Fundraising family fun night date set

  • 14 February, 2023
  • On the pier


A fundraising family fun night will be staged again this summer to help boost
cash for community groups.

Clacton Pier and the town’s carnival organisers are getting together for
the third year in succession to put on the popular event.

It is planned to include free live musical entertainment outside the
Boardwalk Bar and Grill, face painting, children’s characters and superheroes
as well as a heavily discounted £10 one-off ride wristband.

The event will take place on August 11 between 6pm and 9pm and will form
part of Clacton Carnival Association’s week-long programme.

The pier makes a donation from the night to boost the association’s
coffers from which money is handed out to support local groups and

Pier director Billy Ball said that the idea came about in 2021 when the
carnival procession had to be cancelled for the second year due to Covid.

“It was a big blow for the organisers and we wanted to do something to
help their fundraising efforts as they do so much for the town’s summer
celebrations,” he added.

“The fun evening started as a trial but now seems to have become an
annual event and has proved very popular with residents and visitors.

“It does create a real carnival atmosphere on the pier with families
flocking to the attraction to make the most of what’s on offer.”

Paul Townend, Chairman of Clacton Carnival Association, said the committee
was delighted to hear the collaboration would continue this summer.

“The pier contacted us to ask if we wanted them to stage the fun night
and we were thrilled they still wanted to be involved,” he said.

“It is a valuable addition to our programme and has worked really well
over the past two years.”

The theme of the 2023 carnival procession is holidays, festivals and


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