Madness invade Hastings!
Of course, a grand opening is planned and Madness will headline a gala celebration on 21st May. The pier is well-known for hosting many of the UK’s most talented stars including Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix.
The historical pier opened for the first time in 1872 and is 272 metres long. Although popular in the good old days, it is no surprise that its popularity has been in decline due to a lack of investment over the years. Unfortunately, the pier was closed in 2008 and a devastating fire in 2010 caused serious damage to its structure.
Naturally, the locals in the vicinity rallied round and decided to create a huge campaign which successfully won a Heritage Lottery Fund award of £11.4m, plus an additional £2.5m from other sources. A highly successful Community Share issue put another £600,000 into the project.
Renovation work commenced in 2014 which included adding a huge 50 miles of new decking, 500,000+ screws and replacing 70% of the steelwork! An attractive visitor’s centre has been added to the pier, along with a café with roof terrace and a full service restaurant named The Pavilion.
Visitors can book tickets for the exciting gala opening day celebrations by visiting the Hastings Pier website. It is good to see that tickets will be free. Please do note that free tickets will be allocated subject to a ballot due to crowd restrictions on the new pier.
Without a doubt Hastings Pier will be restored to more than its former glory and the opening event is sure to be a fantastic event for all ages. If you wish to find out more, please visit: