Future Of Pier Toasted

4 August 2010, 00:00 | Updated: 4 August 2010, 06:21

Supporters of Hastings Pier met together over a celebratory lunch to launch a new poster campaign.

Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Councillor Jeremy Birch, spoke at the event, which was organised by the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust.

Cllr Birch said: “I am very pleased indeed that as a local authority we have been able to start the process of saving Hastings Pier, working alongside the extremely hard working members of the Trust. The difficult work really begins now attracting funding to make sure the Pier is restored back to the historic icon and popular tourist attraction it was in its heyday.

“The posters are excellent and will go a long way in drawing attention and support to the work of regenerating the Pier.”

Hastings Pier is one of just 55 piers left in Britain and has been declared the ‘most at risk’. Built in 1869, the pier was owned and managed by the Hastings Pier Company, set up by an Act of Parliament. It has never been owned by the Council

The Trust reckons it needs £4m for the initial work and probably around £8m to complete the restoration