Southsea’s South Parade Pier has been awarded the coveted Pier of the Year accolade by the National Piers Society.
The Grade II-listed pier, which was only reopened by new owners the Ware family in April last year, narrowly beat Felixstowe in second place and Worthing in third.
It had been shut since 2012, when Portsmouth City Council served the previous owners with a dangerous structure order.
Gavin Henderson CBE, National Piers Society president, said the award was recognition of the Ware’s and their associate Bob Pettet’s commitment and investment in the 110-year-old pier, adding that it had been brought “beautifully back from the brink”.
The society said the pier was once again playing an important part in the tourist economy of the area, encouraging inward investment and injecting civic pride.
More than £5m has been invested in the attraction, enabling the first 51m (167ft) to be reopened, and Portsmouth City Council now considers the whole structure safe for public access.
Tommy Ware Snr commented: “It has been a hard slog to get this far but we are delighted to have the efforts of every one of the pier team recognised with this superb award.”