Clacton Pier lights up for World FunFair Month

Clacton Pier lights up for World FunFair Month
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Clacton Pier has turned its illuminations red, white and blue in order to mark World Funfair Month and celebrate the “rich history” of the showmen and traveller communities.

 

With pier owners Billy and Elliot Ball able to trace their showmen roots back five generations, the display is designed to honour the history of the funfair, and help secure its future.

“Fun fairs have a very rich history and involved all sections of society – right up to royalty,” said Billy Ball. “The Pier is a business which has its own funfair; these go back to trading markets which then went on to encompass entertainment, including shows, performing artists, parades, bioscopes, boxing booths, and shows of strength.”

“We acknowledge their vital place in the community, the role they have played in our heritage and feel it is important to celebrate that.”

With the industry severely impacted by Covid, World FunFair Month aims to encourage greater celebration of fun fairs and the impact they have had on their local communities, as well as raising awareness for the situation currently faced by showmen.

“There has been a great deal of talk about the difficulties experienced in this area by our industry recently and it is about us acknowledging that and recognising it is where it all started for us,” added Ball.

“The future and how we aim to upgrade our offer is vital, but we should also look back and remember our rich history and how we got here. It should never be forgotten.”


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