Clacton Pier’s new White Water Log Flume proved a “splash hit”last weekend, after opening to visitors for the first time.
The ride, originally scheduled to open for Easter this year, soaked its first guests on 22 August, after the final touches were completed by engineers earlier this month.
“Everyone seemed to love it; some got off and went straight to the back of the queue for another go,” said pier director Billy Ball. “We had some great feedback and the weather was just about perfect for the ride’s first day of operation.”
“We were a little concerned when it was so windy on Friday, but it dropped enough for us to be able to open on Saturday lunchtime and it was a great weekend for us.”
The first riders were strapped into the ride around midday, with each of the five log carriages operating at half capacity to facilitate social distancing.
The flume was purchased by the pier from Codonas Park in Aberdeen last year, before being totally refurbished during the winter.
The Looping Star Roller Coaster was also slated to join the log flume before Easter this year, however heavy storms in February compromised the pier’s ride deck, with the coaster now expected to open in early 2021.