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Hastings Pier gets £11m resurrection funding

Posted on Monday, 19 November by

The burnt out remnants of Hastings Pier will be resurrected to its former glory much to the delight of the town’s people, having been awarded to the pier’s trust to buy and restore the pier.

Hastings Pier was 95% destroyed by a fire which started on the 5th October 2010 and took four days to put out. Those responsible for the blaze were arrested but the Crown Prosecution Service said there was not enough evidence to bring charges.

Following the blaze, the pier’s owners, based in Panama, failed to respond to approaches made by the council. In September, the government announced that the compulsory purchase order of Hastings Pier from its owners could go ahead.

The £11.4m grant, awarded to the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT), will allow the trust to buy the pier after a compulsory purchase order was issued to its owners.

Simon Opie, chief executive of the trust, said: “The overall approach is to protect the heritage and respect the design and the engineering of the sub-structure – the remarkable Victorian engineering – and then to put on top of the pier some elements which reflect the future of the pier and the value that it can deliver for the 21st Century.”

The pier has played host over the years to many notable names in music, particularly in the 1960s and the 1970s such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Jones and Pink Floyd.

Let’s hope we see a return of such stardom.

For more information, visit the HPWRT website.

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Lewis Scrafton
22. Co-founder and editor of SQ Magazine. Studying at University of Sussex. Interned at MATTER and published in The Guardian.

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