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The fire made the front page of the National newspapers as well as all the locals.

This post is a continuation of the previous Eastbourne Pier photographic study, the images here taken on Thursday, the day after the fire. The firemen had left after working through the night, and into the following morning, to ensure the fire was completely out. The next afternoon the scaffolders moved in to make the structure safe. A crowd funding appeal has been launched by resident Bruce Salter as reported on the BBC News website: “The money raised will go into the Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund and will be used to create pop-up shops “to keep the pier traders afloat and as soon as the work starts to rebuild this landmark structure”.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-28624074

The pier seems to be a peculiar invention of Victorian Britain born from its love of seaside holidays, starting as promenade piers and later becoming pleasure piers. Eastbourne’s pier is

“recognised as the finest pier along the South Coast” said Anthony Wills of the National Piers Society… some 40 (piers) have been lost in recent years leaving some 61 still standing.

(source The Times, Thursday July 31st).

 

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The staircase in ‘The Blue Room’ is still visible at the centre of the wreckage.

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Detail of the burnt-out section of the pier, showing melted girders and a totally destroyed vending machine. Apparently the arcade safe is below the pier in the sea.

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News reporters flocked to the seafront the day after the fire.

The Towner Gallery in Eastbourne is currently showing an exhibition of English piers by Brighton-based photographer Simon Roberts: http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/simon-roberts-pierdom/

See also this blog post regarding the book: http://blog.photoeye.com/2013/12/book-review-pierdom.html

And this post exploring the relationship between the British and their love of seaside holidays, in particular piers: http://theconversation.com/eastbourne-pier-fire-highlights-british-fascination-with-fun-and-danger-at-the-seaside-30054

Also http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/Eastbourne.htm a site which shows Eastbourne’s Theatres and Halls. The ‘Blue Room’ originally being built as a Music Pavilion.

I’m not sure what the next couple of weeks will bring – the annual Airbourne Show is held between the 14th to the 17th August this year. See my previous blog posts:

https://sideways14.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/airbourne-zooming-in-on-an-air-show-at-the-seaside/

https://sideways14.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/last-of-the-summer-rockpooling/

 

 

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