A pier without peer

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These images are taken from the stunning new book by local author and historian Steve Peake and capture the evolution of one of the town’s best loved landmarks.

It follows the story of the coastal landmark from the drilling of the first pile in December 1869 to it rising from the ashes this year after the devastating fire of 2010.

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On August 5 1872 the new 910 ft long Hastings Pier was declared a ‘peerless-pier’ because of its unique 2,000 seat grand pavilion, the first of its kind and a feature soon widely adopted by piers across the country.

The high point of the pier’s popularity came in the 1930’s, which was a boom-time for Hastings as a seaside resort.

The pier finally closed its gates in 2008 after suffering storm damage and then suffered the catastrophic fire in 2010.

Miraculously it has now entered a new phase in its illustrious history following a campaign backed by local people which saw it re-opening last summer.

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The book, Hastings Pier - The History, is available in hardback and softback versions. The hardback book contains a list of all the pier charity’s shareholders and costs £25. The paperback is £14.99. ISBN 978-0-9935327-2-6.

The books are on sale at the pier, Book Buster, in Queens Road, Aquila House, on the seafront and the Fisherman’s Museum, in the Old Town.

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