A BLACK tie event is being held to commemorate 150 years since the founding of Clacton.

A total of 150 guests will attend the glitzy event at the town’s Princes Theatre to mark the anniversary in style.

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

Alex Porter, councillor responsible for leisure and tourism at Tendring Council, which is co-ordinating Clacton 150, said the event would be a fun celebration of the landmark anniversary.

“What I love about Clacton 150 is the variety of events and activities going on, ranging from this formal, black tie gala to the Street Tag game which gets you out and about,” he said.

“The dinner dance will be a glamorous evening, perfect for a date night with a difference or perhaps a celebration of your own to mark alongside Clacton’s birthday.”

The Clacton 150 Dinner Dance takes place on November 6 and tickets cost £40 per person, which includes a three course meal, entertainment and live band.

Each of the 15 tables will have a different theme taken from Clacton’s history. To book your place, visit princestheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01255 686633.

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 clacton150@tendringdc.gov.uk.