Popular ride returns

by Nigel Brown Sep 21 2020 0     1,385
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September 21, 2020


One of the most popular rides on Clacton Pier is set to make a return for half term.

The Miami Beach Party has not been operating this year as it was sited next to an area of the ride deck which was affected by the storm damage in February.

However, the outside area of the Pier was closed for one day last week for the Miami to be moved across to its new position.

Director Billy Ball said that the relocation went very smoothly.

“Everything went according to plan and the move was all completed by lunchtime with the outside areas reopening again the next day,” he said.

“The Miami will now go through its routine maintenance and tests along with a reinspection before being ready for operation during the half term holiday.

“With our rides being open on Winter weekends and school holidays for the first time – weather permitting – I am sure that it will be getting plenty of use and thrilling customers again.”

The winter opening of rides is being carried out on a trial basis this year. If it works out the aim is to continue in the future.

Pier bosses are currently putting the final touches to activities for Halloween celebrations which will still aim to be spectacular but in a Covid safe way.

It will be a similar situation at Christmas. Celebrations will be taking place, but the level will be dictated by what is allowed by the Government.

“With things likely to change over the coming weeks we will be keeping a close eye on what we can and can’t do while remaining Covid compliant,” added Mr Ball.

“These are extremely difficult times, but we all have to do what is required to keep everyone as safe as possible.”

One casualty – due to rules over large gatherings – will be the free November fireworks extravaganza.

“We have not been able to have any of our normal free displays throughout 2020 but that is where we are and we have to respect,” said Mr Ball.

“It is disappointing, but we are not the only ones and it is obviously not possible due to the large crowds they attract.”

Details about Halloween and Christmas will be announced as soon as possible.


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