The National Piers Society is delighted to announce that its coveted annual prize goes to BANGOR GARTH, a fitting achievement for this Grade II* listed Welsh pier in its 125th year. CROMER PIER was voted in second place, followed by COLWYN BAY in third.
Bangor Garth Pier by Friends of Bangor Garth Pier
‘A Perfect Pier in a Perfect Setting’*
Bangor Garth arguably boasts the best panorama of views of any pier in the UK, looking out towards the Isle of Anglesey with the Menai Strait and Menai Bridge to its left, Llandudno to its right and behind it the mountainous skyline of Snowdonia. Unlike most other piers it has retained its Victorian toll booths and visitors are welcomed along its deck by brightly painted kiosks that now provide a home for local small enterprises. Under its distinctive silver onion dome, the Pavilion at the end offers homemade refreshments.
Still going strong in its anniversary year
Due to Covid-19 lockdowns, plans to mark 125 years since Bangor Garth’s opening on 14 May 1896 have been extended into a year-long programme of events. These celebrations also mark the culmination of a £1million project, begun in 2017, to completely restore the 1500ft long structure. More elegant than ever, the pier now also has its own Friends group launched in 2020. Working in partnership with the City Council, this charity has already proved its worth and NPS members commented on the friendly and welcoming atmosphere on the pier.
‘It is beautiful and tempting in all kinds of weather. Always clears my head when I walk down it!’*
(*Comments from National Piers Society members)
Avril Wayte, Chair of Friends of Bangor Garth Pier said: ‘We are overwhelmed and absolutely delighted to be awarded Pier of the Year 2022 – this is beyond our wildest dreams, and we can’t wait to welcome the world to our pier. We have a whole calendar of events planned for 2022, including for the Jubilee Weekend – come and join us! This last year has been quite a year for Bangor Garth Pier – so many things to celebrate, including the pier’s 125th anniversary in 2021. As a result of wonderful team efforts by Bangor City Council, Friends of Bangor Garth Pier, and the pier’s kiosk holders, our pier is the jewel in the crown of Bangor. For me, the best part of it all is the vibrancy than now surrounds our pier, in no small part due to our team of 50-plus dedicated volunteers who work on the pier, day in day out, and in all weathers. A real community effort.’
Cllr Owen Hurcum, Mayor of Bangor remarked that ‘Anyone who knows our wonderful pier will surely not be surprised at the news it has won Pier of the Year 2022 – they perhaps will be more surprised it doesn’t win every year! Being serious though, it is such an honour for our pier and a testament to all the hard work put into it by so many. It is so rewarding that the work and expense that Bangor City Council have put into saving it (twice now) and keeping it as a public attraction, and of course, the tireless and amazing work done by the newly formed Friends of Bangor Garth Pier and their volunteers has been recognised, and it is a huge honour for us to receive this recognition and be championed amongst all the piers in the UK.’
President of the National Piers Society, Gavin Henderson extended his ‘Congratulations to Bangor Garth – such a well-deserved Pier of the Year, and full marks to all its dedicated supporters in restoring this wonderful structure to its original glory.’
The Society’s Chairman, Tim Wardley, also sent his ‘Congratulations to Bangor Garth – a most worthy winner and a beautiful pier in the wonderful setting of North Wales appreciated and loved by locals and visitors alike. Through its restoration, over recent years its local authority owners have shown how much they value the pier as an asset to local tourism. I look forward to visiting soon to present the pier and its loyal team of volunteer helpers and staff their award. Three cheers for Bangor Garth!’
For further information please contact:
Avril Wayte, Chair of Friends of Bangor Garth Pier, 07974741755 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vanessa Hawkins, Press Officer, 07564228680 email@example.com
Kathryn Ferry, Media Relations Officer, National Piers Society 07941 805673 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bangor Garth Pier entrance by Anya Chapman