Pier parties at grand opening of visitor centre

Costumed victorians attended to celebrate the pier's heritage.

Costumed victorians attended to celebrate the pier's heritage. - Credit: Archant

A sunlit bank holiday celebration marked the official opening of Clevedon Pier’s new £2.25million visitor centre.

Hundreds of visitors turned out to see the new facilities – which include an interactive exhibition and restaurant – and to enjoy the entertainment on offer.

The RNLI impressed by carrying out a mock rescue while a variety of stalls were set up along the promenade which people could browse while listening to musical performances by the likes of the Barnacle Buoys and the Ukulele Funhouse Orchestra.

A Punch and Judy show entertained children who also got to have a picnic on the pier and take part in a pirate and princess promenade.

A party then lit up the Grade I-listed pier when the sun set, as guests danced to more live music before the event was capped off with fireworks.

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The Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust is looking for people to send in pictures of the celebrations to be used in its archive.

The winners of The Archivist Challenge will receive a £25 voucher of their choice and an annual pass.

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All photos, which should include the owner’s name and contact details, should be sent to bette.baldwin@btinternet.com or marked The Archivist Challenge and given in at the toll house.

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