Two fireworks displays on Saturday

by Nigel Brown Nov 01 2021 0     1,691
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November 1, 2021

 

A popular seaside attraction is preparing for its free Guy Fawkes fireworks extravaganza this weekend following a bumper Halloween Festival.

Clacton Pier is staging two displays on Saturday (November 6) which will be put on at the far end of the structure.

The first will be held at about 6pm – aimed especially for those who are unable to stay up until the later event at around 9pm.

The displays are being arranged as normal by Dynamic Fireworks of Colchester.

Pier director Billy Ball said the idea is to ensure all ages are catered for and no one misses out on the fun.

“We introduced two displays a few years ago and the idea went down very well so we have decided to keep that format,” he said.

“Fireworks fans are quite welcome to stay and watch both if they want to, but we were aware that 9pm was a bit late for the younger audience.

Mr Ball said the pier has just enjoyed a bumper Halloween Festival which was well-attended throughout the nine days.

“We were very lucky with the weather during half term and that made all the difference.”

Mr Ball added that about 1,800 pumpkins were needed in the pumpkin patch and the remains – along with the straw – will be heading off to Colchester Zoo.

“We delivered a lorry load to the zoo last time, and it was well received so we are doing the same again,” he said. “It saves any waste and helps another business in the leisure and hospitality industry.”

The new Looping Star roller coaster, which opened on the first day of the festival, proved a huge draw with excellent feedback from visitors.

The pier is already preparing for its exciting Christmas activities which will include Santa’s Grotto and the North Pole Experience running from November 29 to December 23. For further details and to book online visit www.clactonpier.co.uk

PHOTO BY KEVIN JAY

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