Children build replica pier – Blue Peter-style!

  • 9 May, 2018
  • In the community
  • Local activities


Children taking part in a construction event at Clacton Library had a
special flying visit from Sidney the Seagull.

Around 20 youngsters attended the session organised by staff to build a
model of Clacton Pier in just two hours using a range of materials.

It was one of a number of regular events being put on at the library
during half terms – and more are to follow.

Manager Michele Price said she was delighted with the turnout, as well
the visit from Sidney, the Pier’s mascot.

“The whole idea was to get children actively working together to create
a model of a building which is important to the town’s history and which means
something to them,” she said.

“The Clacton Historical Society also put on a display of photos and
information about the Pier and parents and grandparents joined in with the
model making.

“It was a real team effort and everyone had a great time.”

Nigel Brown, Clacton Pier’s Communications Manager who also went along
to the event, said it was amazing to see what could be achieved in such a short

“The basic structure came together very quickly and then the children
and their helpers created the various rides and made the whole thing come to
life,” he added.

“The Pier is keen to get involved in the community and we hope to do
more with Clacton Library in the future.

“Sidney the Seagull definitely gave his approval and posed for photos
with the children – and the library staff!”

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