Council seeks £20 million investment in Herne Bay Pier and seafront
Canterbury City Council is in the early stages of drawing up an application for the “game changing” money in the hope it will transform Herne Bay. Leader Ben Fitter-Harding expects the scheme to centre on three of the town’s main seaside attractions – the Bandstand, King’s Hall and pier.
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Renovation work delayed at Shotley Pier
There are hopes the revamped Shotley Pier could soon be welcoming guests after being hit by a series of delays including supply chain issues. The group behind the major renovation of the derelict pier saw their original plans delayed by the Covid pandemic, then the revised opening in May this year was kicked back thanks to a combination of issues caused by Brexit, global supply issues and shortage of delivery drivers.
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Remembering the day that work on building Redcar Pier began
In Redcar, Rear Admiral Thomas Chaloner, of Guisborough, had driven the first pile of the pier into the beach. “The weather was exceedingly fine, and Redcar being full of visitors, there was a large number of spectators on the sands to witness the ceremony.”
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A bumper August for visits to Southend Pier!
The iconic seafront attraction welcomed more than 74,000 visitors in August, the highest number since records began 14 years ago. On top of breaking the record for most visitors on the pier in one month, pier visitors for the year to date have already surpassed the total visitor numbers from last year.
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Bangor Garth Pier continues 125th-anniversary celebrations
Pupils from a Bangor primary school presented Bangor Pier with a wooden plaque as a special 125th-anniversary present. With help from school governor and Councillor Huw Wyn Jones, from Gwynedd Council’s Garth ward in Bangor, the plaque was presented to Avril Wayte, chair of Friends of Bangor Garth Pier, and Mayor of Bangor, Owen Hurcum.
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Clacton Pier gets ready to loop-the-loop!
Clacton Pier’s exciting-looking Looping Star Roller Coaster is hoped to be operating from the October half-term school break. It was purchased from a park in Aberdeen way back in 2019 to replace Stella’s Revenge, but frustrating delays with the delivery of the ride’s materials have held the unveiling back, in addition to storm damage to the west side of the ride deck.
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Plea for more investors to complete the restoration of Shotley Pier
Four years ago campaigners started the long process of raising enough funds to save it. Together, the community managed to get together a huge £500,000. Work to restore the Victorian structure back to its former glory started last summer, using reclaimed Greenheart timber – the hardest wood in the world. So far, far one-sixth of it has been revamped.
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Decision on Llandudno Pier Pavilion redevelopment hangs in the balance
Llandudno Pier owner Adam Williams claims the development would affect the ‘viability of the tourist attraction and says the pier may “close its gates for good” if controversial plans to build a luxury apartment complex right next door to it go ahead.
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Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre pays tribute to one of its most popular stars
The life of entertainer Paul Eastwood will be celebrated in a show coming to one of the venues he was famous for – Cromer Pier’s Pavilion Theatre. The tribute shows will take place on October 31 at 2pm and 7.30pm and money raised will go to the neuro intensive care unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, a cause that was close to his family’s heart for the treatment he received there.
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‘HMS Leigh’ opens to the public this weekend
During the Second World War Southend Pier was taken over by the Royal Navy and was renamed HMS Leigh and was closed to the public on September 9, 1939. The famed pier will reopen at 10am on Saturday, September 25 to HMS Leigh ‘The Bravest Pier in the World’ event ticket holders.
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Bangor Garth Pier launches annual pass scheme
Pricing for the Annual Pass starts at £5 for residents of an LL57 address, £10 for local students & £25 for other visitors, which allows unlimited visits to the Pier. The normal admission price of Adults – 50p, Children 6-17yrs – 20p and OAPs – 20p, without a pass, will remain in place.
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Antiques Road Trip makes its way to Clacton Pier
An episode of the Antiques Road Trip which was filmed at Clacton Pier is airing next week. The BBC programme, which follows experts as they head around the country to try and find hidden gems that will help them make a profit at auction, will air at 4.30pm on Tuesday, September 28, on BBC One.
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Blackpool North Pier pays tribute to Joe Longthorne
The all-star studded tribute to Joe Longthorne MBE has aptly been named ‘A Night to Remember’ and takes place on Saturday, with organisers inviting many of the entertainer’s showbiz pals including Roy Walker, Denise Nolan, and Viva’s Leye D Johns. The full programme includes more than 25 acts appearing at North Pier’s Joe Longthorne Theatre, which was renamed after the late entertainer, who died in August 2019 aged 64.
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Blackpool’s three piers bounce back from the pandemic
The Blackpool Pier Company, which owns the South, Central and North piers on city’s Promenade, added that visitor numbers and the resulting income have “exceeded projections” and it has also been able to rebuild its financial reserves.
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Bid for government funding for Helensburgh Pier
Argyll and Bute Council has published details of a possible bid to the Levelling Up fund, which aims to support smaller transport projects, town centre and High Street regeneration, and cultural and heritage assets. The proposed initiative includes the installation of “a modern berthing facility” at the pier, which has been unable to accommodate marine traffic since October 2018.
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‘Rock the Pier’ event raises over £7000 towards Hythe Pier refurbishment
Anthony Smith, chairman of Hythe Pier Heritage Association, said: “HPHA is proud to have staged such a successful event and is delighted with the amount raised towards its goal of restoring Hythe’s listed Victorian pier and its iconic railway.”
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New trains are on track at Southend Pier!
The new Southend Pier trains have now arrived and are set to be opened to the public soon. The new carriages were spotted on the seafront. The existing diesel trains have been in operation on the pier since 1986. The new trains include additional capacity, USB charging points, and have state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.
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A great look-back to Llandudno Pier in the 1980s
The Victorian history of the landmark was perhaps less clear in the 1980s than it is today, due to the popularity of bright lights and arcades. Adam Williams, the owner of Llandudno Pier, said: “A lot has changed at the pier since the 1980s because leisure is like a fast-changing industry, like the fashion industry”.
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Traditional ‘end of the pier show’ to be held in…Oldham!
A cracking night is guaranteed on Friday, October 8 as the Oldham Coliseum Theatre hosts a very special ‘End of the Pier Show’ in aid of Maggie’s Oldham. A full night of top-drawer music and comedy will feature huge names such as John Henshaw and the Bewildered, Buzz Hawkins and the Bradshaws, Eamonn O’Neal and Jimmy Wagg, Archie Kelly, Steve Royle and Sheila Gott.
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