I have written before about our historic Victorian pier here in Hastings in East Sussex, England. Opened in 1872, the pier was closed some years ago due to safety concerns and later devasted by fire in October 2010.With funding from the Lottery Heritage Fund and money raised from the public, rebuilding work has been taking place over the last few years with the grand re-opening now hopefully taking place in April 2016.Much work has been carried out to strengthen the iron sub structure. Wooden... continue reading
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Back in October 2010 I posted about the devasting fire which had destroyed most of the Victorian pier here in Hastings.Great news this week when the charitable trust hoping to restore the pier was awarded £11.4 million towards the £13.9 million needed from the Heritage Lottery Fund.There is still some money to raise but, all being well, work should start in Spring 2013 with completion in late 2014.The original 1872 substructure remained intact after the fire and a newly designed upper structure... continue reading
Sunday July 22, 2012 saw thousands of pirates take over my seaside home of Hastings in East Sussex, England. First started in 2009, Pirate Day forms part of the Old Town Carnival Week. The following year Hastings won the Guinness World Record for the "largest gathering of pirates". Not to outdone, in 2011 Penzance (where else?) beat the record with nearly 9000 pirates gathered.Fighting back in earnest this year Hastings switched the day from Friday to Sunday (to maximise pirate availability) and... continue reading
October saw a sad event in Hastings when the Victorian pier was largely destroyed by fire in the early hours of the 5th. Opened in 1872 it was designed and built by Eugenius Birch who was also responsible for a number of other piers including the west Pier in Brighton (also destroyed by fire a few years back). It had been closed for several years due to safety concerns but, nethertheless, continued to be an elegant landmark on the coastline here.Since moving to Hastings last year I have taken... continue reading
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