Walton Pier undergoes “substantial investment”

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Walton Pier is to undergo “significant” investment this month, as the Tendring landmark prepares to announce several “very exciting” additions ahead of the summer season.


Owner Russell Bolesworth, who purchased the attraction in 2016, has begun work repairing the amusement arcade’s roof, alongside expanding the arcade offer.

“Works have started and we expect them to be finished in time for the summer season,” Bolesworth told the Clacton and Frinton Gazette. “We will have some very exciting announcements coming up very soon.”

Though Bolesworth did not reveal the specifics of the “substantial investment,” the announcement comes one year after Storm Darcy caused parts of the pier to collapse, as well as exacerbating existing structural issues with the roof.

At the time, Bolesworth said the structure could still support visitors, but the affected section was “moving around a bit.”

“We are hoping now we can get through this storm relatively unscathed with no more damage and then we will access it again.”

Bolesworth added that a “significant sum” is being spent on the latest stage of improvements, having cited “a struggling economy, the pandemic, and credit restrictions caused by Brexit as the reason for the previous lack of investment.”

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