Historic Clevedon Pier scoops best gong

11:11am - 23 April 2021

Historic Clevedon Pier has been named Pier of the Year for the third time.

The popular North Somerset attraction, the only Grade 1 listed pier in the country, was awarded the accolade by the National Piers Society.

Clevedon Pier is the only pier to have won the award for the third time, having previously been named Pier of the Year in 1999 and 2013.

Its chairman Phil Curme said the award was the ‘perfect tribute’ to all those who helped it meet the challenges of the pandemic.

Staff and volunteers worked hard to enable visitors back by implementing creative social distancing measures, such as planting flowers to mark out a one-way system, traffic lights and a lollipop person.

The pier, which opened in 1869, needs to generate an annual surplus of £100,000 to cover running costs and long-term maintenance.

It faced an uncertain future during lockdown last year but was given grants totalling £39,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a £24,600 grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The pier is now open again seven days a week, with some restrictions in place to ensure social distancing.

Find out more on the website or follow the pier on Facebook.