Sheikh Abid Gulzar has once more affirmed his dedication to making Hastings Pier a south coast success story by helping facilitate a last-minute wedding event that had been left limbo since the change of owners.
They say that action speaks louder than words and Sheikh Abid Gulzar is proving that in spades in Hastings. Bewilderingly criticised in some quarters, the pier boss’ latest piece of positive community engagement has been to save plans for a wedding on the Grade-II listed structure that had once seemed dead in the water following its prior sale.
Whilst Gulzar had previously stated that all existing events would be honoured under the new ownership, the couple from St Leonards were understandably anxious having seen their catering, management and planning staff all pull out of the wedding.
“We had heard that Mr Gulzar was going to honour all of the events on the pier but we knew little else and time was ticking,”said groom Stuart Simons.
He and his partner however were invited to meet with Gulzar and his assistant Manas Singh who gave assurances that the show would indeed go on.
“Manas could have done no more to facilitate the wedding. He and Mr Gulzar went out of their way to calm us down and to reassure us that they would deliver us the best wedding day possible.Yes,I had doubts but I shouldn’t have,”added Simons.
Gulzar noted his delight that the event went to plan and gave the couple the big day they had wanted despite the meager three week deadline.
“This is a great example of how my staff will deliver the very best service for the community,”he said.“We were deter- mined from the outset, as we always are, that our customer service would be 100 percent.And it was.My team was very meticulous from the start and we were determined to do our very best for them.”
Hosting events such as weddings is but one part of the grand offering Gulzar has planned for the structure. Having already made Eastbourne Pier a success just miles down the coast the Hastings boss is in good stead to breathe life into the Grade-II listed structure that has endured a calamitous period of community ownership.
“They were thrilled and so was I. It is just one example of how we can develop the business to be a perfect destination for weddings. And we will look to expand this into other events as well, whether it be conferences, special events or funerals. “We will treat our customers with 100 percent respect and deliver the perfect service.”