The history of Tendring’s coastline is set to be brought to life through a series of free events supported by Essex County Council, Tendring District Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The two-year ‘Resorting to the Coast’ project launches at the end of August and aims to highlight the historic seaside heritage of Tendring’s coastal towns with help from The Grand Theatre of Lemmings theatre company.
The project will enable local people to discover the history of seaside entertainment through street theatre, installations, theatrical re-enactment and the sharing of memories. ‘Resorting to the Coast’ will engage audiences with the fascinating history of Clown Bertram, our local seaside hero.
Clown Bertram was a leading comedy character from Clacton and entertained crowds with his performances of banjo songs, a ventriloquist act, knobbly knees competitions and much more. He was the most popular and best-loved performer ever to appear in Clacton and spent 18 seasons from 1922 to 1939 entertaining both adults and children alike in packed houses.
Details on where you can find ‘Resorting to the Coast’ with the Grand Theatre of Lemmings:
- Wednesday, 30 August 12 to 4pm at Dovercourt Greensward, next to boating lake
- Thursday, 31 August 12 to 4pm at Jaywick Martello Tower
- Friday, 1 September 12 to 4pm at Frinton seafront, next to beach patrol
- Saturday, 2 September 12 to 4pm at Walton seafront, to the right of the pier
- Sunday, 3 September 12 to 4pm at Clacton seafront, to the right of the pier