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Viv S
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08/08/2017 7:13 pm  

Spent a nice few minutes today sitting on the new bench outside the Westcliff Theatre.  Its a Listening Bench and its free.  When you press the central button it tells you some Clacton History: the pier, the pier swimming pool, hotels, pier rides and theatres.  Brief but enjoyable, made a pleasant change.


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Rogina
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09/08/2017 8:27 am  

Will have to look for it, how long has it been tbere? sounds very interesting,  hope the vandals don't  get  there first


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09/08/2017 12:39 pm  

I was early for my appointment, at Ivy Benson House, this morning, so I took up your idea Viv, and sat on the 'Listening Bench'!!

Thank you for that. It is certainly informative. For me though it brought back many happy childhood memories, especially of the swimming pool on the pier! I belonged at that time to the Clacton Swimming club...............not that I was a good swimmer!


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Viv S
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09/08/2017 1:24 pm  
Posted by: Maureen S

I was early for my appointment, at Ivy Benson House, this morning, so I took up your idea Viv, and sat on the 'Listening Bench'!!

Thank you for that. It is certainly informative. For me though it brought back many happy childhood memories, especially of the swimming pool on the pier! I belonged at that time to the Clacton Swimming club...............not that I was a good swimmer!

Glad you enjoyed it too.  Not sure if it was fixed or the Westcliff take it in overnight.......Didnt quite understand the bit about the "stellar" ride? on the pier....Did you?


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09/08/2017 1:39 pm  

Lovely idea, so glad we have had one installed, these are being put in lots of places in Essex, thought we might be missed out, hope its looked after.


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09/08/2017 2:08 pm  

Viv, if my memory serves me aright, it was a big swish back ride! It seemed pretty scary at the time!


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09/08/2017 2:23 pm  

https://youtu.be/APloCV6vnJQ

This is it Viv 🙂


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Viv S
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09/08/2017 2:32 pm  

Cor flip......those were the days......Felt woozy just looking at it whereas years ago I would have been on it!....Thanks Gill.  Wonderful


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09/08/2017 8:25 pm  

Yes my uncle worked on it from 1947 for many years. I used to go on it all the time. He was kept on in the winter, and his job was to paint it. Said it was like the painting the  forth bridge . So dissapointing when my granddaughter came down looking forward to a go on the ride, only to find it closed, not enough staff to run all the rides. I complained having  spent £30 to use all the rides. There seemed to be only one person running several rides one at a time, this also caused long queues for the rides that were open.


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09/08/2017 8:39 pm  

Thank you for that Gill!   I also enjoyed the Jim Reeves that went with it!!


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Viv S
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22/02/2020 1:22 pm  

Great photo on FB at the moment of Steel Stella in 1953


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