During my trial and tribulation of trips to the Tower – should be easy really … usually they just transport you there! One of my failed rail journeys when the signalling had gone haywire …
|What happened to me?|
… I decided instead a walk to the pier on a sunnyish day to ‘inspect’ the damage, have a coffee and see what was happening, which offered more promise than hanging around at the train station.
|This is how I'm meant to|
look - my Victorian lion
embellishment blazing a
trail - no not that burning one!
The Pier has to an extent re-opened … the burnt shell is cordoned off – but they can work from the underneath – and the walkways let us view the damage ...
... while getting to the end of the pier to fish should we wish, to have tea and cakes, visit the nightclub (no thanks), see the Camera Obscura (another day), or do a little gift shopping in the tourist trap are now possible.
|Gifts ... I did walk round and found|
a couple of cards .. just what I needed!
It is over 4 months since the pier caught fire … they think that it was arson – but are still working on the case …
|30 July 2014|
... however on talking to one of the waitresses in the tea-shop … she said it was all very orderly and definitely not dangerous – until the ‘Blue Room’ actually caught fire.
|Nuts, fruits, Turkish and Greek treats -|
one of the summer kiosks on the sea front
The ‘Blue Room’ was originally a dance hall, before being turned into the amusement arcade – the ‘popular addition’ to piers after the War.
|The Ironwork to be dismantled during |
November and December
Two enormous cranes, one on each side of the pier, will move into place on the beach towards the end of the month to dismantle the Victorian iron shell, scheduled for completion by Christmas.
|Cheerful summer planting|
with some baskets from one of the
stall holders - not normally seen at the front
Then, once the promised funding is in place, the new building will be constructed – this may be on two floors, though the façade has to be similar to the original structure – as it was a Grade II* listed building.
So I’ve included some photos from early September and recently at the end of October … next instalment will be when it’s repaired and open again for business …
|One of my iphone photos appearing in my tidal|
zone post in April ... the Blue Room is hardly visible
here - the Camera Obscura stands out
The carpet gardens are a draw to the seafront, while the promenades offer tarmac walks, or stretches on to our pebbly beach …
This is the lower tidal zone and so is sandy ... higher up it is pebbly protecting the sea-front against the winter storms and high tides ...
You can see our tidal zones and the beach front in my Z post from this year’s A-Z Challenge: Aspects of British …
Link to when the pier burnt down - Conflagration ...
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