Clacton Pier will welcome members of the armed forces and emergency services and their families over two free weekend events during the summer.
On the weekend of 17 June the pier will host the emergency services, providing up to four free wristbands for each family to enjoy its attractions and rides at no charge.
The offer is extended to all ‘blue light’ services, including the police, fire service, ambulance crews, RNLI and coastguard.
On 23 and 24 September it is the turn of the Armed Forces, with the pier giving members of the army, air force and navy the same generous offer.
Billy Ball, director of Clacton Pier, told the Clacton Gazette that the free weekends were always very well-received both by those who benefit and the general public.
He commented: “The offer is open to anyone in the blue light services or Armed Forces right across the country, not just those in the Tendring district.
“We want to show, in a practical way, our on-going support for the work they do to benefit the rest of us throughout the whole year.
“This is particularly relevant remembering what happened with the terrorist attack in Westminster recently where one police officer, PC Keith Palmer, put his life on the line to protect those around him. Sadly his life was lost following his selfless act of bravery.
“Others had to take care for those who suffered horrific injuries, some of whom died. “It is important that we do not forget these acts and try to give something back to those who put their lives on the line regularly for us. It is just a small thank you from Clacton Pier.”