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Hastings Pier is a pleasure pier in Hastingsmarker, East Sussexmarker, Englandmarker.

The pier was opened on August 5, 1872, by the then Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Earl of Granville. It was designed by Eugenius Birch, who also designed the West Pier, Brightonmarker and it is often seen as an innovative design considering the technical constraints of the late-Victorian period.

The original 2,000 seater pavilion was destroyed by fire in 1917.

In 1996 it was put up for sale, but the future of the pier was put in grave doubt as interested buyers were reluctant to invest due to the serious amount of capital needed to improve the unstable structural supports. However the pier was eventually sold and reopened under new ownership in 2002.

In July 2006, Hastings Borough Council upon discovering that part of the pier's structure was unsafe promptly closed the pier to the general public. Protracted legal wranglings between the pier's owners, Ravenclaw Investments, and Hastings Borough Council followed. Finally, Stylus Sports, a pier tenant who operate the gaming attractions, in conjunction with Hastings Borough Council funded the much needed £300,000 of repairs, which enabled the court order closing the pier to be lifted. This financial uplift enabled the majority of the pier to reopen on 4 July 2007. However, on 12 March 2008 the Hastings Observer reported to concerned locals how storm damage had caused considerable damage and that two support columns were in imminent danger of collapse. Fortunately stronger barriers restricting public access to the damaged areas were put in place and patch up repairs to the bracing prevented any disaster from occurring. Nevertheless, to date the whole of the pier now remains closed once more due to the re-occurring technical issues and its long-term future is still uncertain whilst public safety continues to be the key issue.

During its hayday in the 1960's and 70's, the pier hosted appearances by The Rolling Stones, The Who, Tom Jones and Pink Floyd.Later, entertainment promotors prefered the more hospitable facilities that the White Rock theatre could offer as the pier was no longer deemed as a serious venue for renound acts.

The pier, along with the seafront once featured in the 1993 music video of the now defunct UK rock band Kingmaker, titled "Queen Jane".

The Hastings Pier & White Rock Trust have been established to raise funds through various means including : cup collecting ,raffles and jumble sales etc, their long term goal is to acquire the pier and form a not-for-profit company to renovate and reopen the pier.

In August 2009, the Hastings Observer launched a campaign petition to Save the Pier which is available to anyone interested to sign virtually online. On saturday 17th of October 2009 over one thousand disgruntled people marched through Hastings in protest at the Hastings Borough Councils' alleged lack of impetus with regard to dealing with the pier as an eyesore and its unlawful sale to a foreign business albeit no domestic interest. The march concluded with members of the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) handing a Compulsory Purchase Order pack, to the council.It is now hoped by many individuals and local small businesses that a decisive outcome will err in favour of promoting the seafront as a picturesque tourist attraction once again.

In November 2009 Kerry and Michelle Michael, the siblings who own The Grand Piermarker in Weston-super-Maremarker which caught fire in 2008 destroying the pavilion which is now being rebuilt at a cost of more than £50million, looked along with a team of engineers at the possibility of purchasing Hastings Pier and restoring it to its former glory. However after a structural assessment is was estimated that repairs would cost in excessof £24million with a similar amount needed to restore attractions to the pier head.

Hastings Pier from the beach

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  1. Hastings Observer

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