Tag: National Piers Society

Pier today, gone tomorrow – and rebuilt again

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Redevelopment and increasing de-privatisation of piers are expected to be key topics at this year’s National Pier Society annual general meeting, says the society’s honorary secretary Dr Anya Chapman.   The weekend-long event is taking place from 16 - 18 June in the seaside town of Torquay. As the British pier is increasingly coming under ownership from charities and public trusts,...

Game of Piers gears up following Pier of the Year

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With Hastings winning Pier of the Year for 2017 at the start of this month, next year’s competition has already begun for some inspired pier owners.   Next year’s Pier of the Year award is already on the target list for some pier owners, each looking to succeed newly annointed Hastings. While the amusement- less pier won the 2017 edition from...

South Parade Pier FEC to open for Easter with Harry Levy at the helm

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The once ailing South Parade Pier is back with a vengeance. And helping to chart its new course is the Harry Levy Group which has taken over the operation of the pier’s revamped amusement arcade. Aptly, Easter marks the resurrection of an coastal icon.   South Parade Pier’s family entertainment centre will open on Good Friday after undergoing refurbishment as part...

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...

Pier of the Year 2016 sold

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Cleethorpes Pier is to be transformed into the “world’s biggest” fish and chip restaurant after its sale to regional operator Papa’s Fish and Chips has finally been confirmed. Head of the family business, Sid Papas, 53, said: “It’s a traditional pier and we are so pleased and so proud and want to make everyone else proud of it. We are...

Residents criticise Brighton’s West Pier Trust

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Brighton’s West Pier Trust has been criticised by the town’s residents, including bestselling crime author Peter James, for failing to make more effort to preserve the remaining structure of the stricken pier which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary. The Trust owns the structure and the surrounding land, which is valued at £1.4m, but its CEO Rachel Clark has stated...