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Competition launched to find a new name for the oldest building on Clacton Pier

The 'Jolly Roger' was built in the 1800s. Credit: Clacton pier

A competition has been launched to rename the oldest building on Clacton Pier.

'The Jolly Roger' was built in 1881 and the current owner's want to give it a new name as part of a £4 million revamp of the pier.

The closing date for entries is May 8 and the winners would receive a family annual pass for four people.

“The building is very significant in the Pier’s overall history and was responsible for it becoming a true leisure pier, rather than just a working platform as it began its life under the control of the Woolwich Steam Packet Company,” Nigel Brown, Clacton Pier’s Communications Manager, said.

“It is a very important structure and has some magnificent features inside. The idea is to come up with a name that really does the building justice.

“The aim in the longer term is for it to be revamped as a multi-use venue which will continue to be home to a circus but could also be used for business conferences, trade shows, concerts, a sporting venue for boxing, darts or snooker – or even weddings.”