Clacton Pier and Pleasureland offer free fun to emergency service staff

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Emergency services workers and their families have been invited to special free fun days at Clacton Pier and Pleasureland this weekend.

They will be welcomed to enjoy the pier’s attractions and rides at no charge, with up to four free wristbands given to each family on Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June.
The invite is open to all of the blue light services, including ambulance crews, the police, fire service, RNLI and coastguard. During the weekend several of the services will be bringing a vehicle, such as a fire truck, to the forecourt outside Clacton Pier to give families the opportunity to take photos and look at the rescue equipment.
Speaking the day after the London Bridge terror attack, pier managing director Billy Ball said it was important to recognise the people who play a special part in protecting their communities.
He said: “Our blue light services do a fantastic job looking after us and we want to do something to thank them.
“We have run these events for several years now and they are well received. The offer is open to anyone in the blue light services from across the country, not just those in the Tendring district.
“None of them have an easy job to do and it is getting harder all the time – especially in light of recent weeks and what happened last night.
“This is a chance for those of them that are off duty to come and relax on the Pier with their families and have some fun.”
It follows the example set by Southport’s Pleasureland amusement park, which gave 50 free ride tokens to any ambulance, fire, police or NHS staff on 2 June in response to the recent bomb attack in Manchester.
A spokesperson for the amusement park said: “Pleasureland would like to say a big thank you to our wonderful emergency services and their often unsung heroes.
“In troubled times, we take for granted the work done by our police, ambulance, fire and NHS colleagues.
“But it’s not just the big events where they make a difference, it’s also the less publicised support they give to each of us that we want to thank them for.”

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