Purple for Census

  • 15 March, 2021
  • On the pier

Clacton Pier to go purple in
celebration of Census 2021


Clacton Pier will join more
than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up
purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.


The event is being organised
by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of census day on
March 21, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the
people and households in England and Wales.


Other iconic landmarks
including the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and
Blackpool Tower are signed up for the celebration, which will see them light up
in the Census 2021 brand colour from Friday March 19 through to March 21.


The census helps inform the
provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the
appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to
properly serve their communities.


Pete Benton, ONS Director of
Census Operations, commented:


“The census is such an
important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every
single day within our communities.


“We wanted to shine a
(purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local
areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the
communities we live in.


“We’re thrilled with all
the support we have received so far and would like to thank Clacton Pier for
their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and
be part of history.”


Clacton Pier will light up
purple on Friday March 19 at 6pm for three days.


Billy Ball, managing director
of Clacton Pier, said he is delighted the landmark attraction has been chosen
as one of the flagship buildings for the campaign.


“Since we introduced our
lighting around the Pier, we have been able to support many initiatives and
bring awareness to many good causes,” he said.


“As soon as we were asked,
we jumped at the chance to support Census 2021 and are proud to be a part of
this important campaign.”



Every household in England
and Wales will now be receiving their census letters with unique access codes
enabling them to fill in their census online. Census day is March 21, but you
can fill yours in as soon as you receive your letter if you’re confident there
will be no change in who usually lives in your household.  Papers forms are available for those who need it, plus a
range of other support.
If you need any help, or to request a paper
form, you can visit our website
www.census.gov.uk.  Our census support centre (freephone 0800
141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales) is available if you can’t find
the help you need online.


For further information on
Census 2021, visit

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