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Pier of the Year - Hastings - Visit 1066 Country

Pier of the Year - Hastings

3rd April 2017

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Hastings Pier has been voted Pier of the Year.

Hastings beat off Worthing in the competition judged by the National Piers Society (NPS), with Llandudno pier taking third place.

The 145-year-old structure was hit by a devastating fire in 2010 but it reopened last year following a £14.2m restoration project.

Gavin Henderson, NPS president, said the pier was "truly a phoenix".

Maria Ludkin, chair of Hastings Pier Trustees, said: "We are absolutely delighted that our wonderful community-owned pier has won this prestigious award."

years before the fire because of safety concerns

The pier, built by engineer Eugenius Birch, was prosperous during the mid-20th Century but it went into decline as holidaymakers travelled further afield.

It was closed for safety reasons in 2006 because it had fallen into disrepair, before fire tore through the structure four years later.

Work to redevelop it began after the council compulsorily purchased it from its owners in 2012.

The redevelopment took more than two years and saw the pier's former pavilion turned into a restaurant and bar.

The structure is now owned by the Hastings Pier Charity and 3,000 shareholders who bought into the project at £100 a share.

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