Carnival atmosphere at Pier

  • 23 August, 2021
  • In the community


A true carnival atmosphere descended on Clacton Pier as it staged a
special family fun event which has been hailed a huge success.

The iconic seaside attraction teamed up with the town’s carnival
association to put on an evening with children’s characters, superheroes, fire
eaters, and other entertainment.

A reduced price ride band was introduced as a one-off, and the crowds
flocked to the site from 6pm to 9pm on Friday.

The popular Octopus Ahoy art trail’s mascot CJ was in attendance for photos
along with the Clacton Carnival Bear mascot, and Pier’s own mascot, Sidney the

The idea of the event was to replace the carnival street procession which
had to be cancelled for the second year in succession due to Covid restrictions
– and to tie in with the Pier’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Pier director Billy Ball said he was delighted with the turnout and the
positive feedback.

“Families started pouring on to the Pier from just before 6pm and they
were there the whole evening making the most of the attractions,” he said.

“This event really seemed to prove popular, and it was great to work
with the carnival association which has done so much for the town over many

“We also try to support the community whenever and wherever we can and
this was a win, win evening for everyone.”

Paul Townend, chairman of the Clacton Carnival Association, said that
the event was a great addition to the programme of events.

“Many of the committee were there on the night along with our mascot and
it was a huge success,” he added.

thank the Pier for coming up with the idea which generated a real carnival
atmosphere and lots of fun.”

Sunday (August 29) will be the last of the free fireworks extravaganzas to be
staged by the Pier during the school summer holidays.


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