Dates for free family weekends

  • 23 January, 2023
  • In the community


Two free family fun weekends are being hosted by Clacton Pier this
summer for frontline Emergency Services and the Armed Forces.

The events, which returned last year following cancellation in 2020 and
2021 due to Covid restrictions, always prove popular.

They are staged as a thank you to the organisations involved for everything
they continue to do for communities right across the country.

The weekends are not restricted to local families and are open to all who
are eligible.

The event for the Emergency Services will take place on June 17 and 18
and will be followed by the weekend for the Armed Forces and Veterans on
September 16 and 17.

Pier director Billy Ball said the aim is to give the families some
quality down time and a chance to make happy memories.

“We want them to be able to come along and enjoy a free day out with our
attractions and facilities at their disposal,” he said.

“It is a chance for them to relax together and get away from their
hectic and demanding jobs for a few hours.

“We have announced the dates as early as possible this year so that they
can get them in their diaries and make the necessary arrangements.”

Those who want to attend the Emergency Services event will need to
provide a staff ID card at the ticket box and work on the frontline for either
the Police, Fire, Ambulance, RNLI or Coastguard. A Forces ID card will be
required for the Armed Forces weekend.

The pier normally gives out around £15,000 to £20,000 worth of
wristbands to those attending the two weekends.

There are up to four free rides wristbands available to each family and
live music and children’s entertainment is also laid on.

Further details of the entertainment will be released nearer the time
and the pier will remain open to all customers on both weekends.

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