Thursday, January 27, 2022

Tag: Billy Ball

Clacton Pier unveils bumper 2022 fireworks programme

Clacton Pier fireworks programme 2022
Clacton Pier is to stage its largest ever free fireworks programme this year, with events taking place to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Easter Sunday, and Bonfire Night.

“It is here to stay”: Clacton Pier confirms purchase of big wheel

Clacton Pier purchases wheel
Clacton Pier has announced its 33-metre-high observation wheel “is here to stay,” after the Ball brothers purchased the landmark attraction following a successful summer.

Clacton Pier ensures “plenty of festive cheer” with Christmas experience

Clacton Pier Christmas experience
Clacton Pier is challenging the traditional economic theory that the British seaside is a seasonal business - and that season is not the winter.

VistEngland renews Clacton Pier accreditation

VisitEngland renews Clacton Pier Accreditation
Clacton Pier has once again received accreditation from VisitEngland, with the UK tourism body increasing the attraction’s overall quality score after recognising “notable improvements” at the Essex landmark.

Crowds flock to see Clacton Pier’s double firework spectacular

Clacton Pier firework display
Crowds “flocked” to Clacton Pier on 6 November, as the landmark attraction rounded off its free fireworks programme with a double display.

Clacton Wheel to spend Christmas in Wales

Clacton Pier Wheel relocated to Wales
Clacton Pier’s anniversary wheel is to be temporarily relocated to Wales for the Swansea Winter Wonderland this year, following an “amazing” first season on the pier.

First tests complete on Clacton Pier’s new Looping Star ride

Clacton Pier Looping Star roller coaster test
Clacton Pier has completed its first test of the much-anticipated Looping Star roller coaster, with the ride set to open during the attraction’s upcoming Halloween Festival.

Cleaning up act: Piers behind community litter-picking drive

Great British Beach Clean Marine Conservation Society Piers
Teams from Clacton Pier and Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier were on hand to drive community engagement on 26 September, as staff and residents took part in the Great British Beach Clean.

Clacton Pier set for Antiques Road Trip broadcast

Clacton Pier Antiques Road Trip
Clacton Pier is to appear on BBC1 this week, five months after serving as a location for antiques experts on the popular daytime TV programme Antiques Road Trip.

Looping Star set for Halloween launch as Clacton Pier prepares for autumn

Looping Star set for Halloween launch Clacton Pier
After delays imposed by structural issues, supply shortages and Covid, Clacton Pier is set to open the Looping Star roller coaster this October in time for the Halloween Festival.

Clacton Pier lights up for World FunFair Month

Clacton Pier lights up for World FunFair Month
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.

Clacton Pier marks Bank Holiday with fireworks spectacular

Clacton Pier fireworks Bank Holiday
Clacton Pier marked the last Bank Holiday of the summer this weekend with a spectacular fireworks display, following a special anniversary fly past organised by Tendring District Council to celebrate the town’s 150th birthday.

Third new anniversary ride for Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier new ride Race-O-Rama
As part of its 150th anniversary celebrations, Clacton Pier has installed Race-O-Rama, a new ride aimed at younger audiences, part of a major investment in its entertainment offering.

Staff shortage at Clacton Pier as workforce opts for safer bets

Clacton Pier hospitality recruitment
What once was an opportunity to work at a premier seaside attraction, has now become a worry about further lockdowns and restrictions, according to Clacton Pier owner Billy Ball, who is finding it difficult to fill the many vacant staff positions at the pier now it has reopened. And Ball, as you will become acutely aware in the coming weeks, isnot alone in the hospitality industry.

Families roll up as Clacton Pier wheel makes its debut

Clacton wheel makes debut
Families “rolled up in their droves” to visit Clacton Pier’s new observation wheel last weekend, as the 33m attraction was unveiled to the public.

Clacton Pier given big wheel go-ahead

Clacton Pier anniversary wheel
After almost a year of indecision, Clacton Pier has finally been granted permission to erect its 33 metre anniversary wheel, with work expected to be completed within the week.

Clacton Pier lit up as seaside shines

Clacton Pier lit up as seaside shines
As Clacton Pier marked bank holiday with its first firework display of the season, seaside resorts up and down the country welcomed back visitors making the most of the sun.

“It’s great to be back”: Local papers back industry return

reopening local paper news industry return
As arcades, FECs and amusement centres reopened on 17 May, local media across the UK were some of the first through the door, with reporters keen to celebrate the return of the business of fun.

Going to the Ball: Clacton Pier saves carnival

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

Clacton Pier brings weekly firework displays back to town

Clacton Pier Fireworks
Clacton Pier has confirmed it is to host eight free fireworks extravaganzas between May and August this year, including one every week during the school summer holidays.

“It is heaven”: Overjoyed customers return to Clacton Pier as lockdown eases

Clacton Pier reopening overjoyed customers
The role of amusement attractions in the seaside economy was put into sharp focus last week when Clacton Pier opened its doors for the first time since the turn of the year. To say the east coast town was overwhelmed would be an understatement. Coinslot looks back over the nine days since Clacton was set free

Antiques Road Trip rolls onto Clacton Pier

Antiques Road Trip visit Clacton Pier
Clacton Pier played host to the team of Antiques Road Trip last weekend, as Catherine Southon and Serhat Ahmet visited the attraction while filming the 22nd series of the BBC favourite.

Clacton Pier bosses urge council to give new wheel attraction the go-ahead

Clacton Pier bosses urge council on new wheel
Looking to make a big comeback after a year of closures, Clacton Pier managing director Billy Ball has urged the local council to approve plans for his new big wheel attraction, with the operator not discouraged by neighbouring Clacton Pavilion plans for a big wheel of its own.

Boom time: Clacton Pier anticipates “bumper summer”

Clacton Pier Staycation bumper season Tendring coast
Clacton Pier is looking forward to people “flocking to the Tendring coast” this summer, as the government warns against booking holidays abroad until 2022.

Clacton attractions compete for big wheel installation

Clacton observatory wheel
Clacton Pier and the seaside town’s Pavilion continue to go head to head in the race to install a 30m observation wheel, each determined to mark the town’s 150th anniversary with the resort’s new centre-piece attraction..

“We are bouncing back”: Clacton Pier looks to a positive 2021

Clacton Pier
After Clacton Pier was hit by storms both literal and metaphorical in 2020, the Tendring landmark’s owners are looking ahead to a brighter, busier new year. Billy and Elliot Ball explain.

The big wheel keeps on turning: Clacton’s Pier and Pavilion vie to install new observation wheel

observation wheel Clacton
Clacton Pier and Clacton Pavilion have both entered discussions with the district council in order to site a new observation wheel in the coastal town. The pier’s Billy Ball says “Clacton must continue to aim high,” but neighbour Billy Peak believes he will deliver the premier attraction.

Clacton Pier granted MMO licence for ride deck repair

Clacton Pier granted MMO licence for deck repair
Following the collapse of its ride deck in February this year, Clacton Pier has finally been granted a construction licence by the Marine Management Organisation, allowing repair work to begin.

Make-over: Clacton Pier continues “proactive” maintenance programme

Clacton Pier maintenance programme
Clacton Pier has stated its property maintenance team are making the most of the second lockdown by undertaking a “full programme” of works, including structural developments, ride checks, and the construction of Santa’s North Pole Experience.

Clacton Pier launches its own Go Out to Help Out scheme

Clacton Pier Go out to help out initiative
Clacton Pier has launched Go Out to Help Out, a new initiative which will give visitors 50 percent off rides, amusements, adventure golf and bowling every day throughout September