Cromer Pier celebrates 200 years of piers in Britain

Visitors and theatre enthusiasts headed for Cromer to celebrate 200 years of piers in Britain.

The open day stated at 10am on Cromer Pier, home of the last remaining ‘end of pier’ show in Europe. Jugglers, stilt walkers, clowns, fortune tellers and musicians celebrated the historic landmark throughout the day.

Rebecca Wass, general manager, said: “Piers are a great British institution and an important part of our national heritage, which is why we wanted to mark 200 years of this seaside tradition by bringing the magic into the town”

Cromer is home to only one of five working piers in the country. Two hundred balloons were given away to mark the occasion – one of which contained a prize of a £200 holiday voucher to spend with Norfolk Country Cottages.

A rare opportunity to visit behind the scenes was a favourite on the day and there was even an actress playing the resident theatre ghost in the wings.

Tim Wardley, vice-chairman of the National Piers Society, said: “Today celebrates the 200th anniversary of the oldest surviving seaside pier in the United Kingdom, at Ryde on the Isle of Wight and it’s wonderful Cromer Pier has joined in”

Chief executive of North Norfolk District Council, Sheila Oxtoby, explained the importance to celebrate the pier event following the impact of the December 2013 tidal surge. or call the Box Office team on 01263 512 495.

Flashback to when a tidal surge swept the East Coast of the UK, December 2013 and severely damaged the pier. It was the worst since the big floods in 1953. Photographs and video footage highlighting the damage caused by the devastating power of the sea in Cromer, Norfolk.

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