Weston’s Grand Pier saw 1,200 service personnel visit the attraction on the weekend of 23 November, after the pier organised a special event in order to say “thank you for all that they do.”
Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier hosted more than 1,000 service personnel over the weekend of 23 and 24 November, after offering unlimited ride wristbands to all those in the emergency services and armed forces.
Members of the fire and rescue service, police, ambulance, air ambulance, RNLI, NHS, the British Army, RN, Royal Marines, RAF, cadets and veterans visited the pier with their families during the event.
“The emergency services and armed forces play a vital role in protecting us and our country,” said Grand Pier group marketing manager Lucy Graham.
“For the second year running, in recognition of their continuous dedication and commitment, we invited them for a weekend at the Grand Pier dedicated to them, as a small way of saying thank you for all that they do.”
Just over 1,200 wristbands were handed out by pier staff over the two days, with recipients able to visit the largest arcade in Weston-super-Mare, ride on the Robocoaster and Sidewinder, and enjoy the soft play area for no charge.
Though registration for the bands was made in advance, the number of visitors far exceeded how many past and present servicemen and women the pier had hoped would be able to join the celebration.
“We were so pleased that so many of them took up the offer,” added Graham.
“It was so rewarding for us to know that, if only for one day, we were able to offer them a fun-filled escape from the stresses, strains and responsibilities of their vital roles, and to help them make some precious memories with their loved ones.”