A ribbon was cut on Friday to official open a new heritage trail marking 150 years of Clacton-on-Sea.

 

Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to follow the Clacton 150 trail and learn about what was in the area before building of the town began, how the resort grew during the Victorian and Edwardian periods, and some notable landmarks such as the town’s many theatres and cinemas.

 

The trail has been installed by Tendring District Council, with funding from National Heritage Lottery Fund, ahead of Sunday which marks 150 years since the first ship docked at the newly completed Clacton Pier – and the town’s birthday.

 

Jeff Bray, Tendring District Council Chairman, cut the ribbon on the information board which overlooks Clacton Pier and is adjacent to a Clacton 150 flowerbed display planted by the council’s horticulture team.

 

“The Clacton 150 trail is eye-catching in its colour, and the pictures and information on the boards and really interesting to read,” Cllr Bray said. “Along the way there’s something for everyone, whether you want to re-live a trip to Butlin’s or you’re intrigued by some of the characters who helped to shape the town
to what it is today.”

 

The trail consists of 19 information boards, stretching from Jaywick Sands to Holland Haven and going into Clacton town centre, charting various aspects of Clacton’s history. Some of the board also have augmented reality options for those with smartphones, and there are also audio benches recanting people’s memories of the town.

 

Also at the ribbon cutting were two historians, Roger Kennell and Richard Walker, who were among the team who helped to research and write the information on the trail.

 

People and businesses are encouraged to hold their own events and activities to
celebrate Clacton 150, and share details with the co-ordinating team at
[email protected]

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