The old adage of less is more

Although a chilly south-east wind prevailed, cycling out from Bulverhythe to the Old Town on Sunday, April 10, promised the summer of sun we all hope to enjoy in these forth coming months.

As the pier loomed up on the horizon, I realised that although the centre structure reminded me of a WW1 tank, it really wasn’t all that bad.

The glass wall edging the roof sun terrace melted into the aquamarine sky and hinted at the missed opportunity for the structure to be totally at one with its surroundings – had it been clad with mirrored glass, as first intended.

As in the film Predator, it would have disappeared into sea and sky, however, needs must and if wooden, silver-grey cladding has to suffice, I can live with that.

Just prior to the pier being closed to the public, my last few strolls onto the pier were a disappointing experience.

It was depressing to be funnelled down the narrow, dark, damp pier shopping mall, of second-rate ‘Camden Lock’ type outlets; selling naff souvenirs and items that would have been more suited to a car boot sale.

It is a saving grace that some bright spark didn’t manage to persuade the structure to be painted black, to echo the Old Town Net Huts. The old adage less is more applies in this case and the utilitarian sparse restoration will allow our pier to be a people’s pier and adapt readily to the various and hopefully diverse events throughout the year.

In this WW1 commemorative period, maybe it is appropriate the structure resembles a WW1 tank, and it will see a further 100 years of service to Hastings town and people.

Sarah Stephenson

The Slides

St Leonards

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at 2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @HastingsObs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Hastings Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.