Ready for bank holiday buzz

  • 24 May, 2021
  • On the pier

Press Release

Ready for some bank holiday buzz

May 24, 2021


Bosses at Clacton Pier are getting ready for a bumper weekend of family

It will be the first bank holiday of the season that both indoor and
outdoor attractions are open at the 6.5 acre site.

There will be live music, a free firework extravaganza on Sunday,  and the weather forecast promises sunshine and
warmer temperatures to pull in the visitors.

Pier director Billy Ball said that he is expecting a real buzz over the
three days.

“This weekend promises to be as normal as we have been for a very long
time and we are all really looking forward to it,” he said.

“Last bank holiday we had the rides operating but were unable to open the
indoor side of the business and there were no fireworks due to the existing
Covid restrictions at that time.

“That has now changed, and it will be fantastic to be able to give
residents and visitors the first firework display since November 2019. Everyone
has been quite rightly patient, but we are now able to return to a full programme
of family fun at last.”

 Mr Ball said the Pier has seen a
significant rise in numbers attending, although there is a reduced capacity in
line with the current government guidelines.

“As we have got busier, we find that we need to take on more full and
part-time staff and there are vacancies in all areas at the moment,” he added.

“We are looking for more ride attendants, bar staff, a cashier, chef,
kitchen assistant, service engineer and arcade staff as we move towards the
main summer season.

“Hopefully, we will get back to the sort of staffing levels we had
before the pandemic before too long.”

 The firework extravaganzas have
become a very popular part of the attraction’s calendar of events and can be
viewed on site or from the seafront.

This weekend’s display will be followed by July 24, July 31, August 7,
August 14, August 21, and August 29. A Guy Fawkes event is also scheduled for
November 6.

Work on the track for the new Looping Star roller coaster is now
complete and the ride is expected to be ready for the start of the school


Photo by Matthew Mallett

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