Timothy West and Prunella Scales heading for Clacton Pier at weekend

  • 2 June, 2019
  • On the pier


Nationally renowned husband and wife actor and
actress Timothy West and Prunella Scales will be part of a large party of more
than 100 people descending on Clacton at the weekend.

The pair are patrons of the National Piers Society
(NPS) which is staging its annual meeting in the town for the first time.

The celebrations will be centred around
Tendring District Council’s Princes Theatre which will host an evening drink’s reception
and quiz on Friday (June 7), the meeting itself on the Saturday afternoon (June
8), followed by a gala dinner and a variety show.

On the Saturday morning members will be going
to Clacton Pier for a tour of the newly-refurbished attraction where they will
be shown round by owners Billy and Elliot Ball.

Then on Sunday the party will be taken on a
trip to Harwich by vintage bus where they will look round the town’s Ha’Penny
Pier along with other venues including the LV18 lightship.

Pier Director Billy Ball said that it is a
great honour for Clacton to host this prestigious event which will bring
business to the town.

“They normally hold their annual meeting weekends
in places like Blackpool and Torquay and we are delighted to welcome them to
Clacton for the first time,” he said.

“We are looking forward to hosting them on the
Pier and taking them around to show them the significant improvements we have
made as part of our major investment.

“The majority of people will be staying in the
district overnight and spending their money here.”

Chairman Tim Wardley expressed his thanks on behalf of the entire society for
the generous sponsorship offered towards the costs of the AGM weekend by
Clacton Pier. 

As a national organisation we work with all coastal communities and seaside
piers. Our recent evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee for
Revitalising Seaside Towns demonstrated that seaside piers are prime drivers of
inward investment to the resorts they serve, and nowhere better is this demonstrated
than here at Clacton,” he added.

millions of pounds of investment by the Ball family has produced an all-weather,
all year attraction that has increased footfall to the resort, encouraged other
stakeholders to invest in the town, and really put Clacton back on the map as a
family oriented destination for pleasure and fun. 

am really looking forward to showing our members the great improvements and
investment at Clacton and showing them around one of the great success stories
of the pier world. We are delighted to be at Clacton this year”. 

(Timothy West – right – is pictured with NPS President Gavin Henderson who is also coming to Clacton)

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