Coat of Arms designed for Clacton's anniversary as part of school competition

Wednesday, 8 September, 2021
Councillor Jeff Bray presenting the prizes to Dom Bowden

Schoolchildren designed alternative coats of arms for Clacton in a competition to mark the town’s 150th birthday.

Pupils were invited to submit their designs, reflecting on the town’s history and character, as part of the Clacton 150 celebrations.

A panel of judges, made up of Tendring District Council (TDC) Chairman Jeff Bray, and TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism Councillor Alex Porter assessed the entries to pick a winner.

Highfields Primary School pupil Dom Bowden won, with Charlie Harrigan at Alton Park Junior School and Jacob Wheat from Engaines Primary School and Nursery runners-up.

All three received a certificate and a free family swim voucher to use at a Tendring leisure centre, while Dom won a trophy featuring his coat of arms design.

Councillor Jeff Bray said the judges loved his design, which included Clacton Pier, beach huts and ice creams.

“All of the entries were great, each capturing different elements of this wonderful town,” Councillor Bray said.

“Dom’s stood out with his colourful design and I particularly liked the ice creams which looked good enough to eat.

“Well done to Dom, Charlie and Jacob, and to everyone who took part in this fun competition.”

Charlie’s design incorporated the Pier and offshore wind farm, Clacton Queen and observation wheel, while Jacob’s showed the Red Arrows flying over Clacton Pier.

Clacton was formed 150 years ago in 1871 when the Pier, Royal Hotel and station were built as part of a new Victorian seaside resort.

The Clacton 150 celebrations received £250,000 from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, which has paid for a heritage trail and two staff to co-ordinate events and activities such as the coat of arms competition. People and businesses are encouraged to hold their own events and activities to celebrate Clacton 150, and share details with the co-ordinating team at

Last updated on: 08/09/2021 - 17:14