The brass plaque was unveiled by Julia Elton, an active supporter of the Pier, who is President of Clevedon Civic Society, and the daughter of Sir Arthur Elton, the 10th Baronet of Clevedon Court who founded the Clevedon Pier Preservation Trust.
The plaque has a specially commissioned logo created by local artist Emily Charlotte Moran, and has been positioned on a bench near the seventh trestle on the southern side of the Pier where the collapse began, bringing down the trestle on the northern side and the seventh and eight spans.
Phil Curme, Chairman of Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust, said:
“The plaque is not to celebrate the collapse, because that’s not something to celebrate, but to celebrate the achievement of the local community who did so much to preserve this wonderful Pier.”
In addition to the commemorative plaque, the anniversary of the collapse of Clevedon Pier is being marked in a variety of other ways.
A limited edition issue of 50 year passes has been made available to the first 50 applicants, and the story of the collapse of the Pier and the campaign to save it has been depicted upon storyboards donated by Foremost Signs, which have been positioned on the pier head to create an outdoor museum.
A scale model of the Pier, which was successfully used in presenting the case for rebuilding at a public inquiry, was brought to the Pier for viewing by visitors on the 50th anniversary of the collapse, and over the weekend.
Memories of people involved with the campaign to save Clevedon Pier have also been filmed, and will be retained for posterity in the Trust’s Community Archive.
Mike Hedger, the man who put the ‘Save the Pier’ sign up on Clevedon Pier after it collapsed on the day in 1970 joined the Pier recently with his wife Jo, to talk about how he and two others came up with the idea and put the sign in place.