Clacton pier has been in the hands of the local Ball family since 2009. Back then they say it was in need of a facelift and in the last six years they’ve invested heavily in the pier’s future.
The pier started life in 1871 as a jetty for the landing of goods. But it wasn’t long before the day trippers were coming
A theatre and pavilion were added to accommodate them and by the mid 1940s the pier had helped Clacton become one of the country’s leading seaside resorts.
Roy Hudd was one of the many performers to appear at the Ocean Theatre.
The theatres though are long gone. It’s the amusements that now bring in the crowds.
60% of the pier is in the water most of the time and at least once a week engineers are underneath the pier carrying out checks and each day carpenters are inspecting the boards.
Being in the private sector, managing director of Clacton pier Billy Ball says there are many grants he can’t apply for and he believes there should be more financial support to keep these historic structures standing.
Click below to watch a special report on the history of Clacton pier by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard