Walton Pier postpones free ride weekend due to “too good a response”

Walton Pier postpones free ride weekend
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Walton Pier was forced to postpone its free rides event last week, after local residents and Tendring Council expressed concerns over the potential volume of visitor numbers.


The offer had been scheduled to take place on 17 and 18 October, however the weekend will now be rescheduled for late November, with a booking system in place.

“We at the Pier are extremely disappointed that we are not able to do what was proposed,” stated a spokesperson for the pier. “Due to circumstances outside of our control it was felt by us and the council to be more prudent to have control of the numbers visiting.”

The post announcing the free rides had reached over 100,000 people by the time the decision was made to push the event back, prompted in part by Essex moving into Tier Two restrictions.

The booking system will now be made available during the week commencing 2 November, with guests asked to make a small deposit in order to secure a time slot.

Ensuring the weekend of 17 October was “not a total disappointment,” the pier retained its extended opening hours and sold all wristbands at £5 each.

“We hope you appreciate we are trying to bring a bit of happiness to everyone out there,” added the pier, “we all need a bit right now.”

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