Southsea South Parade Pier has been awarded the coveted accolade ‘Pier of the Year’ by members of the National Piers Society narrowly beating Felixstowe in second place, and Worthing in third. The award is in recognition of the commitment and investment the Ware family and their associate Bob Pettett have devoted to the 110 year old pier which allowed its re-opening in April 2017 after five years of closure during which time the pier suffered decay and storm damage. Now once again playing an important part in the tourist economy of the area, encouraging inward investment and injecting civic pride, the pier richly deserves the accolade ‘Pier of the Year’.
NPS President Gavin Henderson CBE said of the award “Southsea’s South Parade Pier is so beautifully back from the brink and fully deserves to be heralded as ‘Pier of the Year’”.
Tommy Ware Snr on behalf of the pier owners said upon being notified of the award “ This is truly wonderful. I don’t quite know what to say! It has been a hard slog to get this far but we are delighted to have the efforts of every one of the pier team recognised with this superb award. Thank you all so much”.
Councillor Gerald Vernon Jackson MBE added his congratulations saying “My congratulations to Tommy Ware, Bob Pettett and all the team on the great work to bring South Parade Pier back into life again. Tommy has shown that with good business sense, hard work and real long term investments, a derelict pier can be made to thrive again. Everyone in Southsea will be grateful to Tommy that he brought our pier back to life”.
For further information please contact National Piers Society Media Relations Officer Anthony Wills;