Plans for Lowestoft Claremont Pier deck to reopen
Work is underway for the end of Lowestoft’s Claremont Pier to be reopened for the first time in four decades. The 60-metre-long decked section of the pier was closed to the public in 1982, but the wheels are in motion for it to be renovated over the coming months.
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New super-sized ride planned for Blackpool South Pier
Thrill-seekers could soon be flying high above Blackpool’s South Pier if plans for a new ride get the go-ahead. Plans have been submitted to the council for approval for the ride which is similar to the Star Flyer which operated on the Tower Festival Headland last November.
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New mini-golf attraction opens at Weston Grand Pier
The new nine-hole golf course has been uniquely designed for the pier to reflect a journey through the fun and games people would experience when visiting the pier.
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Book and exhibition celebrate Birdman competitions
‘I started photographing West Sussex Birdman competitions in the 1990s. I’ve seen hats with propellers, people holding helium balloons – and a guy dressed as a dinosaur who said his name was Terry Dactyl’.
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Torquay Princess Pier partially reopens
Part of the pier is reopening, two months after damage caused by a superyacht that caught fire and sank. Princess Pier has been closed since the incident in May. Interim repair works are planned to begin next week with the fire-damaged part of the pier likely to remain closed until the autumn.
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Refurbishment works start at Helensburgh Pier
Helensburgh Pier will receive a £345,000 makeover to help improve the appearance and add to the overall improvements works at the waterfront. The works, funded by Crown Estates and the Scottish Government’s Place-Based Investment Programme include resurfacing the masonry section of the pier and replacing lighting.
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Remembering Brighton’s Chain Pier
Up until the late 19th-century Brighton boasted a third – though for much of that time the only – pier that reached out to sea from Kemptown. Commonly known as the Chain Pier, construction on the Brighthelmston Suspension Pier began in January 1823 at a cost of £28,000 and the work was completed in less than a year.
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Teignmouth Pier gets its own ‘Goggle Box’!
An old sentry box on a Devon seafront has been renovated and turned into a “peep box”. The box – outside Teignmouth’s Grand Pier – allows people to look inside and see how the town looked in old and more recent times.
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New train still not on track at Southend Pier
The train is part of a £3.2million project which has seen two eco-friendly, state-of-the-art vehicles. It was named after murdered Southend West MP Sir David Amess and began carrying passengers earlier in March. Problems with the train’s doors left people stranded on the train in April however, and it seems the glitch has still not been rectified.
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Florida’s St Pete Pier leads America’s urban design projects
St. Pete Pier has been selected as one of 10 winners of the Urban Land Institute’s 2022 Americas Awards for Excellence, a top honour recognising outstanding development projects in North and South America.
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Plug to be pulled on punk event at Southsea South Parade Pier?
Doubt has been cast on the Pompey Punk’n’Roll summer party planned for the end of the month after complaints that music at the most recent event ‘was so loud that people’s ornaments were vibrating’.
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Maintenance contract to be awarded at Worthing Pier
Worthing Borough Council owns both the lido and the pier with the structures costing around £11,000 and £183,000 to maintain each year respectively. Adur and Worthing Councils are set to award the important contract to JT Mackleys & Co.
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Walton Pier fully open after major refurbishment
The full complement of rides, bowling and other attractions opened on Saturday, July 16. A spokesman for Walton Pier said: “The virtual reality ride and bowling is finished and the escape rooms are coming along nicely”.
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First section of Lowestoft Claremont Pier deck reopens to public
The owners of Lowestoft’s Claremont Pier have re-decked the first few metres of the wooden structure as their ambitious project to reopen the whole end-section begins. Members of the public are invited to visit the renovated section and enjoy panoramic views of the seafront.
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Hythe Pier train centenary celebrations rock!
This year’s Rock the Pier event marked the longevity of the electric train that takes passengers to and from the Hythe ferry, which berths at the end of the 700-yard pier. In 1944 it was used by King George VI, who visited the Southampton area to review preparations for the D-Day landings.
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Walton Pier grand re-opening is set to go with a bang!
Walton Pier is holding a free fireworks display on Saturday from 9pm to commemorate its reopening. Guests can also enjoy the entertainment site’s fairground rides free of charge from 6pm until 9pm.
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Sightseeing cruises now sailing from Southend Pier
At the end of Southend Pier, Jetstream Tours is offering river cruises which take its customers on a sightseeing adventure. The day trips by river cruiser vary in price but all trips to and from Southend include pier entry with the boat ticket.
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