Site of the bench in Clacton-on-Sea
The listening bench in Clacton-on-Sea now features new audio!
Visit the bench to hear the new recordings that give an insight into people who have visited this seaside resort over the years, including tourists and evacuees. The scripts were written by Martin, Tony, Roger, Paul, and Norman from the Clacton and District Local History Society using inspiration from newspaper articles, contemporary reports, and memories submitted to the Society’s magazine, the ‘Clacton Chronicle’. They were read by members of the West Cliff Theatre’s Youth Theatre, with introductions from Martin Ridley of the History Society.
Location of the bench in Clacton
The bench is situated outside the West Cliff Theatre on Tower Road.
Audio clips on this bench
An Evacuee to Clacton (Button A Clip 1)
Children from Edmonton, London were evacuated to Clacton in September 1939. What did they think of the experience? This clip gives one account of what might have happened to an evacuee. Read by William.
Transport to Clacton (Button A Clip 2)
Clacton-on-Sea has long been a tourist destination, but the way people travelled there has changed over the years. These clips give an insight into the different transport methods used. Read by Courtney, James, Phoebe, Dan, and Kathleen.
Mods and Rockers at the Seaside (Button B Clip 1)
Mods and Rockers gathered at Clacton-on-Sea in the 1960s, as well as other seaside towns in Essex. What was the atmosphere really like in those days? Read by Scarlett.
The History of Clacton Pier (Button B Clip 2)
Roger Kennell shares information about the history of Clacton’s famous landmark, the Pier.
Acknowledgements (Button B Clip 3)
Acknowledging those who have supported the listening bench.