Hastings pier opens tomorrow to public

Suggs, from Madness, nailing the last plank on Hastings Pier in March. SUS-160322-142656001

Suggs, from Madness, nailing the last plank on Hastings Pier in March. SUS-160322-142656001

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Hastings Pier is to open to the public tomorrow morning (Wednesday, April 27).

A phased reopening starts following two years of renovation works at a cost of £14.2 million.

The pier will open initially with a full service bar and restaurant in the newly renovated pavilion building plus a traditional funfair.

The café and roof terrace in the new The Deck at Hastings Pier building will open over the next few days.

A short season of open air film screenings continues the opening, starting on Thursday, May 12 with Re: A Pier the story of the renovation of Hastings Pier, told by film-maker, Archie Lauchlan, followed by Jaws on the Friday and an outdoor screening of Star Wars – the Force Awakens on Saturday, May 14.

Hastings Pier Charity said work will continue on the digital archive of the pier’s history including oral memories and memorabilia to be digitally available from the Lower Deck archive room once the computer systems have been installed and tested.

The archive will also be online once all systems are in place.

The pier will be fully open for the planned gala celebration of the completion of the works on Saturday, May 21 when Madness will headline a day of exploring the musical heritage of the pier following a formal opening ceremony that morning.

More than £11 million was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to fund the bulk of the pier project, as well as £2.5 million from other sources.

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