Compiled by Anthony Wills Blazes destroy Weston Grand pavilion and Fleetwood, but arson attack at Great Yarmouth Wellington averted The Grade II listed GRAND pier at WESTON-SUPER-MARE was badly damaged by a fire that broke out at 0615 on the morning of 28 July …. Blazes destroy Weston Grand pavilion and Fleetwood, but arson attack…

Compiled by Anthony Wills The DCMS has announced that the first recipients of its Sea Change awards are BLACKPOOL, DOVER and TORBAY. These resorts will receive £4 million each for seafront regeneration and can choose individual projects to spend the money on, but they have to raise matching sums from other sources in order to…

Compiled by Anthony Wills Fresh hope for ailing piers? The new Culture Secretary James Purnell has announced that £15 million of government funds will be made available annually from 2008-11 to help regenerate rundown English seaside resorts. The grants, which will be administered by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), will be…

Compiled by Anthony Wills GREAT YARMOUTH Council, who own the WELLINGTON pier, has received a Townscape Initiative Award (funded via the National Lottery) towards the cost of rebuilding the demolished historic pier theatre as a “family amusement centre”. Neither the Theatres Trust nor the National Piers Society is happy with this award and the NPS…

Compiled by Anthony Wills At their cabinet meeting on 5 March members of HASTINGS Council agreed, in the apparent absence of any action by owners Ravenclaw Investments, to commission a structural survey of the pier, the estimated cost (£100,000) being taken from the Council’s Seafront Strategy budget. Depending on the survey’s findings the Council will…

Compiled by Anthony Wills HASTINGS pier is closed indefinitely. The traders on the Promenade Extension, which had remained open for business, left on 31 October 2006. The final event that night was a Hallowe’en Party held in the Gritti Palace pub. The structure is now padlocked and deserted. A well-attended meeting to discuss the pier’s…

Compiled by Anthony Wills Following its disastrous fire, SOUTHEND pier recovered sufficiently to reopen to visitors on 1 December. One of the pier trains was brought back into service (the other is having a repaint from its previous, unfortunate, red colour to blue….) A viewing area was set up approximately one mile from the pier…

Compiled by Anthony Wills Sir Lindsay Bryson, Chairman of the BRIGHTON WEST Pier Trust, died on 24 March aged 80, after a long battle with cancer. The Times carried a lengthy obituary on March 29. A memorial service was held on 11 April. His successor is Glynn Jones. The Gambling Bill scraped through Parliament just…

The award-winning Cromer Pier Show is back! The ultimate live theatre experience, an exciting new format and a Sensational Variety of Talent. The show must go on and with a New Special Guest Act every week joining the stellar cast it’s like a brand-new theatre experience every time you visit! With stars from BGT, favourites from past years and…

The first indoor socially distanced festive variety show in Norfolk and possibly even Great Britain is right here, it’s not The Cromer Pier Christmas Show but it is the  next best thing  Hosted by Norfolk funny man Olly Day and an array of the finest variety entertainers in the country fused together in a celebration…