Firework fans flock to Pier

  • 6 March, 2023
  • On the pier


Crowds turned out in force for a free fireworks extravaganza in Clacton
to launch a national celebration of seaside piers.

Families flocked to the town’s pier and seafront on Saturday (March 4) for
a sparkling display which got the Year of the Pier 2023 events off to flying

Hundreds gathered at the head of the attraction to get a close-up view
while many more watched from the upper and lower promenades.

Clacton Pier director Billy Ball said it was a great turnout –
especially considering it was a chilly March night.

“This is the earliest we have ever put on one of our fireworks
extravaganzas and it proved a hit with many families,” he said.

“It was added to our 2023 fireworks programme, which consists of 13
dates, to officially launch the Year of the Pier which is being celebrated right
across the country.”

Rides remained open until 10pm and SMC provided more than four hours of
live music in the Boardwalk Bar and Grill.

The pier lighting was turned blue – the colour of the National Piers
Society (NPS) which is organising the Year of the Pier.

Tim Wardley, NPS Chairman, who spent the day at Clacton, said it was an
exciting start to a whole host of events around the UK.

“It is all about highlighting the major role our piers play in boosting
the coastal tourism economy and what they have to offer to so many people,” he
added. “Clacton Pier is a major partner in this initiative, and we are grateful
for their on-going support.”

Photo by Kevin Jay


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