Going to the Ball: Clacton Pier saves carnival

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Clacton Pier has stepped in to save the town’s carnival, after the annual procession was cancelled for the second year running.


Clacton Pier has joined forces with the Clacton Carnival Association to stage a new family fun event this summer, after the town’s annual carnival procession was cancelled for the second year in a row.

The iconic attraction will host the Carnival Pier Night on 20 August, staging free live musical entertainment on the boardwalk, as well as hiring a number of costumed characters and children’s entertainers.

“A team of volunteers at Clacton Carnival Association have been providing so much fun and entertainment for our community for many, many years,” said pier director Billy Ball.

“Through no fault of their own their programme has been curtailed again this year and as part of our 150th birthday celebrations we were keen to offer our support.”

Local party firm Ash-Le Entertainment will provide the entertainment, with the pier hosting bands and musicians outside the Boardwalk Bar and Grill.

“It has been a huge disappointment to us and the community that we cannot hold the procession once again this year and have had to scale down events,” said CCS chair Paul Townend. “It was a terribly sad decision that we had to make; there was no chance of the procession going ahead under the current circumstances.”

“It is the first time we have teamed up with the Pier but hopefully it won’t be the last! We have always had the support of businesses in the town, and this is another example of that.”

A percentage of the money raised from the Carnival Pier Night will be donated to the Clacton Carnival Association.

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