A memorable award-winning weekend at Clacton Pier
June 10, 2019
It was a memorable and award-winning weekend
for Clacton Pier.
The town’s landmark attraction played host to
more than 100 members of the National Piers Society (NPS) – including actor and
actress couple Timothy West and Prunellas Scales.
And on top of that Pier owners Billy and
Elliot Ball picked up a prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the
society at its annual meeting.
It was only the second time in the society’s 40
year history that the award has been made.
NPS Chairman Tim Wardley made the presentation
on stage at Tendring District Council’s Princes Theatre on Saturday afternoon.
“This award is only given out very occasionally
– in fact this is the second time – and is in recognition of the excellent work
the Ball brothers have carried out at Clacton Pier over the past ten years,” he
“They have had a tremendous impact on not only
the Pier but also the town and we congratulate them on all they have achieved.”
The award came as a complete surprise and had
been kept a closely guarded secret.
“We thought we were going along to the annual
meeting to say a few words of welcome to the NPS and we then received this much
appreciated accolade,” said Billy.
“It came completely out of the blue and it is a
truly great honour from this national organisation.”
Billy said it was a pleasure to be able to
host the members on Saturday. They were given a guided tour before their annual
meeting and spent several hours on the Pier.
The Society had an evening drinks reception and
quiz at the Princes Theatre on Friday evening and a gala dinner and variety
show there on Saturday evening. On Sunday they took a trip to Harwich on a vintage
bus and visited the Ha’Penny Pier and the LV 18 Lightship.
Mr Wardley added that the whole weekend had
been a huge success and it had been one of the best ever turnouts.
“Everyone commented on what a fantastic
weekend it had been, and I cannot remember a warmer welcome than the one we
received at Clacton Pier,” he said.
“We are also very grateful to Billy and Elliot
for their sponsorship of the event by meeting the costs of the Princes Theatre.”