Final preparations underway

by Nigel Brown May 10 2021 0     640
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May 10, 2021


Final preparations are being made for the full reopening of Clacton Pier.

All indoor facilities at the seaside attraction will return on Monday May 17 for the first time in five months following lockdown restrictions.

It will include Discovery Bay soft play area, Skull Point adventure golf, the amusement arcades, dodgems, seaquarium and cafes and restaurants.

Pier director Billy Ball said that while outdoor rides have been operating since mid-April it will be a relief to see the rest of the attraction opening up again.

“This is the date we have been longing for and it will mean that we almost return to business as usual - but with the existing Covid guidelines in place,” he said.

“A great deal of hard work has been taking place behind the scenes to get us ready for this point and it will be good to welcome back staff who work in our indoor areas for the first time since before Christmas.

“It has been brilliant to have families here for almost a month now outdoors, but it is so important to have all the attractions running again.

“We have carried out the cleaning and hygiene measures required and will continue to do so. There will also be social distancing measures in place and masks will need to be worn where necessary.”

Mr Ball said he was pleased for all those involved in the hospitality and leisure sector that they can start to trade properly again.

“Let’s hope there are no setbacks, and we can all start to enjoy a fun summer in as a normal a business environment as possible,” he added.

“Both Clacton and the Pier are 150 years old this year and we want to celebrate that with residents and visitors alike and make it a special time.”

The new Looping Star roller coaster structure has taken shape over the past week and it is expected to have everything in place and ready to go for the school summer holidays.

“The strong winds recently have not helped but we have ploughed on with the installation and it is going well,” said Mr Ball.

“The Looping Star has caused plenty of excitement already and people are looking forward to going on this new thrill ride.”


Photo by Kevin Jay

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