Stella's Revenge to make way for new ride

by Nigel Brown Jan 20 2020 1     5,424
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January 20, 2020

 

One of Clacton Pier’s main rides is being removed to make way for a bigger and more exciting attraction.

Eagle-eyed residents will have noticed the structure of Stella’s Revenge has started to be dismantled over the past week.

The change is all part of a project to enhance and upgrade the ride offer for the coming season.

Pier Director Billy Ball said that it is important that key attractions such as the rides, which have always been an anchor for the business, are improved.

“The additions for this summer are set to appeal more to the thrill seeker than the family audience,” he said.

“Stella’s Revenge has been up for almost 10 years and we want to replace it with a ride that will help take us to another level. As long as all the ducks fall into line, an announcement about the new attraction will be made within weeks.

“The new log flume is already taking shape and we hope to have the two new statement rides in place for the main season.”

Advanced discussions are underway with a ride operator in South America to buy Stella’s Revenge and a deal has been approved in principal.

It was introduced to the Pier in 2011 to replace the Steel Stella Coaster which had been a star attraction from the 1930s to the 1970s.

The aim was to invoke the landmark’s past, bring back the glory days; hence why it was called Stella’s Revenge.

Customers will see a number of changes in the layout of the outdoor ride deck and work on the scheme has been taking place since November.

“Pier staff are working flat out to complete this overhaul as soon as possible but we were delayed by some very wet weather around Christmas time which has inevitably put us back on our origin schedule,” added Mr Ball.

“It is our plan to have up to ten rides open for February half term and the log flume and new attraction will be ready for Easter.

“This has been a major operation and we are keen to raise the standards of the ride offering in line with the indoor development, showing our ongoing commitment to improvement.”

During the February half term all rides in operation will be priced at £1, except for the Go-karts – which have moved to the centre of the deck as part of the revised layout.

 

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Linda 12 months ago

I know we have to go with the changes but I came to Clacton every year for 3 weeks until I was 19 and I loved it but career and family stopped me. I came back last year for a visit and cried! Wheres Clacton gone? The main arcade road, almost gone, the pier different, Cordys restraunt, gone, and an awful sight a great big premier inn on the seafront. I am so sad.

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