Pier is a pleasure pier in
Hastings, East Sussex in the United
Kingdom. The town has never been able to compete with the
cosmopolitan Brighton or the babe-tastic Bournemouth. Even neighbouring
blue rinse, Eastbourne, beats it with its sea front flower arrangements,
although we note their pier is also in need of some paint. Hastings has
not got a lot to recommend it as our pictures suggest, and the rumours
that Hastings has the second-highest suicide
rate in the UK is enough to make anyone want to rethink their location.
Pier in much need of restoration
various period of its history, the pier included various halls: Pier
Pavilion (destroyed in 1917, rebuilt 1922, used as a drama theatre in
the 1930s), Pier Theatre (opened 1881?, rebuilt 1934, demolished 1951),
and a bandstand. Used for music hall and variety performances. From the
1960s, also used for large rock concerts.
pier opened on August
5, 1872, by the then Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Earl of Granville.
Eugenius Birch, designer of the West Pier, Brighton, also designed this
pier. In 1996 the pier was put up for sale, but the future of the pier
was put in doubt as there were no interested buyers due to the amount of
money needed to improve the piers supports. However the pier was bought
and reopened under new ownership in 2002. Despite the investment put
into safety features it was recently discovered that supports had
collapsed, and it is now unlikely the pier will be open for the summer.
on Hastings Pier started on 18th December
1869. It was opened by the Earl of Granville, Lord Warden of the Cinque
Ports amid great ceremony on Monday, 5th August 1872, the country's
first ever Bank Holiday. Designed by the famous engineer Eugenius Birch,
at a cost of £23,250, the original pier was modelled on Brighton West
Pier. Unlike Brighton, however, a very handsome oriental style pavilion,
capable of seating 2000 people comfortably, was constructed at the
seaward end. The pier was 910ft (275m) long and varied in width from
45ft (13.6m) to 190ft (57.5m). On the approach to the pavilion, a flight
of steps either side of the building led down to the landing stages,
each 200ft (60.6m) long by 8ft (2.4m) wide. In 1885 a further landing
stage was built at a cost of £2,000.
the early part of the 20th century, many small buildings were erected on
Hastings Pier to house various leisure facilities. In 1910/1911 a
shooting gallery and slot machines were installed, and in 1912 a rifle
range and bowling alley were added. In 1913 the shoreward end of the
pier, known as the 'parade extension', was sold to the local council to
finance a new arcade, shops and tearooms. On 15th July
1917 the pavilion was destroyed by fire, eventually being replaced by a
much less elaborate structure in 1922 often cruelly referred to by the
townsfolk as an 'aircraft hanger'. A shoreward end pavilion was built in
1926, embellished by an art deco faÁade in the 1930s. During this
period Hastings Pier provided much entertainment. There was dancing
every night, daytime concerts, stunt diving, and speedboat trips out to
the harbour and back. A searchlight was even fitted to the pier to
provide adequate light for the youngsters who dared to go midnight
Sunshine Girls and
owner 'will appeal' against order to keep it closed - 12 September
COURT has ruled the main section of
Hastings Pier will remain closed until vital repair work is complete.
objections from owner Ravenclaw and legal representations from tenant
Stylus Sports, District Judge Roger Ede decided Hastings Council was
justified in closing the structure on June 16.
After hearing from the council's expert witness at Hastings Magistrates'
Court on Tuesday, Judge Ede ruled there was definite risk to the health
and safety of the public caused by failing trusses supporting the
structure. He said: "The damaged trusses could lead to overloading
and what the expert witness described as progressive collapse. For that
reason I am making the order."
Public access to the main section will continue to be prohibited, as will
access by any vehicle. Where this leaves the future of the pier remains
unclear. Commercial manager Harmesh Pooni is adamant it is not the end.
After Tuesday's hearing, he said: "We will appeal and take this to
the High Court. We were confident of victory here today but our
preparations were scuppered when our engineer resigned earlier this week,
saying the pressure of the job had become too much.
"Obviously public safety is paramount, but the evidence produced by
the council was very selective. Ironically, the pictures of failing
trusses they presented were mainly from the front section of the pier,
which they have been urging people to visit."
Hastings Council spokesman Kevin Boorman said he was very pleased the
council's position had be vindicated by the judge. "We have only ever
been interested in public safety," he said. "What we need to do
now is work with the owners and tenants to ensure the work is carried out
to make the pier safe, and it should have a bright future. "But we do
expect the pier owners to take responsibility for their structure."
Responding to Mr Pooni's statement that Ravenclaw would take the matter to
appeal, Mr Boorman added: "It has taken us three months to get here.
Our evidence was available back in June, and we were the only party to
produce experts in court.
"If Ravenclaw were serious about contesting the order, we would have
expected them to produce their own experts and evidence by now."
The Sunshine Girls -
night in the swish bars of Hastings and the talk of the town is the latest
Collusion event on Hastings Pier, with
special guest, Radio One DJ Judge Jules.
Despite a constant battle with the national press, the local Council's
efforts to brighten up the seafront, parks and town centre areas added to
the new businesses including the recently opened University Centre
Hastings which currently hosts 450 students, with another 700 expected in
September... With all that in mind - things are on the up, as
Collusion regularly seems to prove.
Closing time arrives and a steady stream of clubbers make their way to the
ballroom at the end of the pier, where local resident Simon "One
Stop" Fortsch (aka Sound Fortsch) is building the night with a
selection of old trance classics and newer tunes. In the funky
second room, people are cutting a rug to disco-tinged favourites from
(What The Funk? & Clubbing UK's) Matt Sharp and Scott Taylor.
Midnight arrives and with it a huge cheer for the star of the show, Judge
Jules, who launches into an upfront trance selection, which includes
another airing for his latest production featuring none other than the
Judge himself on vocals. ďItís been a very long time since
Iíve played on Hastings pier,Ē he grins, ďbut Iím pleased to see
the crowd have lost none of their enthusiasmĒ.
As Jules signs off and the crowd roar their approval, Collusion resident
DJ Eggy takes over with a harder-edged sound and people stomp on into the
Writing in his weekly diary on www.judgejules.net,
"the evening at Hastings Pier was very busy, and the atmosphere even
better. I donít know what it is about seaside towns, but just
about every key one has a vibrant club scene. I hadnít played
Hastings previously for over ten years, but there certainly wonít be
anything like this gap before Iím back again. We left for the 3 hour
slap back up to Global with huge smiles on our faces."
The months of hard work of the dedicated resident DJs and punters alike
has kept this night afloat, with the amazing successes of their
all-nighter parties it's a fantastic return to form for dance music in
conquered the Saxon at Hastings, and a nice little handful it is."
Sunshine Girls - "Dear
Councillors, please save our heritage"
(150 to 300 m)
Tide & Swell
working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
along the seafront and you cant miss it best place to park -
behind white rock theatre or the underground carpark
INDEX A - Z
HEAD - BELL
TOOT (BELLE TOUT) LIGHTHOUSE
SHOW and GYMKHANA
VALLEY - EXCEAT
AND BOROUGH COUNCILS
EASTBOURNE - EASTBOURNE
- NET SHOPS -
- CASTLE - CE
SCHOOL - LINKS - FESTIVAL
THINGS TO DO GUIDE
BATTLE OF HASTINGS
MILL, OLD HEATHFIELD
Pier entrance with shops fenced off
taste for adventure capitalists
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