Arcades miss out in Pier of the Year awards

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Hastings Pier has been voted as Pier of the Year 2017 awards with Worthing and Llandudno Piers coming in second and third respectively.

 

The newly reopened Hasting Pier has been voted Pier of the Year 2017 by members of the National Piers Society in the recent awards vote.

It narrowly beat Worthing, which for the third year running came second, while Llandudno again took third place in this, the 21st year of the competition.

Hasting’s 145-year-old structure was severely damaged by a fire in 2010 but it reopened last year following a £14.2m restoration project.

Built by seaside architect and noted promenade pier designer Eugenius Birch, the pier was prosperous during the mid-20th Century but it went into decline as holidaymakers travelled further afield.

After falling into disrepair, it was closed for safety reasons in 2006, before fire tore through the pier four years later.

Work to redevelop the structure began after the council compulsorily purchased it from its owners in 2012 and saw the pier’s former pavilion turned into a restaurant and bar.

The structure is now owned by the Hastings Pier Charity and 3,000 shareholders who bought into the project at £100 a share.

The award marks the second year in a row that a pier without an arcade has taken the top spot. While previously it was quite rare to find a pier without an arcade, currently the balance is almost half and half.


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