Brochure celebrating 150th anniversary of Clevedon Pier goes on sale

Clevedon Pier has released its 150th anniversary booklet. Picture: Tom Vaughan

Clevedon Pier has released its 150th anniversary booklet. Picture: Tom Vaughan - Credit: Tom Vaughan

Clevedon Pier’s history will be told through a special edition brochure.

The ever-beautiful Clevedon Pier.

The ever-beautiful Clevedon Pier. - Credit: Archant

The attraction will celebrate its 150th anniversary next month, remembering the highs and lows of the pier’s history.

In the lead up to this significant birthday, the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, who is responsible for the upkeep of the pier, has released a special brochure.

Through old pictures and stories, people can get an insight into how the pier came to be in its present form.

It looks at its opening in 1869 to the collapse of two spans, creating a big hole in October 1970.


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The pier’s marketing team worked with local businesses to produce the 34-page booklet detailing the history of the pier.

It will go on general sale tomorrow (Thursday).

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Board member Tom Vaughan, who has a background in marketing, said: “The brochure was something to signal the ups and downs of Clevedon Pier over 150 years.

“We wanted to make it very visual and be able to sell it for an affordable price which a lot of our visitors would like to buy in memory of the visit.

“We wanted something which reflected the history of the pier.

“Trust chairman Phil Curme did most of the words, I did the editing and the event co-ordinator Joe Novell did the pictures.

“It was made and printed in Clevedon and we are really happy with it.”

As part of the release, the trust is offering people the chance to win a painting by acclaimed artist Claire Wright.

The first 2,000 people to buy the brochure will be entered into the free draw to win a painting of The Porthole which looks down the underbelly of the pier.

Tom added: “This book will be just as relevant to buy next year as it is now. We can build on it and keep updating it.”

A birthday party will be held on the pier, in The Beach, on May 27 where live music, dance, craft stalls and food will be served. In the evening, it will be a ticketed event with people enjoying food and drinks served from Tiffin.

The celebrations will finish with fireworks off the end of the pier.

The brochure, priced £5.50, is available at the Toll House, in The Beach, from Books On The Hill or at www.clevedonpier.co.uk

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