A fire took hold of wheelie bins on 10 May in a carpark located by Southwold Pier, which services both local businesses and the attraction.
Management at the pier’s arcade were pleased to announce that that the blaze caused no harm, both to the pier’s infrastructure and footfall, due to the unsocial time of the fire, and the fact that the bins belonged to another business and were located at a considerable distance from their own site of operations.
With the smoke cleared, business is still booming at the pier’s prominent arcade, and prospects look even better for the summer.
“April has just been amazing, a late Easter really helps us business wise,” said Peter Websdale, manager of Southwold Pier. “We sell brass plaques, which you can purchase and have customised words engraved on. They’re going so well, it’s unbelievable! We also had a refit last year, which has certainly helped us. Just putting that little bit back into the arcade has been keeping people in there longer. I also think this year a lot of people will be spending their holidays in England instead of Europe, and that will have a positive knock on effect for tourism overall.”
Staff are however keeping a keen eye on CCTV near their own commercial bins as the blaze is one of three in recent weeks, taking place between two suspected cases of arson near a local golf course.