and Music (Monday 1pm-4pm).

Sunday will also see the first of seven spectacular firework extravaganza’s during the coming season.

Full details can be found on the Pier’s website

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