Dazzling display for birthday
July 26, 2021
Clacton Pier celebrated its 150th birthday with a dazzling free
display of fireworks from the head of the iconic seaside attraction.
Families watched on from a safe distance at the Pier – and also
stretched out along the upper and lower promenades on Saturday night.
It was the second of eight extravaganzas to be staged to mark the
milestone year and this was the nearest one to the birthday date.
Director Billy Ball said that he was pleased to see so many out joining
in the fun.
“It is a very special birthday for us and Clacton as a town and despite
Covid there is plenty on offer for all ages to take part in,” he said.
“We will be putting on fireworks ever week of the school summer holiday
so no one should miss out as there will be plenty of opportunities to come
Mr Ball added that once again Clacton microclimate worked in the Pier’s
“The forecast for Saturday was pretty awful with thunder and lightning
expected, along with plenty of rain,” he said.
“However, it actually stayed dry all day and night and we were able to
go ahead with the fireworks as planned.”
The Pier is also celebrating its century and a half with three new rides
- the Clacton Pier Wheel Experience, the Looping Star Roller Coaster, and the
There will be further free
fireworks displays on July 31, August 7, August 14, August 21, and August 29 as
well as a further one in November for Guy Fawkes.
PHOTO BY KEVIN JAY