Clacton is the runner-up in Pier of Year 2019

by Nigel Brown Apr 09 2019 1     3,755
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April 9, 2019


Clacton has narrowly missed out on being named Pier of the Year for 2019.

The iconic landmark was chosen as the runner-up in the awards which are organised by the National Piers Society and voted for by its members.

The title went to Worthing – a previous winner in 2006 – and Clevedon was placed third best.

There are 61 surviving piers around the country out of a total of just over 100 and 29 of these received at least one vote in the awards.

Clacton Pier Director Billy Ball said that the pier was disappointed not to win but delighted to have come second, its highest ever standing.

“First and foremost, we would like to congratulate Worthing on their success which is well deserved,” he said.

“All pier owners are only too well aware how much money and hard work it takes to simply maintain these historic structures, let alone improve and enhance them for future generations to enjoy.

“We have carried out a major new development over the past 18 months which makes us a truly 52-week a year sustainable business providing valuable employment in the community.

“We have more plans in the pipeline and we certainly feel our efforts have been recognised by being named as runner-up. It would have been nice to have won the title – maybe it will be us next year for the first time!”

Mr Ball added there are 13 piers in East Anglia and also praised Felixstowe Pier which he felt would have been a worthy winner.

The National Pier Society is holding its 36th annual general meeting in Clacton for the first time from June 7-9.

The weekend will be based around the town’s Princes Theatre and the weekend’s events include visits to Clacton, Walton and Harwich piers.



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Janet BB 1 year ago

Clacton pier is looking the best it ever has. Huge investment by its owners. Well done to the Ball family - you certainly deserve a 1st place.

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